Hunting Season is Here…

Patch for webHello again Sasquatch fans of all ages… I hope all is well with all of you.

It is now hunting season in most northern locations and I want to remind all hunters to be extra vigilant.

When looking for signs of game, be observant of possible signs of Boreal Sasquatch.  Be on the lookout for tracks, unexplained broken trees or structures that look like shelters, tree rubs and scrapes that can’t be attributed to common animals and any other type of sign that is out of the ordinary.

Most hunters I know carry a GPS unit to keep track of where they are and pack cameras to record their hunt.  Use these tools to record any discoveries or encounters.  If you take photos of a particular piece of possible evidence, be sure to have something in the photo that shows the scale.  A kid’s plastic ruler cut down to six inches would be excellent to use.  Light weight and easy to pack plus they are probably on sale right now since most retailers are having “back to school” sales.

I want to remind you to also be alert when the hunt is over.  There are a handful of encounters in the Sasquatch Tracker database that describe events where a Sasquatch made off with part of a moose or a caribou that hunters were not able to pack out in one trip.  Viscera would make an excellent source of protein that would require little effort for bears, coyotes, wolves and of course Boreal Sasquatch.

I wish everyone a safe and successful hunting season!    Godspeed loyal readers…

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Sasquatch Tracker Associate Relocates…

Patch for webHello Sasquatch Fans of all Ages… I hope all is well with each of you…

 

Sasquatch Tracker Associate Doug Shepherd has moved to Oregon!

Doug contacted me out of the blue just over a year ago and we have been discussing all things Sasquatch since then.

After a few emails, Doug told me about his plans for some independent research in the Cordova, AK area. I readily agreed that he had selected a prime location and Doug agreed to share the research results with Sasquatch Tracker. (See 2015/05/O – Cordova, AK for Doug’s results.)

After several emails discussing various research methods and ideas, and reviewing the information regarding the incident in Cordova that he forwarded to me, I knew Doug was serious about research. Doug eagerly volunteered and assisted me with a handful of projects including conducting field interviews, follow-up investigations and chasing down a few leads on tracks and castings. Doug even conducted an expedition with a witness at a remote cabin! Doug was also one of my field testers for the Evidence Collection Kit and contributed some valuable feedback.

Doug told me he is relocating near some recent Sasquatch activity and intends to keep up with his personal research. Sasquatch Tracker wishes him the best of luck and I anticipate hearing about his activities…

Thank you for all you have done, brother… Your assistance is going to be missed!

Godspeed, loyal readers…

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New Shirt Design Added…

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Hello Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

Due to popular demand I have added a new t-shirt design with an election theme:

SAS overlap

 

As always, thank you for your support…  Godspeed loyal readers…

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Summer 2016 Update…

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Hello again Sasquatch fans of all ages… I hope all is well with all of you!

I think everyone should pretty much know by now that Donald Trump did not pick me as his vice president and running mate… He never requested me to visit him nor did he ever come to visit me. Scoff and laugh out loud if you choose, but it really means he has seen my resume and has decided to save my talent and experience to serve as the Commissioner of a Secret Sasquatch Task Force.

Alright, all kidding aside. Let’s get caught up. This spring I mentioned that I had a few areas picked out that I intended to actively research. One area has been particularly productive with tiny stacks of pea sized stones being left in exchange for “cat’s eye” marbles. There has been one stack of stones for each marble that has been taken which demonstrates something a bit smarter than the average bear is involved. To me, it showed an abstract thought process of assigning value to each marble instead of the collection of marbles. Yep, kind of cool!!!

In addition to the marbles being exchanged, there have been several signs of advanced manual dexterity involving the removal of colored beads from a strand of parachute cord. The beads have been cracked or split into equal halves and have then been arranged by color. This doesn’t necessarily prove the absence of color blindness by the particular individual, but it does show me that the individual can at least discern different tones or hues. I am not sure how this ties in or relates to the possibility of enhanced night vision like common predators have. Research continues…

Incidentally, it was one year ago today that my family and I had a house fire. It’s been a difficult recovery for us. For the most part, the legal issues surrounding the event are over. We are still dealing with some residual damage and an injury, but it kind of comes with the territory. I want to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. Your ongoing support and prayers have seen us through.

