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Extinct or Alive: The Tasmanian Tiger

Airing tonight at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet…. Extinct or Alive: The Tasmanian Tiger.

I don't know if this show has been on earlier during Monster Week, but it's on tonight…

Here's the show description:

"The ferocious Tasmanian Tiger was declared extinct 80 years ago, yet sightings are still reported. A trio of experts venture into Tasmania's undeveloped wilderness in search of one of the most unique and terrifying predators ever to walk the earth."

Misty Allabaugh Speaking at the Big Sky Bigfoot Conference

A second speaker has been announced for this year's Big Sky Bigfoot Conference - It's Montana Bigfoot researcher Misty Allabaugh.

"Misty has been an independent bigfoot researcher for over twenty years. She was recently interviewed on the Monster X Radio podcast and will be a featured presenter later this year at both the International Bigfoot Conference and the Big Sky Bigfoot Conference. Her horror novel, Flesh and Fury: Bigfoot Rogue (first of a trilogy), is avaialble on Amazon."
You can find out more about Misty in this interview on Sasquatch and Friends.

The Big Sky Bigfoot Conference is taking place October 21-22 in Hamilton, Montana.


Yeti or Not? - Tonight

The Animal Planet special Yeti or Not? will be premiering tonight at 9.

"In YETI OR NOT, Dr. Mark Evans, a veterinarian and explorer, is on a mission to sift fact from folklore and distill the plausible from the possible as he searches for a rational explanation for the mysterious Himalayan biped known as the Yeti. Evan's globe-spanning investigation evaluates mysterious footprints, Yeti-hunting Nazis and real-life 'hobbits.' He travels to Nepal's wild Tibetan frontier in search of new, untested remains believed to be from Yetis. Will the DNA from these and other samples finally solve the world's most intriguing zoological puzzle? Can science play a role in solving this mystery?"
I've seen that famous mountainier and author ofMy Quest for the Yeti, Reinhold Messner, will be on part of the show. Hopefully this means it will be a real documentary.
Is it bad that I have to hope that something airing on Animal Planet is a real documentary?

Yahoo Hollow

In West Virginia, there are tales of "Yahoos," creatures that look like giant, hairy ape-men that scream, throw rocks and hit trees with sticks. Sound familiar? Well, that's because Yahoo is just another name for Bigfoot.

In her book Monsters of West Virginia,Rosemary Ellen Guiley discusses the name "Yahoo" in regards to Bigfoot, and also mentions a place in that state named "Yahoo Hollow" because of the creatures.

She mentions it while discussing a sighting by a man named Nick:

"Nick related the incident to his grandmother, who told him that the area where he had encountered the creature had been known for at least fifty years as Yahoo Holler (Hollow) because f the frequency of sightings of the hairy beasts. The creature was called Yahoo because the scream it made sounded like Yaaay-hooo. The Yahoos would come up on people's porches. The grandmother's teacher was afraid to send her own children to school because of the Yahoos in the wood…

Book Review: Tracking the Stone Man by Russell L. Jones

While at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference earlier this month, I picked up a copy of Russ Jones' new book Tracking the Stone Man: West Virginia's Bigfoot. 

Russ is a member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) and this book is about some of his adventures in the world of Bigfoot.

He starts off by explaining how he became interested in the Bigfoot mystery, and then goes into a second part where he discusses what the Bigfoot field is like today.

In the final part of the book, Russ discusses some Bigfoot encounters in West Virginia that were reported to the BFRO. He personally investigated most of the stories he reprints in the book.

I found this to be a very good book and would recommend it to those interested in Bigfoot.


Yeti or Not?

It's currently Monster Week on Animal Planet, so the channel is showing some shows that are about cryptids. There's a new one premiering tomorrow night that is about the yeti.

The special is called Yeti or Not. Below is some info about the show:

"In YETI OR NOT, Dr. Mark Evans, a veterinarian and explorer, is on a mission to sift fact from folklore and distill the plausible from the possible as he searches for a rational explanation for the mysterious Himalayan biped known as the Yeti. Evan's globe-spanning investigation evaluates mysterious footprints, Yeti-hunting Nazis and real-life 'hobbits.' He travels to Nepal's wild Tibetan frontier in search of new, untested remains believed to be from Yetis. Will the DNA from these and other samples finally solve the world's most intriguing zoological puzzle? Can science play a role in solving this mystery?"
 Now, the question is - will this show be a real documentaary on he Yeti, or anther show like the

Neanderthal - Arrived

Received in the mail today Bernard Heuvelmans' recently translated book Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman, originally published in French in 1974.

This looks to be an excellent book. Expect a review of it on here in the next few weeks.

Boggy Creek Monster Trailer

Below is a trailer for the upcoming Small Town Monsters documentary Boggy Creek Monster, which is about the Fouke Monster seen in and around Boggy Creek, in Fouke, Arkansas...



You can find out more about Small Town Monsters here.

The North American Dogman Project

In the last decade or so, the creature called the "Dogman" has jumped into the cryptozoological limelight. These creatures are described as things that pretty much look like real werewolves - they walk upright, have paws and tails, and have heads like a wolf or German Shepherd.

Now, a new group has been formed by cryptozoologist Joedy Cook that is solely for studying this mystery. It's the North American Dogman Project. The website for the group says their goal is to "collect as many eyewitness accounts from across the country as possible." This also includes physical evidence like footprints, hair samples, etc.

