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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Kent Paranormal Weekend - Pics

Some pictures from today's Kent Paranormal Weekend conference in Kent, Ohio… A very cool event! Saw some cool speakers, got to hang out with my good friend and fellow researcher of the weird Colin Schneider, and also found some cool, non-crypto related stuff…




Jeff Belanger speaking

Nick Redfern speaking

Mothman!

With Nick Redfern

Speaker panel

"It's a trap!"

Complete Bruticus transformer - original 
Original Van Halen record!

Mountain Monsters: "The Black Wolf"

A new episode of Mountain Monsters is on tonight at 10 pm. The episode is "The Black Wolf."

"The AIMS team learns that a mysterious creature rooted in Native American folklore, known as the Black Wolf, roams the Dark Forest. A local shaman reveals that its presence may spell disaster for team member Jeff, whose behavior continues to cause concern. Team leader Trapper decides to remove him from the mission, which only escalates Jeff's odd behavior to the point that he puts himself in danger by going out into the forest on his own. The rest of the team conducts a covert rescue operation that leads to a shocking revelation."

Oh good lord.

So it seems that there will probably be no creature in this one at all, just like last few episodes…

If you have absolutely nothing to do to night, I guess you could check out Mountain Monsters. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SOSBI Bigfoot Talk - Pictures

A few pics from the SOSBI talk held at the Pataskala, Ohio public library last Saturday, April 22…

The "Inverted tree" - I found this at Salt Fork
a few years ago and sent the photo to Doug.
Don't know if it's Bigfoot but just thought it
was strange





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Big Cat Sightings in Australia

Recently there have been a few reports of mystery big cats coming from Australia, as well as England.
An ABC on a night camera
(Herald Sun)

The Herald Sun is reporting on a photo of a mystery cat that was recently revealed:

"A Victorian man has come forward with a night image of what he believes is a big cat sighted in West Gippsland.
 "The man, who did not want to be named, said the photo was taken last August and shows what appears to be a large puma-like cat wading through water.
"It was supplied to Leader after recent sightings by two Yarra Ranges residents who said they had seen big cats in December and April 2016 (Leader, April 18). 
"He said there had been many sightings of big cats over the years by farmers, police, rangers and state government officials but authorities wanted the fact kept secret to prevent shooters from running wild.
"Leader received more than 30 emails from people across the country after the latest big cat sighting in Warburton East. 
"But the government has refused to say whether they will reopen its investigation into the existence of big cats.
 "Don Macrae from Warrandyte said he saw a big cat sauntering past his backyard clothesline on New Year's Day.
"'I recon its head and body would have been close to one meter, and then there was its long tail,' Mr Macrae said.
"'It was dark brownish grey - it looked like a big cat, as seen at the zoo and in books.'
"Alicia Bartle said she spotted a big cat about 5.40am on December 20 at Kelletts Rd, near Wellington Rd in Rowville.
"Dimitri Panteli said in an email he and a friend were camping in the Jamieson State Forest when they saw two black panther cubs.
"'They were cubs in appearance with a jet black coat, pressed face like a cat and a long tail, with very wide eyes,' Dimitri said.
"'My first instinct was to get out of my car to record the animals but as soon as I opened my car door the two cubs shot off the mountain track in either direction.'
"Other people claimed they saw big cats interstate near Richmond, Georges River National Park, Booral and Moama in NSW.
"Victorian locations included Don Valley, the Grampians, two sightings on the Calder Freeway, the Warby Ranges in Wangaratta, Kernot in South Gippsland, the Great Ocean Rd, Mallacoota, Reefton, Hepburn, McMahons Creek and two sightings on the 1000 Steps in Ferntree Gully.
"Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning spokesman Nick Talbot said the department had occasionally received phone calls from people reporting big cat sightings.
"In 2012 the State Government found the existence of big cats in Victoria to be 'highly unlikely'.
"The Arthur Rylah Institute called off the investigation, citing a lack of hard evidence to verify wild big cats in the state.
"The conclusion according to the former Victorian Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh was big cats sighting over the years were large feral domestic cats.
"Long-time member of the Yarra Ranges-based Australian Rare Fauna Research Association Dorothy Williams said she did not doubt the existence of big cats.
"'There are plenty of people convinced and statistically the sheer number and background of those giving reports... they're not silly people, Ms Williams said.
"'I have no doubt about big cats because of the cries I heard, which matched the sounds we had recorded on cd.'
"She said there had not only been reports of black cats but also brown
"'One report from a local gentleman claimed to have seen a black and brown cat mating,' Ms Williams said.
And that is not all! The Illawarra Mercury is also reporting a a photo of a paw print of a big cat found near Austinmer, NSW:


