Dmitri Bayanov, 1932-2020

Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope all is well with all of you…

A bit of sad news to relay to everyone: I recently learned of the passing of noted Russian Hominologist Dmitri Bayanov on June 01, 2020.

Bayanov was born in Moscow, Russia and as a young adult he was involved with expeditions to the Caucasus Mountains in search of the Russian Almas. He eventually began conducting his own research, which lead to a good 55+ years of field study. He was one of the all-time greats in the field of hominology.  The term, hominology, was actually coined by Bayanov sometime in the 1970s and describes the study of living non-sapiens hominids such as Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Almasty and many other feral bipeds.

He was involved with Russia’s Relict Hominid Research Seminar and eventually became the group’s chairman. Bayanov also held various other leadership roles in other organizations such as the International Society of Cryptozoology and the International Center of Hominology.  He authored several books and contributed greatly to the field. (Yes, he was an obvious subject matter expert and he knew what he was doing.)

Bayanov was very influential to a much younger version of myself and I readily devoured his books. In fact, after reading and re-reading my copies of In the Footsteps of the Russian Snowman, Bigfoot Research: The Russian Vision and Russian Hominology: The Bayanov Papers – Fact & Folklore, I drew many parallels with my own research and began looking at the Boreal Sasquatch as a not so distant relative of the Russian Almasty.

Over the years of corresponding with other researchers, Bayanov’s name would eventually always come up in passing conversation. Fellow researchers always spoke very highly of his studies and level of dedication. Unfortunately, I never met Bayanov directly, but those who had, conveyed that he was a friendly and caring man, the kind of guy people liked being friends with. Bayanov had congestive heart failure problems and died at the age of 88.


Rest in peace Mr. Bayanov. We will all miss you…


Godspeed, loyal readers…  Patch for web

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Memorial Day, 2020

Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope all is well with each of you…

First things first, Sasquatch Tracker wishes everyone a peaceful and safe Memorial Day!

Memorial Day Flag

Enjoy the burgers and hot dogs at your BBQs, but remember the freedoms we enjoy were paid for with the lives of others.  Be thankful…

The upgrade to the main web site is taking a bit longer than I had planned. It’s been a busy spring for me so far.  My new computer is here and I have slowly begun to transfer files.  I knew I had lots of information on Boreal Sasquatch, but I didn’t realize the exact amount until transferring and creating backup files.

Godspeed, loyal readers…  Patch for web

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Happy Mother’s Day…

Hello Again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope everyone is doing okay, especially in these tough times…

Sasquatch Tracker wishes all mothers, Human and Sasquatch, a Happy Mother’s Day… None of us would be what we are without our mothers. Thank you to every mother everywhere for shaping our futures…

Godspeed, loyal readers…   Patch for web

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Bigfoot Coffee and Stimulus Spending…

Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope everyone is doing well…

A special thank you goes out to Sasquatch Fan Jessie Desmond for sending me a package of Bigfoot Coffee!  It’s a Guatemalan blend and has a hint of cocoa…  I’m torn between opening it and trying it or saving it for my future Boreal Sasquatch Museum I plan to open.  Either way, it’s really cool!   Thanks again Jessie!

Bigfoot Coffee

Bigfoot Coffee.  (Photo by L. Thompson, 2020).

I went to do a much needed update to the main Sasquatch Tracker site and had a computer problem.  I downloaded some software to do the work and kept getting error messages.  My much younger tech guy quickly identified that my computer was nine years old and there had been a good half dozen upgrades to some core processor thing since it was purchased. Okay, I think…???

So, a new laptop with all the latest cool stuff has been purchased with corona-virus stimulus money and it’s on the way…  I can honestly say my work is supported by the government, or at least the government pays for my equipment!  Kind of cool I suppose.

Godspeed, loyal readers…Patch for web

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Spring Research and Back-Trail Cam

Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages,

I hope all is well with all of you especially with the Coronavirus still active.

It’s quite possible that spring is actually here now.  It’s almost 50 degrees at 11 AM!  It’s kind of hard to complain about that.

I reached a decision on my spring research area.  The area has plenty of the natural resources required to support a Boreal Sasquatch, even with the competing bears in the area.  There is flowing water in a wide valley with several natural vantage points for setting up monitors and cameras.  I have conducted research in adjacent areas with favorable results in gifting and sorting items, so I believe this area will be productive as well.  So, exactly where is it?  Well, I keep these things secret to keep people from encroaching and possibly disturbing my experiments.  Sorry guys.