Stay tuned. Godspeed loyal readers…

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Happy Mother’s Day…

Patch for webIn recognition of the significance of motherhood, the importance of maternal bonds, as well as the influence mothers everywhere have, Sasquatch Tracker wishes all mothers, human and Sasquatch alike, a

Happy Mother’s Day!

April is history. I took the month off from posting to concentrate on finishing a few things as well as getting caught up on some ongoing projects. I spent most of the month conducting a handful of follow up investigations. I also made some progress on my personal research projects.

In mid-April, I made another whirlwind trip to Portland, Oregon. From Fairbanks to Portland and back in just under 19 hours plus the five hours of driving time just to get to Fairbanks was a true test of mental and physical toughness. Of course I survived, I’m the Sasquatch Tracker… (Yep, I know, I really should check the ego…)

As always, there’s more to come… Godspeed, loyal readers…

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Historical Bad Boys update and Spring News

Patch for webHello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

I hope everyone has enjoyed the Historical Bad Boys series so far! I have a few more chapters in the planning stages right now and will eventually release them as I complete them.

Some other news you need to know about:

The revised guide to the Evidence Collection Kit took a bit longer than anticipated, but it is ready for distribution!

If you ordered a kit from me, contact me at admin@sasquatchtracker.com and enter “ECK Guide” on the subject line. It’s in “PDF” form so I can send it via email shortly after you respond.

What???? You didn’t order a kit??? Don’t fret, there are still a few kits left! Order your kit here.

ECK - Evidence Collection Kit.

ECK – Evidence Collection Kit.

There have been numerous questions coming in about how to properly document evidence and more specifically, exactly how to record and handle tracks. If anyone else is interested in learning about this, please respond in the “comments” section. Be sure to list what you specifically want to learn about. If there is enough interest, I’ll put something together and post it.

Thanks to all who have ordered shirts! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Godspeed, loyal readers…

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More Historical Bad Boys: The Nunivak Island Beast Terrorizes Hunters

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Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

Welcome to Chapter Seven of Sasquatch Tracker’s Historical Bad Boys. We’re still studying violent encounters that various people from around the great state of Alaska have had with wild men. If you’re just joining us, be sure to use the archives links in the right margin and read up on what we have covered so far…

This encounter appeared in the Delta Discovery in 2013. It happened sometime during the 1930s. It’s a story of a group of hunters who sought shelter in an old house and had a hostile visitor during the night. Let’s take a look.

One winter day, teenager Fred Weston Sr. (born in 1915) from Nash Harbor and two

Nunivak Island, AK. (Created by Sasquatch Tracker, 2016.)

Nunivak Island, AK. (Created by Sasquatch Tracker, 2016.)

others, decided to go hunting on the west side of Nunivak Island (Lincoln, 2013). Nunivak Island is the second largest island in the Bering Sea and a tad north and a bit west of Kuskokwim Bay. (Go to N60°00’00’ and W166°33’00’ and you would just about be in the center of the island.) Nunivak Island is part of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge and is separated from the rest of Alaska by the Etolin Strait.

The trio were hunting and traveling by dog team. Nunivak Island is the home to “musk oxen and reindeer” (Lincoln, 2013) but we don’t know for sure what the men were looking for. After a day’s travel, they decided it was time to quit for the day. They sought shelter in an old and abandoned sod house that was located at an old fish camp (Lincoln, 2013). There is really nothing unusual about doing this sort of thing. Winter temperatures can be life threatening and using existing shelters makes things just that much more bearable. Sod houses in use at fishing camps and hunting camps are usually small and have small entrances (Lincoln, 2013).

Old Sod House chosen as representation of area architecture. Photo by Betty Bodfish, citation below.

Old Sod House chosen as representation of area architecture. Photo by Betty Bodfish, citation below.

The men tended their dogs and their gear and then settled into the sod house. The Northern Lights were more than likely dancing across the sky and the men had eaten their dinner. They were tired after the many miles they had come and were ready for sleep.

Then it happened… The dogs outside began to grow restless. Something was approaching the sod house where the men were bedded down. The dogs began to bark. The barking grew louder and louder and it was not a friendly or happy kind of bark. The dogs were afraid. Their shrieks and howls alerted the men and they were probably growing very concerned about what was going on beyond the door to their sod house.