"An eight centimeter-long paw print left in the foothills of the Illawarra escarpment has piqued the interest of a roving big cat enthusiast, who believes it proof of panther activity.
"Vaughan King, 30, has deemed Austinmer's Sublime Point track a panther-spotting hotspot and flagged plans for organized surveillance, including a program that would see 24/7 game cameras concealed in area bushland.
Vaughan King
(Illawarra Mercury)

"Mr King spent five years employed at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, working his way up from birds and mammals until he achieved his goal of working as a handler of Sumatran and Bengal tigers.
"His recently formed Australia Big Cat Research group manages a website which maps user-generated reports of big cat sightings Australia-wide.
"Already bound for Sydney for a meeting with a South African big cat expert last week, Mr King spent time combing bushland off Sublime Point track after a visitor to his website sent him a picture of the paw print.
"'I immediately thought it looked like the hind foot of a leopard,' Mr King, of Queensland, told the Mercury.
"'I have lined it up with a known leopard pug mark and it's very similar.
"'A feral cat would never get that big; the animal that would leave that sort of print would have to be between 50-60kgs. And with a dog, you can usually draw a line between the toes and the planter pad and you get a perfect 'X'. Cats have a very different sort of footprint.'
"He found no further sign of any big cat, before an intriguing account drew him to Victoria, vowing to return.
"Sublime Point has produced multiple big cat sightings over the years, including detailed encounters recorded by the Mercury in October 2014 and January 2015. 
"Based on the repeated reports, and the now-photographed print, Mr King believes the Illawarra sighings relate to an Asiatic leopard. 
"'The reports are generally always of the same size and color, which leads me to think it's an Asiatic leopard,' he said.
"'Asiatic leopards have a melanistic [all black] gene running through them a big more strongly than the African leopard.
"'There's a theory that [the all black coloring] is an evolutionary adaptation to live in the jungle.'
"With the blessing of his lawyer fiancé, Mr King has put paid work aside for the year to focus entirely on investigating big cat sightings.
"He has dropped everything to investigate recent sightings. He says he intends to carry out prolonged surveillance, starting with his preferred hotspot, Healesville, north-east of Victoria.
"'If there's a close second [hotspot] it would be Sublime Point,' he added.
"'There's a lot of weekend warriors that go out and do this sort of stuff, but it's never been taken seriously.
"'There's so many sightings out there it's ridiculous. I'm committing the next 12 months, full time, to basically proving this beyond the shadow of a doubt.'
"Appin resident John Geragotellis took the photograph of the paw print off Austinmer's Buttenshaw Drive, about 40-50 meters north of Buttenshaw Place, on Easter Monday.
"He had seen a report on a recent big cat sighting in the area - attributed to an anonymous onlooker - and says he had this on his mind when he noticed the unusual print among more familiar-looking tracks that appeared to have been made by dogs and humans.
"'It was larger than the dog prints and it looked different, which led me to think it was possibly a cat print,' Mr Geragotellis said.
"'I believe they [big cats] are out there and I would just like to have more information on what species they are and where they range around Australia.
"'I think it's really exciting.'"

The print - proof of a big cat?
(Illawarra Mercury)


If there's any more on Australian big cat sightings in the future, I'll update things.
 

Kent Paranormal Weekend 2017

Coming up this weekend, April 29 & 30 in Kent, Ohio!