I’ve also decided to begin wearing a “back-trail camera”.  The camera I selected is the SQ11 Mini Camera.  The low cost was my deciding factor, I just don’t want to invest too much money until I’m convinced with the results.

SQ11 Camera

SQ11 Camera.  (Photo by author, 2020).

So wearing a “back-trail camera” is an idea I picked up from researcher Scott Carpenter.  Carpenter began wearing a small camera on his shoulder to video what was going on behind him as he traversed known Sasquatch areas.  He believed that as he walked down a trail, an undetected Bigfoot would have an uncontrollable urge to peek out from behind a tree or other cover used as a blind and observe him.  Carpenter’s notion proved to be correct and he was able to capture several video images of a Bigfoot observing him in the Great Smoky National Park.   How cool is that?  No sooner had I read this in his book, The Nephilim Among Us Updated, The Identity and Origin of the Sasquatch and Other Mysterious Creatures, that it was obvious that I had to give this a try.

So developing and testing various way and means to mount the camera to the different shoulder straps on the gear I normally carry is now underway.

Godspeed, loyal readers… Patch for web

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April Fools’ Day, 2020

Hello Again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope all is well with each of you especially with COVID-19 waging a war on us…

Welcome new followers!  Sasquatch Tracker picked up a couple more fans via in March and I’m always happy to see new names on the roll call…

Normally I tell everyone to go for a hike in the woods and suck in lots of fresh air when flu season comes around, but it’s probably a better thing to heed your local instructions and remain safe and out of trouble.  Yep, if you go out and get sick or into some sort of a legal bind, you’re on your own…

I want to say thank you to everyone who emailed me obvious hoaxes.  April Fools’ Day is never complete for me without the jokes flooding my mailbox…  Some are just having fun, after all, everyone like a good April Fools’ Day prank, but some are serious and telling me that I have wasted my life in this pursuit…  Hmmm…  I’m not sure who said it, but time wasted doing something you enjoy is not really wasted time…  I’m still enjoying this so call me a fool if you must!!!

OK now…  I’m still looking for any information on the Tcetin also known as the Tailed People in Alaska…  If you have any ideas or leads, contact me at:

Godspeed, loyal readers…   Patch for web

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Sasquatch and Social Distancing…

Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope everything is good with all of you…

I see on the news that people are slugging it out over toilet paper due to the COVID-19 scare.  That’s just as bad as people fighting over over-priced junk, even when stores claim it is on sale, during Black Friday.  No fighting for me, I still have stuff left over from Y2K and the Mayan Doomsday December 21, 2012.

Anyway, Sasquatch is obviously a pro at social distancing.  Enough said…

Godspeed, loyal readers…Patch for web

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Seeking Information: The Tcetin, Alaska’s Tailed People…

Hello Again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope all is well with each of you…

I have a special request today:

I was contacted by a production company doing a special project on Alaska Mysteries.  The gentleman who contacted me was seeking information about “monkey people”.

I believe he was referring to the “Tcetin”.  The Tcetin (pronounced as che-tin) are a group of people according to Athabascan lore that have tails.  The term monkey people is a misnomer since there is no word in Athabascan for monkey.  Tcetin translates as “tailed one”.  The Tcetin are also known as Tailed Old Men (Anon, n.d.).

The Tcetin are believed to be originally from “across the ocean”.  They live in underground dwellings and are known tricksters with murderous tendencies.  The legend says that the Tcetin are at constant war with the Athabascans yet, there is no specific reason for the war.  Tcetins are always killing Athabascans (Desmond, 2016).  Obviously, the war has diminished for now.  (The idea of the Tcetin originated from across the ocean is a possible reference to early Russian or Euro fur traders / trappers who mistreated the Athabascans to the extent that they took on monster like qualities.  The Tcetin are similar to the notorious Wendigo of Canadian legend.)      

The Tcetin live in the Wrangell-St. Elias area of Alaska.   Possible range includes land as far west as Batzulnetas (near Gakona) and as far north as Tetlin (Desmond, 2016).