Ronald Murphy has a book out (a few months old) on the subject now that's called On Dogman: Tracking the Werewolf Through History.Joedy Cook and Adam Davis will have a new book out in June called Werewolf Encounters. The group is also working on a documentary about Dogman sightings.

You can find out more, get t-shirts, join the group, etc. by visiti…

The Lake Worth Monster - Goatman or Bigfoot?

In the summer of 1969, something strange was seen around Lake Worth, which is located near Fort Worth in Texas. It was said to be something tall, hairy, and mean.

At the time, a woman named Sallie Ann Clarke wrote a book about the creature, calledThe Lake Worth Monster, as it is known. Clarke's book is actually mostly fictional, but it is still a fantastic book to have in your cryptozoology collection. (I'm lucky enough to have one in mine.)

I discussed the creature a bit in my book, Cryptid U.S.:


"… The creature was seen many times that summer [1969] and was commonly called the Lake Worth Monster. The monster was also commonly called 'the goatman.' But, according to eyewitness accounts, it looked more like a hairy ape-man. "Charles Buchanan encountered the monster while camped out on the shores of Lake Worth on November 7, 1969. He said he awoke at two a.m. to find a strange creature fact to face with him! He said 'I looked like a cross between a human a…

The Burrunjor - A Present-Day Australian Dinosaur?

Australia is said to be home to a variety of cryptid creatures, from the aquatic Bunyip, the man-like Yowies and Wakkis, and the thylacine. There is another, however, that could be considered stranger than all the others. Why? Because its said to be something that should have gone extinct 65 million years ago!

The creature in question is called the Burrunjor, and is said to be a surviving dinosaur. Now, before you think that there is no possible way the Burrunjor could be real, remember that there are sightings and stories of other dinosaur-like creatures from around the world - for example, the mokele-mbembe, kongamato, and others in Africa, "Mounatin Boomers" in the U.S., the Partridge Creek Monster, and more.

Over the years there have been many sightings and stories of the Burrunjor in Australia, including this one from Rex and Heather Gilroy from the 1970s:

"In 1978, a Northern Territory bushman and explorer, Bryan Clark, related a story of his own that had taken pl…

An "8-Foot Werewolf" in Britain?

There's apparently a werewolf that's currently roaming Great Britain. Several news sites have reported on the sightings of the creature.

The Daily Mail reports:

"A number of werewolf sightings have been reported in the woods outside of Hull, sparking locals to organise a a hunt for the beast on the next full moon. "Over the past months, witnesses have come forward to speak of spotting a huge, hairy creature around the Barmston Drain, a man-made channel near the town of Beverley. "Some locals believe the sightings are evidence of a mythical Yorkshire beast called 'Old Stinker'.  "A woman who sighted the potential werewolf in December told the Express 'It was stood upright one moment. The next it was down on all fours running like a dog. I was terrified. "'It vaulted 30ft over to the other side and vanished up the embankment and over a wall into some allotments.' "She said that it both ran on all two legs and on all fours, as if…

Kipsy, The Hudson River Monster

"Kipsy" is the name given to an aquatic cryptid that was first sighted in the year 1610. The creature is also called the Hudson River Monster because it is seen in the river of the same name, which runs through New York.

The New York Times has printed several articles about the monster, or a strange creature at least, over the years. In 1899, an article appeared titled "SHARK OR SEA SERPENT?; Bathers in the Hudson River Startled by a Monster That Chased Them from the Water," and which said:

"… a fish story, and what is more, a true one. It concerns what by some is described as a shark, and by others as a sea serpent, which in some way or other and for reasons best known to itself made is appearance in the Hudson River yesterday morning about 7 o'clock at a point just off Weehawken, N.J."
 In 2006, the Times reported sightings of another odd creature in the river. This time it was a manatee.

"Added to the chronicles of great beasts that have descen…

Squatch and See!

A new blog just started by my buddy Cal Marks, a Bigfooter from New York...

Check it out here!


Jeff Meldrum Speaking at the Big Sky Bigfoot Conference

The first speaker for the 2016 Big Sky Bigfoot Conference has been announced. It's Dr. Jeff Meldrum, professor at Idaho State University and author of Sasquatch: Legend Merts Science.




"Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University. His interests in the footprints attributed to an unrecognized North American ape, commonly known as sasquatch, came into focus when he literally crossed paths with an enigmatic set of tracks in the mountains of Washington State. He has conducted extensive research and has appeared in numerous television programs as well as many public and professional presentations. His book, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, is the preeminent scientific evaluation of the available evidence for a North American ape."
To see more about the conference or get tickets, check out the website.

The Big Sky Bigfoot Conference will be taking place October 21-22 in Hamilton, Montana.



Pics from the Ohio Bigfoot Conference - 2016 Edition - Part 1

Some (or lots of) pictures from this weekend's Ohio Bigfoot Conference at Salt Fork State Park….



Got to see some people I'd met before, like Cliff Barackman, Cal Marks, John Kirk, Lyle Blackburn, Bob Gimlin, etc… And met many others like Guy Edwards, Esteban Sarmiento, Sarah from the Big Sky Bigfoot Conference & Sasquatch and Friends, etc...

Got an original newspaper clipping from 1958 about Jerry Crew and the tracks he found... that gave the creature the name "Bigfoot."

Special OBC 2016 Bigfoot footprint… (which I got signed by Bob Gimlin, of course.)

Argosy magazine with an article on the Minnesota Iceman, which I got for a fantastic deal because Marc put the wrong price tag on it...

More pictures...