This Saturday I'm heading up to the Kent Paranormal Weekend. Many speakers will be there, discussing things such as ghosts, cryptozoology, men in black, etc. Speakers include Nick Redfern, Jim Harold, Jeff Belanger, Ohio Bigfoot Hunters, and others.

My good friend Colin Schneider (of the Crypto-Kid podcast and Blog) will be at the event as well. If you're there come say hi!

More info on the event can be found here. Tickets are available here.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Evidence of Mystery Big Cat in England?

Evidence that could point to a mystery big cat has been found in St. Albans, Hertferdshire, England. A mutilated carcass of a muntjac deer has been found, and some think that sightings of mystery big cats could be related.
Who, or what, savaged this deer?
A mutilated muntjac deer - killed by a big cat?
The Herts Advertiser reports:

"The mutilated muntjac corpse, stripped down its spine and missing a bottom half, was found last month (March 1) at about 8am along Sheepcote Lane in Wheathampstead by a 44-year-old dog walker, who wished to remain anonymous.
"Her interest was piqued when the dog started sniffing around something on the ground - it turned out to be chunks of fresh meat littering the undergrowth.
"When they continued to walk she stumbled upon the rest of the left-over remains, pictured above.
"As its eves were clear black she believes it had been freshly savaged, and when she returned the next morning it was gone.
"She said: 'I don't know what did it - I heard about female foxes killing things, but I really don't know, it was stripped.
"'It looked like a big animal.'
"Rumors have been circulating about the cat where she lives, for example gossip of a miniature pony taken from a farm, but nothing substantial until now.
"Friends at the pub suggested the deer had been run over, died, and set upon by smaller  animals - but she dismissed this because it had been 'completely stripped.'
"Her first reactions were 'interested,' 'curious,' and 'wow'.
"Big cat sightings in the St Albans district have been reported numerous times over the last few years, but until now no evidence had been produced and most witnesses saw it only fleetingly.
"In January this year two staff members at Oakland College in St Albans saw a large sandy-colored cat with a long tail on campus near Hatfield Road.
"A big black cat was spotted near Luton Airport in October last year and in March a driver thought he saw a panther bounding through fields in Wheathampstead.
"The Cat Survival Trust founder, Terry Morre, a charity which looks after wild cat species on a 12-acre site in Welwyn, saw a puma by Hatfield Station and believes it has come from a private collector who has released it.
"A Freedom of Information request from the Hert Advertiser revealed Herts Police have received  about 30 big cats reports in the last five years - they advise a safe distance is kept and it is reported on 101."

As an interesting side note - I'm actually reading a book on big cats right now called Wild Cats of the World, by David Alderton. One thing big cats are noted for is moving their kill after they catch their prey - he notes: "After making a kill, cats will often carry off their quarry some distance before eating it, while the leopard will even drag a large animal up into the tree, caching it here, so it will be relatively safe from scavengers." So, if there is a big cat around St. Albans, it wouldn't be surprising if it moved its kill to a different area.

Crypto-Kid - Richard Freeman Tonight



A new episode of Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid is on tonight! Tonight's guest is Richard Freeman.

"Tonight on the Crypto-Kid I am joined by Richard Freeman, cryptozoologist and one of the top authorities on dragons. Richard and I will be discussing dragons and the recent Centre for Fortean Zoology expedition to Tasmania to look for the Thylacine. I'm extremely excited for this episode, I know it'll be a hit."

Be sure to check out Crypto-Kid tonight on WCJV Radio.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mountain Monsters: "Enter the Dark Forest" - And Some Thoughts on the New Season



A  new Mountain Monsters is on tonight at 10 on Destination America. Tonight's episode is "Enter the Dark Forest:"

"The AIMS team enters the Dark Forest to capture the Woman of the Woods. The Dark Forest has a grip around Jeff and they realize that this is the home to not only the Woman of the Woods and a Bigfoot, but another mysterious creature: the Black Wolf."

Not really looking forward to these anymore. The first two episodes of this season were stupid. I was really hoping this whole thing with the "Rogue Team" would be finished after that, but it isn't. And, apparently, the Rogue Team weren't the ones who shot the Stonish Giant. So I really don't see the point of this anymore.