I don’t have any physical description other than “people” like and having tails.  However, based on that limited description, the Proto-Pigmy comes to mind.  Proto-Pigmies do have a present range in North America and do extend as far north as the interior of Alaska.  Proto-Pigmies are known to be smaller than humans, hence the pigmy moniker.  Proto-Pigmies have been described as having a mane like head of hair.  Mane like heads of hair don’t necessarily indicate tails further down the back, but I can see how some witnesses may have speculated the tail being present after seeing the hair.

So, anyone having any information about the Tcetin is encouraged to contact me.  As always, your privacy is paramount and any personal identifiers are deleted from encounters.  I occasionally share information with other researchers but I maintain a strict policy of not releasing witness names until I have written confirmation.

Godspeed, loyal readers… Patch for web



Anon, N.D.   Legendary Native American Figures: Monkey People (Cet’aenn, Tcetin),  Online:  Accessed: 18FEB2020.

Desmond, J.  2016.  Tcetin, The Tailed People in Alaska Paranormal Network Quarterly, Vol. 2, Issue 2. June, 2016.  Alaska Paranormal Network, Fairbanks, AK.

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Forensic Expert Dwane Hilderbrand Has Retired.

Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope everyone is doing fine…

Sasquatch Tracker picked up a few more new fans since the last posting.  Welcome to all new comers!  I’m always happy to see new names on the roll call.  As always, if anyone has any encounters, physical evidence or questions, please feel free to contact me.

So, it’s still winter.  Yep..  I believe today’s high temperature will be around 17 below.  It’s bright and the air is clear.  It would be a perfect day to work on a suntan while skiing, but any skin exposed would be frost bitten.  That’s my roundabout way of saying I’m still pinned down by the weather and there has been zero progress on my caribou kill site studies.

Okay then, let’s talk about today’s topic…

Dwane Hilderbrand has retired.   I’m sure you’re asking yourself who is Hilderbrand and how would I know him?

Well, Mr. Hilderbrand was a long time forensic science expert who began his career about the time I became interested in Sasquatch.  In 1975 he began with the Identification Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  From there he went on to the William County Police Department in Woodbridge, VA.  Hilderbrand eventually came to the Scottsdale, AZ Police Department where he stayed until retirement in 2005.  Hilderbrand then opened his own forensic consulting service, Forensic ITC Services, and stayed in that position until 2009.

But, Hilderbrand wasn’t finished…  He continued working in the forensic field, becoming an internationally recognized instructor and collecting prestigious certifications from the International Association for Identification as a Latent Print Examiner, Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and a Certified Footwear Examiner.  Yes, Hilderbrand has “seen it”, “done it” and then went on to teach others “about it”.  He is “officially” retired now and enjoying time with his family and grandchildren.


Forensic Science Expert Dwane Hilderbrand (Anon, believed to be 2018, from FORENSIC ITC SERVICES).  

So what does this have to do with Sasquatch Tracker?  Well, a few years ago Hilderbrand wrote a book by title of Footwear, The Missed Evidence and yours truly bought the second edition when it was released in 2007.  The book is, of course, devoted to examination and documentation of footwear and vehicle tire tracks that are found at crime scenes.  It is supposed to be,  the main audience is crime scene investigators and detectives.  However, Sasquatch Tracker was so heavily influenced by this work, that I’ll come right and say that most of my methods for track documentation, measuring and recording methods, as well as track photography are based directly upon the examples presented by Hilderbrand.

A special “thank you” goes out to Mr. Hilderbrand.  Thank you sir!  Thank you for providing your expertise for this book and stressing the professional handling and preservation impression evidence.  I wouldn’t be the confident Sasquatch Tracker I am today without your experience.  Happy retirement!

So, Sasquatch Fans of All Ages, if you are in any way interested in track evidence and how to handle it appropriately from a crime scene investigator’s point of view, I encourage you seek out Footwear, The Missed Evidence.  (It’s easy to find, I typed the title in a popular internet search engine and had over 2 million results!)

Godspeed, loyal readers…Patch for web

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Free Talks: Rumor or Reality? The Creatures of Cryptozoology!

Hello again Sasquatch Fans of All Ages…

As always, I hope all is well with all of you…

This was passed on to me by Beans Baxter.  I don’t have any other information, but it looks promising…  If anyone attends this, please let us know how it was in the comments…

Free Talk


Godspeed, loyal readers…  Patch for web

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