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Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research

Saw this posted on Lyle Blackburn's Facebook page today…



Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research Vol. 1. The book is being published by David Weatherly (Leprechaun Press.) Its chapters are written by contributors like Weatherly, Blackburn, Ken Gerhard, Linda S. Godfrey, Richard Freeman, Nick Redfern, Micah Hanks, and Richard Muirhead. I'll definitely be getting it!

Chupacabras in China?

For the past few weeks, there have been a number of animal killings in the village of Pudong, near Shanghai, China. One resident recently lost 23 ducks and 12 chickens - in one night! A neighbor lost 29 chickens.

No one knows what is causing the killings, but when the dead livestock were found, there were feathers scattered all over the ground, fences were knocked down, and a hole was found in a guarding net. Four-toed, webbed footprints were also found. The villagers who lost their animals say that the footprints are not those of a dog.

Police are currently investigating the animal killings. So far, the perpetrator has not been found. Is the chupacabras in China??


Bigfoot Caught on a Trail Cam in Ohio?

In August of 2015, a game camera in Huron County, Ohio, took a picture of what may be a Bigfoot. The person who submitted the report to the BFRO also found footprints by the camera.



Here's a description of what was found from the BFRO website:

"Our trail cam took a picture of something with long hair. Whatever it was stood right up in front of the lens, so you can't see a body shot, but the picture shows brownish-reddish hair hanging down in front of the camera. There were a few large tracks - barefoot - the toes were clearly visible. We took pictures of the tracks with a tape measure alongside them."
BFRO investigator Marc DeWerth went to the location and could still see the tracks, which were 14 inches long and 7 inches wide. You can read the whole report here.


Mountain Monsters: "Bigfoot of Pendleton County: Great Fire Ape"

Mountain Monsters: "Bigfoot of Pendleton County: Great Fire Ape" airs tonight at 10 on Destination America.

Here's the episode description:

"The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings travel to Pendleton County, West Virginia, to investigate a Bigfoot that is believed to be drawn to fire, but a crew member goes missing while using fireworks in their final hunt."
Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters tonight!


Chupacabras - Inspired by "Species?"

In 1995, the people of Puerto Rico began reporting encounters with a strange, vampire-like creature. The creature in question, which was dubbed the "chupacabras," was said to be about four feet tall, with a line of spines down its back. Reports of vampire-like monsters in Puerto Rico actually go back to the 1970s with the "Moca Vampire," but today we'll be focusing on the reports from the '90s, and a certain movie from the same time.

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CHUPACABRAS

To start off this post, we'll look at what the chupacabras is said to look like.

The first person to see the unknown vampire was Madelyne Tolentino. When she was helping her mother move in August of 1995, she happened to look out the window and saw a frightened man sitting in a car. She went outside to see what was going on.

When she went outside, Tolentino spotted something. It was walking on two legs, but wasn't human.

The thing Tolentino was looking at was about four feet ta…

Champ Quest

Two rare cryptozoology books I've got... Champ Quest: The Ultimate Search 1999 & 2000 by Champ researcher Dennis Jay Hall.

These books are very hard to find and I'm very glad I was lucky enough to get a copy of both of them last year. Hall's books are two of my favorites on Champ, following Joe Zarzynski's (which I also have, a signed 1984 first edition that's in great condition!)

Anyone else out there have these books?




The "Granddaddy of all Ogopogos"

Was a giant (and I mean giant) aquatic monster spotted in the Harrison River in British Columbia in the 1930s?

The following account in its entirety first appeared in the Chilliwack Progress on August 26, 1936:

"Harrison River Ogopogo Dwarfs All Other Ogopogos "An Ogopogo, thought on account of its enormous length to be the granddaddy of all its mysterious species in the British Columbia waters, made its appearance on the Harrison River above the rapids about 8o'clock Monday morning and caused much excitement among the river folk. "Unlike the reputed, but elusive, monster of the same name reported to have been seen from time to time in Okanagan Lake and elsewhere along the coast of British Columbia, the Harrison River Ogopogo came down the river in three sections; about a hundred feet in length and about the same distance apart from each other. Old timers on the river who claim to know a little (?) about the whereabouts of Ogopogo and Ogopogology, declare that the …

The Best Nessie Sighting of 2015

A while back, the Inverness Courierhad a poll for readers to pick the best Nessie sighting of 2015 (I voted!)