Suddenly “someone or something” was pounding on the door (Lincoln, 2013). Whatever it was, it knew the men were in the sod house and it intended to come in. Was it curious? I doubt it. Trying to rip the door from the house is not something a curious creature does. It wasn’t reported, but I can imagine this thing heaving itself against the door as it howled in agonizing protest at the men. The men had to be gripped in fear at this point but they still had enough sense left about them that they grabbed their hunting rifles and prepared to shoot whatever it was if it succeeded in tearing down the door.

Then it was over as quickly as it had begun. If the door would have been a living thing, it would have sighed in relief. Whatever it was, it was just too big to get in and it gave up the attack (Lincoln, 2013). The dogs stopped their fearful barking and settled down. The trio went to the door and slowly peered out not knowing what they were going to see. As their eyes probably became accustomed to the inky cloak of the darkness beyond the sod house they saw …”a tall, silvery-colored creature walking upright” in the distance (Lincoln, 2013). The creature grew smaller with each step and eventually disappeared as it walked behind a nearby hill.

There you have it. As with the other men mentioned in previous chapters, I consider the men lucky. Things could have turned very ugly in a matter of a few heartbeats if the Nunivak Island Beast had been able to gain entry to the sod house.

Of course, as a Boreal Sasquatch / Marked Hominid investigator, I have a few questions:

Is the “silvery-color” the creature’s true color or did it appear that way in the Arctic moonlight as it departed the scene of the assault? Does “silver” colored hair indicate age as it would in humans? Were there areas of other colored hair on its body indicating that it was a true Marked Hominid?

Were the dogs harmed? Other reports of Boreal Sasquatch indicate that they can hardly stand dogs and will kill them if given the chance. A sled dog tied to a stake for the night would have been easy enough to dispatch.

What did the trio possibly do that triggered the assault? Was this a result of “trespassing” in some unknown territory? Did the Nunivak Island Beast feel threatened or was it protecting others?

Of course, we will probably never know the answers and considering that this encounter took place at least 75 to 80 years ago, it’s doubtful that we ever know exactly what occurred that fateful night. However, descendants of the Nunivak Island Beast still roam the area. Like all of the other wild men we have learned about, reports of tracks being discovered and occasional sightings continue to trickle in to Sasquatch Tracker.

Godspeed, loyal readers…

 

 

Lincoln, K. 2013. Nunivak Island Bigfoot in The Delta Discovery, Online: June 19, 2013. , Online: http://www.deltadiscovery.com/story/2013/06/19/hairy-man/nunivak-island-bigfoot/1276.html (Accessed: 23MAR206).

Bodfish, B.  N.D.  Old Sod House Built by our Ancestors.  Online: http://www.alaska.org/photo-contest/anchorage-airport/entry-betty-bodfish-wainwright-alaska-old-sod-house-made-by-our-ancestors  (Accessed 24Mar2016).

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The Shirts are Here!

The long awaited t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available!

Many of you loyal Sasquatch Fans have asked, and even begged me for shirts with the Oval Sasquatch Logo

I shall not disappoint!

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Enjoy the special Spring 2016 Copper Oval edition!  The standard black and white is also available just in case you aren’t full blown crazy enough for color!

Other designs will be made available soon…

ENJOY!

I want to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support and contributions.  Yep, that includes the grump who sent me the “hate mail” telling me I was wasting my time!

   Loyal Fans like you (and grumps everywhere) are what makes the website and blog possible and successful! 

Godspeed, loyal readers…

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More Historical Bad Boys: The Hideous Moon Lake Gang Pursues Prospector

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Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

I’m back! I was in Portland, OR most of last week on personal business. So let’s pick up where we left off…

This is Chapter Six of Sasquatch Tracker’s Historical Bad Boys. If you are just joining us, we have been studying violent encounters various people have had over the years with the wild men of Alaska. Be sure to use the archives links in the right margin to read up on what we have covered so far.

This particular event is taken from Harry D. Colp’s The Strangest Story Ever Told. Colp wrote the details of the event down sometime during the 1930s and the manuscript was set aside for some reason and eventually forgotten. Years later Colp’s work was found and published. It’s a story of a prospector following up on a tip given to him about the location of some gold that almost costs him his life. Let’s take a look:

This time we are going to Thomas Bay, Alaska. Thomas Bay (N 57° 01’53” X W 132° 51’13”) is fed by the Baird Glacier. It’s an offshoot of Frederick Sound. It’s a bit northeast of Petersburg.