And from the previews, we know that Buck is going to act like an idiot again and think he's in charge, and when Trapper tells him he isn't, he just gets mad at the whole team like he's done the other times. Sigh.

Another thing I didn't like was that last episode, when Jeff showed the others that he had gone back to the "Dark Forest," they all got mad at him. Why? Can't he do what he wants in his free time? If he wants to go back to that forest, fine. It isn't effecting the rest of the team.

So, Mountain Monsters is on tonight if you want to watch it and see how bad its getting. I really wish they would just go back to hunting a different monster each time like seasons 1 and 2. Once they started going after only Bigfoot, things have gone downhill. Slowly at first, but not, they're gonna hit rock bottom pretty soon.

The only thing I'll like about this episode and the last one is that Trapper is back...

SOSBI Library Talk Today



Today, the Southestern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation (SOSBI) is giving a Bigfoot presentation at the Pataskala (Ohio) Public Library at 2 PM. Doug Waller of SOSBI is the speaker. The presentation is open to anyone who would be interested. I'm heading out for it soon.


Also, Doug's third book, Screams in the Night: More Bigfoot Stories from Ohio and Beyond, will be out very soon!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Science Professor Talks Bigfoot



A new article is up about Dr. Mark Wilson's Bigfoot talk that I went to on Monday:

"LOUDONVILLE, Ohio -- Bigfoot believers and skeptics alike packed Loudonville's Ohio Theatre on Monday night for a scientific discussion of the legendary ape-human hybrid said to roam the North American continent.
"Mark Wilson, a geology and natural sciences professor at the College of Wooster, led the presentation, titled 'A Scientific Perspective on Bigfoot,' to explain scientists do not believe it's likely the creature truly exists.
 "'I've long been interested in the Bigfoot legend and other strange and unusual things,' Wilson said.
"Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch or Grassman in Ohio, is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal, ape-like creature that lives in the woods of North America.
"Wilson used the scientific method, starting with the hypothesis: 'Bigfoot is real.'
"He then listed several examples of reported proof, like footprints, remains, DNA, photographs, videos and eyewitness reports.
"But with each category of evidence, Wilson disproved the hypothesis, explaining why each is not scientifically convincing.
"'Scientists don't think it's very likely that Bigfoot is out there… There's no evidence yet to support the 'Bigfoot is real' hypothesis,' he said. 
"Footprints, DNA, remains, photographs and films have been faked and disproved in the past, he said.
"'There are too many doubts, too many errors, too many possibilities of fraud,' he said.
"One of the most frequent examples of proof is eyewitness accounts.
"Some audience members told Wilson during the presentation stories of their experiences, like a sighting in the woods or casts of footprints.
"And about half of the more than 300 audience members raised their hands when asked if they believe in Bigfoot.
"But Wilson said these accounts are not reliable and therefore not scientifically convincing.
"'The problem is that eyewitness accounts are shockingly poor in reporting what actually happened,' he said. 'They make good stories, but they don't make good science.'
"Wilson also examined several reasons it's not likely the creature exists.
"There has never been any real biological evidence, like bodies, bones, skin, hairs or DNA, found, he said.
"'To have an animal be real in the world of science, we have to have some real part of that animal,' he said. 'And there's nothing, nothing at all.'
"Additionally, any kind of hominid, like a Bigfoot, would need a significant population of hundreds of individuals to reproduce.
"'You should have lots of them out there, and we don't,' he said.
"And primates generally flourish in tropical and subtropical locations, like South America, equatorial Africa and southeast Asia, Wilson said.
"'It's not a likely place to find an unknown, bipedal hominid,' he said.
"Wilson said the myth persists because it's a tale that's easy to fake. Human perception is easily fooled, he said, so it's difficult to rely on what people say they see, especially if they already believe in Bigfoot and are looking for evidence to support it.
"The Bigfoot industry is also profitable, Wilson said, with television shows, conferences, equipment and tours geared toward the creature.
"He said he believes it remains a classic tale in American folklore.
"'I think it's fun to think of mysterious creatures in the woods,' he said. 'They add flavor to a world that's increasingly civilized … to have this unattained hominid lurking around in the woods. … It's really quite a romantic concept.'
"Loudonville's Cleo Redd Fisher Museum of the Mohican Historical Society hosted the program.
"The discussion was originally to be held at the museum, which holds about 100 people, but after interest skyrocketed, the event was moved to the Ohio Theatre, said museum curator Kenny Libben.
"He invited Wilson to speak after he took a class with Wilson on pseudo-science issues.
"'I know there's a lot of Bigfoot believers in town,' said Libben, who said he believes it's unlikely but not impossible Bigfoot exists.
"Wilson was also featured on two 2012 episodes of the History Channel's show 'Ancient Aliens,' discussing dinosaurs, earthquakes and floods.
"'We were scientists,' he said. 'We weren't 'Ancient Aliens' theorists, but traditional scientists.'"