Now, the winner has been picked, and it's Connor McKenna, a Gulf War veteran, who claims he spotted "something" in the loch last year.

The encounter occurred on September 15, when McKenna was driving along the A82 road by the loch.

He was a mile south of Urquhart Castle when he saw a 15-20ft object in the water that was dark in color. He told the Inverness Courier:


"It was long enough, whatever it was, to leave a crest. A wave broke on the left-hand side and I wondered if it was a log or a tree, but then it disappeared."
McKenna didn't know what he had seen. He didn't tell his wife at the time because he didn't want her to think he was crazy. He did tell two other people, who laughed at him. Although he regularly drives along the road he was on, he has never seen anything else like what he saw last September.

McKenna did eventually tell Gary …

Big News! - Ohio Bigfoot Conference 2016

Today the 5th and final speaker for this year's Ohio Bigfoot Conference was announced!

The conference, hosted by Ohio Bigfooter Marc DeWerth, is taking place May 14 at Salt Fork State Park in Ohio.

The four speakers previously announced are Bob Gimlin, Cliff Barackman, Guy Edwards, and Sybilla Irwin. And, today's announcement made the lineup even better - the fifth speaker is James "Bobo" Fay of Finding Bigfoot!

This year's conference might be better than last years!


Mountain Monsters "Scariest Moments"

There's a special Mountain Monsters on tonight at ten on Destination America. It's "Scariest Moments," I think it will just be a collection of some of the best parts from previous episodes.

"The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings look back at the most frightening moments from their investigations, including the "Hellhound," "Cherokee Death Cat," "Cave Creature," "Bear beast," "Shadow Creature," and "Hogzilla."

Yeti Tracks Found

The fake video from the Pyrenees Mountains showing a "yeti" isn't the only thing that has gotten Bigfoot's Himalayan cousin in the news lately.

Various news sites have reported on some mysterious tracks thought to have been made by one of the creatures that were recently brought to light by a man named Steve Berry. He stumbled upon the footprints in Bhutan. The photos show a straight line of large-looking footprints. The Daily Mail reports that Berry believes they were made by a "gorilla-like animal."


Berry was climbing on Gangkhar Puensum, which is the world's highest unclimbed mountain, in 2014 when his Sherpa guide spotted the footprints. The tracks were found at a height of over 17,000 feet. Berry stated that:

"The local people said we were the first to ever set foot on that pass. I had always thought that stories about the yeti were a bit of old bunkum. But there is no denying these tracks existed."
What do you think made the tracks? I rea…

Chupacabras - A Vampire Monster?

In the 1990s, a new monster appeared in the cryptozoology world. It was quickly given the name chupacabras, which is spanish for "goat sucker."

In March of 1995, the Puerto Rican towns of Orocovis and Morovis were plagued by a livestock-killing monster. No one knew exactly what it was, but it was killing many sheep, chickens, goats, and other livestock, and draining their blood. Often, there were puncture wounds on the necks, and no other marks on the animals.

The first person to see the unknown vampire was Madelyne Tolentino. When she was helping her mother move in August of 1995, she happened to look out the window and saw a frightened man sitting in a car. She went outside to see what was going on.

When she went outside, Tolentino spotted something. It was walking on two legs, but wasn't human.

The thing Tolentino was looking at was about four feet tall, and had eyes with no pupils, which Tolentino said were "constantly moving from side to side." The creatur…

Is Whitehall Home to Bigfoot?

WCAX.com has a new story up about Bigfoot sightings in Whitehall, New York. Whitehall is a familiar name when you're talking Bigfoot in the Eastern U.S. There is even a documentary on the Whitehall Bigfoo (which I reviewed here) coming out in April.

The article starts like this:

"WHITEHALL, N.Y. - Some call it the Yeti or Sasquatch, but it's best known as Bigfoot. And some resident's in Whitehall, New York say they have seen it first hand. "The town of Whitehall, New York is known for its undying interest in the unknown - Bigfoot. Whitehall has been the subject of a number of documentaries focusing on Bigfoot's presence in the town and the entire Northeast. "'This is a global phenomena and it's right in our backyard,' said Paul Bartholomew, paranormal researcher. "Bartholomew studies the Bigfoot phenomena, which dates back to ancient times around the world and the 1800s in Whitehall. He says residents and law enforcement in the area have…

A Fake Yeti Video!