The area is sometimes called the “Bay of Death” because a massive landslide

Created by Sasquatch Tracker, 2016

Created by Sasquatch Tracker, 2016

buried a Tlingit village in 1750. An estimated 500 people were killed that fateful day. Despite that dreadful and devastating event, the surrounding area is rich in gold. And where there is gold, there are prospectors.

 

 

In 1900, Harry D. Colp and his partners John, Fred and Charlie sat in Wrangell, Alaska and wondered what to do. They were down on their luck. The gold was there, but the men were having some trouble locating it. Then Charlie learned from a local native man about a specific area around Thomas Bay where gold could be found. He departed at the beginning of the summer and traveled via canoe up the Patterson River in search of a “half-moon shaped” lake. The native man had assured him that gold would be found nearby.

Charlie didn’t locate the half-moon lake but instead set up a camp and explored the area around a lake shaped like the letter “S”. He panned the local rivers and found some promising signs of the gold yet to be found. But one thing bugged him while he was there. Charlie noticed the area was void of wildlife, the area was “dead” (Colp, n.d.). There were no signs of anything. Charlie told the men upon his return that he could spend the entire day walking in the woods and never even see a squirrel. Eventually Charlie became tired of eating the rations of beans, rice and bacon he had brought and made up his mind to hike to a nearby ridge to look for a couple of grouse to shoot.

Swan Lake, Thomas Bay. Chosen as representation of the area belonging to Moon Lake Gang (Anon, N,D., KFSK File Photo, full citation below).

Swan Lake, Thomas Bay. Chosen as representation of the area belonging to Moon Lake Gang (Anon, N,D., KFSK File Photo, full citation below).

Charlie made it to the ridge and managed to kill three grouse. He also managed to find a ledge with a bit of promising geology while trying to retrieve one of the grouse that had tumbled down an embankment. He used the butt of his rifle to break part of the ledge free in order to examine it more closely. He wasn’t too worried about the broken rifle as he climbed up the ridge to get his bearings so he could return to the spot in the future. As he neared the top of the ridge, he took a good look around in attempt to locate a landmark and in doing so he spotted the half-moon shaped lake he had been told about by the local native man. Charlie was satisfied and quietly happy.

Then it happened… Charlie suddenly realized he was not alone. He spotted a group of hideous devil creatures swarming up the ridge towards him. Gripped in fear, he quickly tried to use the rifle on the first of the creatures as the gang closed in on him. Realizing he had forgotten the rifle was broken, he hastily threw the rifle at them in one last act of self-defense before he turned to run. Charlie heard their ear-piercing yelps and smelled their sickening stench as they closed in on him. Charlie probably knew he was close to death when he felt their hot breath on his back and their long claw like fingers scraping desperately for bits of his own flesh. The yelping, the screaming, the hideous stench and the hot breath overpowered Charlie. Charlie’s world went black.

But Charlie survived. He was blinded by fear after his close call and later recalled he had no idea how he had managed to hold onto the piece of quartz or how he had managed to make it back to his canoe. When his senses returned, he found himself laying in the canoe and adrift. He was cold and hungry but he made his way back to Wrangell.

He recounted what had happened and stated the creatures were not men, but nor were they monkeys, but something in between. He could not tell if they were male or female because their bodies were completely covered in thick coarse hair. Interestingly, he said they were also covered in scabs and running sores. Of course he doubted that people believed what had taken place, but it made little difference to him. Charlie left Wrangell the following day and never returned.

Like all narrow escapes from certain death at the hands of wild men, I consider Charlie fortunate. Exactly what happened on that ridge after Charlie blacked out will remain a mystery forever. Over the years others have also had encounters with the “gang” and have been described as being temporarily insane because they have blacked out as well.

The Moon Lake Gang is probably long gone at this point considering that this event took place 116 years ago. But their descendants live on because reports of sightings and tracks being discovered in the Thomas Bay area, as well as all of southeast Alaska continue to trickle in to Sasquatch Tracker.

Godspeed, loyal readers…

 

 

Colp, H. N.D. The Strangest Story Ever Told. 5th Edition. Pilot Publishing. Petersburg, AK. Online: http://www.bigfootencounters.com/stories/harrycolp.htm (Accessed 15MAR2016).