While I do agree that the things Wilson discussed don't prove Bigfoot exists, I don't think that means all the witnesses over hundreds of years are lying. Something is out there.

Dr. Mark Wilson

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Is Nessie "Missing?"

Nessie? Missing? What?

Some people think "she" is.

There haven't been any reported sightings of any of the Loch Ness Monsters since last year, Gary Campbell, who keeps a record of Nessie sightings, notes.
Gary Campbell
(Daily Mail)

The Daily Mail reports:


"The Loch Ness Monster has been 'declared missing' by its official recorder admitting he is 'worried' that there has been no sightings of her for eight months.
"Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, said concerns were raised following a spike in the number of reported appearances in 2016.
"It comes after the Home Office recently rejected a bid by a group of artists from Glasgow to grant the Loch Ness Monster permanent UK residency after Brexit.
"Mr Campbell said: 'We're quite worried that there has been an eight month gap since the last sighting.
"'Last year was a record year for the 21st Century with eight sightings and then she seems to have disappeared.
"'More unusually, the last sighting was of the same thing at almost exactly the same time by 12 miles apart.
"'It's been said that maybe the family Ness was having a domestic hence they haven't stuck their head above water since!
"'The last time this happened was four years ago but we're hoping that with more people around for Easter, maybe someone will see something.
"'There is a prize for the best sighting so maybe it'll encourage someone to come forward - a lady from Texas won £1,000 last year for taking a picture of something large and dark just under the surface.
"'Nessie is seen in the winter but she's much more common in the summer - this is why it's unusual that nothing was seen last year after August 21.
"'In that time of course someone tried to register her as an EU citizen so maybe has she headed off abroad. But seriously I am very concerned she seems to have gone missing.'
"Mr Campbell added: 'The reason for the summer sightings is twofold - there are more people around in the summer but more importantly, there are much longer daylight hours and the weather tends to be better.'
"Mr Campbell said 2016 was a 'fantastic' year for Nessie sightings - which he put down to the growth of smartphones and webcams.
"He said two of the sightings were by webcam, including one from an online watcher in America.
"'It means that there are more people than ever before are looking for Nessie - which would explain the rise in last year's sightings,' said Mr Campbell.
"'In fact, you have to go back to 2000 when there were 11 sightings, for more appearances of Nessie.'
"The last sighting was on August 21 when Ian Campbell, a government worker from Argyll, was cycling along the west side of the loch near Drumnadrochit with his son and a family friend when he pictured two creatures in the loch about 33 feet in length just out form the shore.
"On the same day a father visiting the area also saw something very similar and said that he and his son saw some dark or black shapes moving around in the water near to Urquhart castle. He estimated them to be about 800 yards away."

Is Nessie, or more likely, the Nessies, missing? I doubt it, as that part of the article seems a little exaggerated. "Missing," no. Not seen or not reported? Yes. Will there be some sightings this year? Probably. I really doubt that the monsters will just up and "disappear" this year.