Now making the rounds on the internet is a video of a.., uh, a "yeti" walking through a ski resort in the Pyrenees Mountains, posted online on January 29. You can watch the video below.

Of course the media has had  a wonderful time making fun of this video and cryptozoologists. It's obviously fake, and if anyone actually believes this video shows a real yeti, I really don't know what to say. Well, actually, I do.

It's a guy in a suit. That's obvious. Yetis aren't white. I don't know if there has ever been a witness who has reported a white yeti. The only reason that color is associated with the cryptid is because of movies. And, there's a red circle on the video. Red circles scream FAKE! 

Not a real yeti. Not even a good fake video of a yeti. But of course it's the type of video all the news sites like to post to make cryptozoologists look like idiots. 

Mountain Monsters "Bigfoot of Blair County: Thunder Brothers"

A new episode of Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition airs tonight at 10 on Destination America. Tonight's episode is "Bigfoot of Blair County: Thunder Brothers."

Here's the episode description:

"After discovering a carved stone the last time they were in Blair County, PA, the AIMS team returns looking for answers. While meeting with a Bigfoot expert the team realizes that they discovered something that was not meant to be unearthed."

Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters tonight!




Happy Birthday John Green

Today is Bigfoot researcher John Green's 89th birthday.

Anyone who researches Bigfoot knows about John. His book Sasquatch: The Apes Among Usis probably the best ever written on the subject.

Happy Birthday John Green!

Here's a video of John speaking at the Sasquatch Summit.

"There is no Bigfoot!"

Over on the website My Rant Space, someone has posted a rant on Bigfoot. And whoever it was (the post says it was published by "anonymous user") is a definite non-believer.

The post starts off like this:

"I'm getting really tired of all the Bigfoot theories. Let's face it people, THERE IS NO BIG FOOT. Sorry for ruining this for all you dim witted big foot believers but oh by the way, Santa isn't real either. I've watched a hundred shows on the subject and there hasn't been a speck of proof ever that they exist, not one piece of real evidence. The pictures or videos are always blurry and shaky. And why is it that everyone that takes video with a phone has a 10 year old flip phone?"
The article continues here.

Now it's my turn to talk.

First off, not all people who believe in Bigfoot are dim witted, stupid, or crazy. Now, there are some who are. But lots of people aren't. If the writer would look into the subject, they'd see that there…

Bigfoot on Destination America all Week!

This week Destination America is having a marathon of "Bigfoot: The One That Got Away." The channel is airing Bigfoot shows every day, like Finding Bigfoot, Bigfootville, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, Mountain Monsters, Alaska Monsters, Monsters and Mysteries in America, and more. It's all leading up to the new Mountain Monsters on Saturday.



Beasts of the Lone Star State - A Review of "Monsters of Texas"

Nick Redfern and Ken Gerhard are two of my favorite authors. So, it probably wouldn't be a surprise that I have a book written by both of them - Monsters of Texas. Published by CFZ in 2010, it is all about the many cryptids that have been reported in the Lone Star State.

Recently I finally got around to reading the book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Gerhard and Redfern discuss accounts of sightings of Bigfoot, thunderbirds, possible living dinosaurs, werewolves, goatmen, chupacabras, out-of-place animals, aquatic monsters, and much, much more.

Each chapter is written by one of the authors, with 7 by Gerhard and 5 by Redfern. Overall, it makes for a very interesting book, and one which I should have read a long time ago. If you are interested in cryptozoology, you should definitely check it out. You'll be surprised at how many monsters are said to live in Texas.

You can get Monsters of Texas here. 


Jeff Meldrum Talks Belief and Bigfoot

Recently the ISU newspaper The Bengalpublished an article about Sasquatch. It is an interview with Jeff Meldrum, one of the few scientists in the world who seriously investigates the Bigfoot phenomenon.

The article discusses how and when Meldrum became interested in the subject, some of the things he has done while researching it, and the subject of "belief" and Bigfoot.