Photographic Source: Anon, N.D. Swan Lake, Thomas Bay. KFSK File Photo. Online: http://ktoo.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Swan-lake.jpg (Accessed: 16MAR2016).

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More Historical Bad Boys: Hunter Charged by Enraged Howling Hairy Man

Patch for webWelcome to chapter five of Sasquatch Tracker’s Historical Bad Boys. We are continuing to look at tales of Alaska’s wild men and their sometimes violent encounters with people. This time, let’s go to the northwest side of Alaska and learn about the Kusilvak Mountain Hairy Man.

Created by Sasquatch Tracker, 2016.

Created by Sasquatch Tracker, 2016.

Kusilvak Mountain is a landmark on the Yukon Delta, it can be seen for miles. Kusilvak Mountain is really a series of mountains. You could call it a small mountain range. It has an upward elevation of almost 2250 feet and spans a good five miles in length. You’ll find this small range along the southeastern shore of Nunavakanuk Lake. (Go to N 62°01’01” and W 164°33’ 30” and you’ll be in the general area.)

This particular encounter appeared in The Delta Discovery on June 5, 2013. It’s a tale about a hunter and takes place along the Black River which follows the southern side of the range as it makes its way to the Bering Sea. Let’s take a look:

Kusilvak Mountains on the Yukon Delta.  Credit: USFWS, Public Domain Image.

Kusilvak Mountains on the Yukon Delta. Credit: USFWS, Public Domain Image.

One day a hunter decided to travel up the Black River a bit to do some moose hunting. He anchored his boat near Kusilvak Mountain. Like all hunters, this particular fellow decided to head for some high ground to survey the area. He grabbed his rifle and climbed out of the boat. Once he was ashore, he climbed the bank and began to hike. After a bit of hiking, the hunter paused and looked around. As he surveyed the area, he quickly noticed some kind of animal that was not too far from where he stood. The hunter began to study this animal and suddenly realized he was looking at a Hairy Man.

Then it happened… The Hairy Man was aware of the hunter and apparently decided he had had enough of being looked at.   The Hairy Man suddenly squared off with the hunter and began to rush him. Of course, the hunter had to be terrified. He probably doubted what he saw for a heartbeat or two and then his mind began to race as he realized that imminent danger was not more than a few yards away. As the Hairy Man charged, he made “terrible sounds” (Anon in Delta Discovery, 2013). The hunter did not relay how far he was from the Hairy Man when this took place, but there was enough distance that the hunter had time to raise his rifle and fire a few frightened shoots. If the hunter had struck the Hairy Man, it had no effect. The Hairy Man continued the charge.

The hunter fled in terror. He scrambled his way back to the boat and pulled the anchor as he gave the boat a mighty shove out into the current before jumping in. He was able to start the motor and come about just as the Hairy Man reached the bank where he had been mere heartbeats before. The Hairy Man was not amused. He roared what could only be taken as a deadly threat and swung his arms at the hunter as he quickly retreated downriver.

It was over as quickly as it had begun.  The hunter was afraid and rightfully so. He never returned to the spot where this happened. In fact, he would never venture up the Black River again.

I consider the hunter fortunate. Just like Frank Howard’s encounter with the Malaspina Glacier Beast (last week’s post) things could have deteriorated quickly. Of course, we can only speculate what would have happened if the hunter had been overtaken, but considering the behavior of the Kusilvak Mountain Hairy Man, it probably would have ended in tragedy and the hunter would have been added to the list of people who have disappeared in Alaska’s wilderness.

I have a few questions like I always do: Why did the Kusilvak Mountain Hairy Man react this way towards the hunter? Was he reacting to the hunter as an Alpha Male and defending some “territory” or perhaps other Hairy Men the hunter did not see? Could he have reacted in surprise when he became aware of the hunter or was he just “having a bad day” and the hunter happened to become the target of hostility?

Like all the other tales we have looked at so far, reports of sightings and tracks being discovered in this area of Alaska continue to slowly make their way to the Sasquatch Tracker.

Godspeed loyal readers…

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Anon, n.d. A Hunter Chased Away by a Hairy Man, by the Delta Discovery Staff, 2013, The Delta Discovery, June 5, 2013, Volume 15, Issue 23. Online: www.deltadiscovery.com/story/2013 (Accessed 01MAR2016).

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