SEE MORE ON THE LOCH NESS MONSTER ON TYLER'S CRYPTOZOO

Two 'somethings' photographed in the loch by Ian Campbell
in 2016

Crypto-Kid: Jon Downes - Archived



Yesterday my good friend Colin Schneider had Jon Downes of the Centre for Fortean Zoology on his Crypto-Kid podcast. You can check out the archived show here. Definitely check this one out! Jon is a hoot! And, some very interesting topics are discussed too.

From the Crypto-Kid Facebook page:

"I had a great time chatting about the Owlman, Nessie, and the Centre for Fortean Zoology on the Crypto-Kid last night with my very good friend Jonathan Downes. He was an excellent guest and will be coming back sometime in the future. I hope everyone who listened in enjoyed the show as much as I did."

Monday, April 17, 2017

"A Scientific Perspective on Bigfoot" - Pictures

Some pictures from tonight's talk by Dr. Mark Wilson in Loudonville, Ohio on a scientist's perspective on Bigfoot.  A very interesting talk! Dr. Wilson examined many pieces of supposed evidence, like footprints, hair, DNA, photos/videos, etc. While concluding that from a scientific point of view these things, along with eyewitness accounts, can't prove that Bigfoot exists, he does not think that they definitely don't exist. Though implausible, he said, by scientific standpoints, it is not impossible.

Dr. Mark Wilson
There were also lots of cool movie posters hanging around the Ohio Theatre, where the talk was held!



Dr. Wilson has appeared on Ancient Aliens!
(As a scientist, though, talking dinosaurs, earthquakes, etc,
not a crazy ancient alien theorist like Giorgio!)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mountain Monsters: "The Rogue Team Rises, Part 2"



On tomorrow at 10 pm is the second episode of the new Mountain Monsters season, "The Rogue Team Rises, Part 2:"


"After being abducted, the AIMS team faces a mysterious man who offers them a deal with an incredible payoff. The team suddenly realizes Trapper is missing and they set off to locate him in a race against time after finding a trail of blood."

Pretty sure Trapper's OK since he's been posting stuff on Facebook saying "watch the new season!"


I don't have high hopes for this episode since last week's was probably the dumbest thing I've ever seen. The ending was especially terrible. Also sick and tired of Buck thinking he's in charge of everything. Let's hope this doesn't continue all season.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"A Scientific Perspective on Bigfoot" - April 17



Coming up next Monday, April 17th - an interesting sounding Bigfoot program in Loudonville, Ohio. I'm going to go check it out. -Keep in mind the location has changed from what it says on the image. -

The speaker is Dr. Mark Wilson, and he will be talking about a "scientific perspective on Bigfoot."

Here's some more info from the Ashland Source:

"LOUDONVILLE -- Due to overwhelming response, the 'Scientific Perspective on Bigfoot' program has moved from the Cleo Redd Fisher Musuem to The Ohio Theatre in Loudonville on Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
"The change in venue is to accommodate a much larger crowd. The theatre is located at 156 North Water Street in Loudonville.
"The program is still free and open to the public, and will begin shortly after 7 PM in order for guests to find the new location."

If you're in the Loudonville area Monday, check it out!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Crypto-Kid - Timothy Renner Archived



Didn't get a chance Monday to post this before it was on, but this week Colin Schneider had Timothy Renner on his Crypto-Kid show. Tim is the author of the book Beyond the Seventh Gate and is currently working on a book on Pennsylvania Bigfoot stories.

Anyway, the show can now be listened too in the archive here. I recommend that you check it out! A very, very good episode.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Biscardi, Bigfoot, and $1 Million

A Bigfoot hunt is happening in Ohio at the moment, and it has gotten a lot of news coverage.