Here's how the article starts:

"Do You Believe In Bigfoot? "If you grew up, traveled to or spent time in the Northwest, chances are you have heard stories of a giant bipedal ape roaming the mountains, clandestinely living in the shadows off of whatever shrubs and plants it can find. "When it comes to Sasquatch, there are three types of people: those who believe in Sasquatch or Bigfoot without a doubt, those who do not believe due to insufficient evidence and those who are open minded to the idea but don't have a preference one way or another. "Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor of anato…

The Mysterious Mountain Boomers

People interested in cryptozoology have probably at least heard some accounts of creatures that sound like something that should be extinct. I'm talking about creatures like plesiosaurs, pterosaurs, and dinosaurs.

Today, we'll be focusing on some reports of what could be survivors of the latter group.

In Southwest Texas, there have been some reports of creatures which are called "Mountain Boomers." I'm not talking about the collared lizard, which is also called a "mountain boomer," if that's what you may be wondering. The reports from Texas describe some decidedly dinosaur-like animals.

The website CryptoWiki has a short page on this cryptid, saying it is a "small sized bipedal dinosaur evolved from a Thescelosaurus-like ornithopod." How exactly whoever wrote that knows that Mountain Boomers evolved from Thescelosaurus, I don't know. The wiki page goes on to say:

"Female Mountain Boomers are generally 6 to 7 feet tall while small…

Mountain Monsters "Bigfoot of Blair County: Lightning Man"

A new episode of Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition airs tonight at ten on Destination America. Tonight's episode is "Bigfoot of Blair County: Lightning Man."

Here's the episode description:

"The AIMS team heads to Blair County, PA looking for a Bigfoot known as the 'Lightning Man.' After meeting the eyewitnesses, the team believes that the key to this investigation may be a Native American lighting symbol hidden inside a secluded barn."
Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters tonight at 10.


Does Bigfoot Live in Ohio?

The Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation gave a talk about Bigfoot in the Buckeye State at the West Woods Nature Center in Geauga County, OH a few days ago.

The News-Herald has a great article about the event on their website, which starts like this:

"Have you noticed missing items from your property or odd footprints in the woods? "You may have a Bigfoot on your hands.  "Over 100 people crammed into Geauga Park District's West Woods Nature Center on Jan. 31 to share stories of their own Bigfoot sightings and learn more about these elusive creatures.  "The Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation's Doug Waller started off the conversation by explaining what evidence to look for if you believe Bigfoot is in your neighborhood. "Often, Waller explained, property owners will notice missing livestock or livestock feed, smoked meat missing from a smokehouse or milk missing from cows. He also explains that some Bigfoots can be quite …

A Review of "Beast of Whitehall"

Earlier today, Seth Breedlove let me check out the new Small Town Monsters documentary Beast of Whitehall. This is my review of the documentary, which will be released on April 1st. (I'm one of the few lucky people who get to see it early, so I can review it on here!)

For some background, last year, Small Town Monsters made the documentary Minerva Monster that premiered at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference. Last summer they announced Beast of Whitehall and another in-production film about the Boggy Creek Monster.

I watched Minerva Monster last year at the Ohio conference and absolutely loved it. Small Town Monsters documentaries aren't like other Bigfoot documentaries/shows like MonsterQuest or Finding Bigfoot. There's no group of people walking 20 feet into the woods in the middle of the night screaming to try to find a Sasquatch. There's no over-the-top reenactments of people's sightings. It's just the people who witnessed/experienced the events talking about those…

The Many Mysteries of Bigfoot: Dead Sasquatch and the U.S. Government

Welcome to a new series of posts here on Tyler's Cryptozoo. "The Many Mysteries of Bigfoot" are going to be about the many theories of what Bigfoot is/isn't, if it has connections to other cryptid/paranormal subjects, government interest, etc. In this article, we will look at the stories of Bigfoots killed or wounded by the Mt. St. Helens eruption, and other stories involving dead Bigfoots and the U.S. government.



THE MANY MYSTERIES OF BIGFOOT:  DEAD SASQUATCH AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
MT. ST. HELENS

What does the Mt. St. Helens eruption have to do with Bigfoot? Depending on who you ask, it could be nothing at all, or it could be lots of things.

Mount St. Helens (located in Washington state) erupted after an earthquake on Sunday, May 18, 1980. The entire north face of the volcano slid away, which created the largest landslide ever recorded. Lava, gas and ash clouds spewed from the volcano. The eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and ashes fell in 11 diffe…