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Suesquach

Great article Branco. It's something I've also thought about. I hope more researchers look into this possibility.

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KB I am on the same page as you... was thinking about the Lenni Lenape tribe that was here many moons ago. There are sites all over the area. It led me to a BF sighting 2 weeks agi, me and my friend were looking for an Ancient burrial ground on the southern end of Jenny Jump mountain.. Happened to be in an area, though surrounded by people, not used much by people. Thinking of doing  Lenni Lenape relic searches and maybe I will find more than just relics...Great post!

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norseman

We NEVER use white light or any color light if I can help it , { if we need light in the tent for second or 2 we use red } .

 

Just curious what the thought process was behind this SOP Nathan.

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NathanFooter

Norseman , it is clear they have great night vision and so white light can make them night blind for a period of time. 

 

 You can do this test on your self , go outside late at night for 25 minutes with no light to let your eyes adjust to the dark , then blast your self in the face with a bright light , you will not be able to see anything for up to 5 minutes.

 

  This has been noted in reports and in the early BFRO investigations { and my own } that when you blast them with a light the activity ends right then, they leave and avoid you. 

 

As to why red light in the tent , red light impact the eye much less than the rest of the light spectrum. that is why it is common place on headlamps, so hunters can navigate to their tree stand without spooking much game.

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Norseman , it is clear they have great night vision and so white light can make them night blind for a period of time. 

 

 You can do this test on your self , go outside late at night for 25 minutes with no light to let your eyes adjust to the dark , then blast your self in the face with a bright light , you will not be able to see anything for up to 5 minutes.

 

  This has been noted in reports and in the early BFRO investigations { and my own } that when you blast them with a light the activity ends right then, they leave and avoid you. 

 

As to why red light in the tent , red light impact the eye much less than the rest of the light spectrum. that is why it is common place on headlamps, so hunters can navigate to their tree stand without spooking much game.

 

I'm very aware of all of this.........just remember, Apes have trichromatic vision. Which means that when you turn on your red light? They can see that too.

 

The trick in Nam if you do not want to attract attention is yes use a red light so you don't ruin your own night vision, but throw a rain poncho over your head and study your map, whatever. It doesn't ruin your night vision, but it also hides your light source as well.

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Norseman , I know they can see the red light, I was getting at that red is better and less harmful to their eyes.   I am not trying to be hidden or covert by using red light , I am trying to avoid blinding them or making myself less approachable. 

 

I am being considerate of how they view me and what I am doing in their environment.

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norseman

Gotcha! ;)

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Guest

A good tip for keeping your night vision is to close one eye when your using a light. I forget where I learned that but I use that trick often and it works good.

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Pirates wore an eye patch not to look scarey, but to force one eye to adjust to darkness, so when they boarded a ship, they wouldnt be blind below decks. Modern military training teaches to close one eye while a flare is up so as not to lose your night vision.

 

I was actually thinking of useing a yellow lens on my headlamp. There have been reports that they dont seem to mind the yellow light. (Dont ask, i dont know why).

 

A thought on foods. Anything with lots of butter or cheese. Mac n cheese, buttered popcorn, cooked meats.

 

A bait/feeding station should be protected from mini-bears as well as the full sized ones. A post with an inverted trash can (plastic not metal) and a platform nailed to the top, set at an appropriate heigth should do the trick. Set this in their comfort zone.  This can be gradually moved over time, into an area more condusive to photography.

 

I havent tried this yet, but a friend swears he has luck using glow sticks as an attractant. I was thinking, since they seem to be attracted to white objects (white glossy pickup trucks comes to mind. White colored gifts they leave)  createing a tent from white sheets, leaving a latern inside, and sit in a spot i can observe not the tent so much as the places THEY will watch the tent from.

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WesT

Hey Tal, long time no chat buddy. That's a nice summary you put together there.

 

In regards to your statement about protecting them, I can relate. Last fall I tracked bigred to where he lives. It was surprisingly easy. But when I came to realize there was a little one involved, I backed off and never returned there. I don't want any harm to come to him and his family, so I resolved to never disclose the location. I just don't have the heart to turn bigred in. Call me crazy, call me selfish, call me whatever, I don't care. I'm done!!

 

Providing pictures or video to back up claims of habituation is a trap set by people who would, and have, instantly cry "fake" to discredit the claims of people who are brave enough to publicly talk about it. I think of it as hollering for ammo in a firefight. Because all the while, the bottom line is, and always will be, "no body=no proof." All other evidences, no matter what, will always be inconclusive at best.

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bipedalist

Calling fake is also an excuse to get people/witnesses/researchers to disclose exact locales of the target species for those that wish to take the easy way to putative "fame & fortune" or so they think.  Think watersheds when thinking habitat.  Rick Noll published some good notes on this approach.  

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WesT

Gorilla rarely drink water because they get all the water they need from the vegetation they consume.  A good watershed would help keep the vegetation from being stressed during times of low precipitation. I'm sure it's all just coincidence...

 

Edit to add: "fame and fortune"...

 

well shoot, I can't find an emoricon that's laughing so hard that snot and hairpins are flying out of it.

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NathanFooter

Hey everyone , I have ment to keep posting here but my computer had been giving me trouble when it came to going through the hundreds of hours of audio that I have now collected.  I have a ton of information to share from this years efforts but I have to whip all of this into breakdowns of my field operations and observations. 

 

It also has not helped that I have lost portions of my written notes { no idea where they went to } so I will have to go by what was recorded on the dictation recorders for most of my environmental notes.

 

What I can say right now is that we did collect some very interesting audio and some possible tracks { suggestive impressions really }. We also noted movement around our camp and a couple knocks in response to a few activities.   

 

Much to come as I get this all worked out , in case you missed it , the link to my notes on the May 7th track way/ general field outing notes are at the bottom of the first page of this thread.     :D  

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