WCPO Cincinnati reports:

"If you're a believer, you might hunk you have to travel far out west to catch a glimpse of Bigfoot.
"One group thinks the famed creature of folklore might be closer to home.
"California-based Searching for Bigfoot traveled to Youngstown this week after a man claimed he took a photo of a sasquatch there, WKBN reports.
"In fact, Xavier King told the Youngstown television station he saw Bigfoot twice.
""'I had seen something, I don't know what it was, I had seen something, that's all I know,' Kind told WKBN. 'I got out and took a picture.'
"Scientists widely discredit sightings as misidentifications or outright hoaxes. People sometimes mistake black bears for the mythic creatures, experts say. Other hoaxes have involved people wearing fake suits, including a man hit and killed by a car four years ago.
"T. J. Biscardi, director of operations for Searching for Bigfoot, told WKBN he gets more reports from Ohio around this time of year because sasquatches migrate north.
"The creatures, he claimed, follow rivers and patches of forest.
"The state is apparently fertile for folklore: Ohio hosts an annual Bigfoot Conference at Salt Fork State Park Lodge. The conferences feature television personalities, academics, local and national Bigfoot investigators. This year's event is May 20.
"Searching for Bigfoot has a $1 million bounty competition, which started April 2 and runs through Christmas Day. The money is for 'anyone brave enough to deliver information leading to the capture of delivery of a bone fide Bigfoot.'
"Because King's photo is part of the competition, the group wouldn't show it to WKBN.
"The group planned to spend the weekend camping in Girard, Ohio, hoping to spot a sasquatch.
"'With the team ready, we'll get to capture one of these creates and bring it back and prove to the world that they exist,' Biscardi said.
Tom Biscardi

I find it somewhat suspicious that they "can't show the photo" that King took. And also that their "competition" started the day after April Fool's. And that Biscardi is involved in the whole thing. Biscardi was involved with hoaxes in 2005 and 2008, though he claims he was deceived both times! If he really was, maybe he shouldn't be the guy judging if evidence is real or not.

Also, on their website, Tom says he is the "Godfather of Bigfoot" and that he is a "legendary" Bigfoot researcher!

Basically I don't really trust any of this.

The whole thing is probably as real as this!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Not an Orang Pendek



At the end of March, I put up a post about a film that reportedly shows a "lost tribe member" or something of that sort, filmed in Sumatra. The film was also posted on Cryptomundo, where it was asked if it was an "Orang Pendek captured on camera?"

The film, which starts off with a "Fredography" introduction (suspicious), shows some people riding on dirt bikes in the jungle. Suddenly, a little, apparently naked, man runs out in front of them. When first viewing it, it didn't even look to me like he ran out, and just appeared in front of them. Looking closely, though, I do think I see him run out of the trees. One of the bikers falls down as the man runs right in front of him, and the guy who shot the video, apparently with a go-pro on his head, follows it. The man runs into the brush and disappears. 

Some Cryptomundo commenters made some good points:

Mandors:

"Interesting. If you translate the title, it doesn't purport to show orang pendek, it says orang telanjang which translates to 'naked' people. Orang pendek rather is 'short.' While both are short, but I agree with cryptokellie, it's human/humanoid. It does seem to have a long spear like stick and bad tan lines.
"One thing that is troublesome is the 'FredOgraphy' label. It's not something posted by a group of Indonesians; the professional posting gives me pause."

Cryptokellie:

"It's a 'Naked People' that's for sure…lol. I also have a feeling that some post production is occurring with this video. Something about the naked figure's movement is not quite right."
G. de La Hoya:

"Makes sense that a remote being waits until the dirt bikes are upon him to run."

So is this an Orang Pendek? Definitely not.

Do I even think it is a "lost tribe member?" No. Either the whole thing was staged (and that guy had to have been pretty fast if it was) or, as Cryptokellie said, there is post production occurring.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mountain Monsters: "The Rogue Team Rises, Part 1"



An all-new season of Mountain Monsters starts tomorrow! The first few episodes (at least) are continuing from the last season and AIMS is going against the "Rogue Team." It all starts with "The Rogue Team Rises, Part 1."

Below is the episode description:

"After 9 months of silence, the Rogue Team emerges from the shadows after team member  Buck tries to take matters into his own hands. The AIMS team meets face to face with this other mysterious team to find out who they are and what they are after."
The Destination America website is also listing another new(?) episode at eight o'clock tomorrow, before that one. It's called "Shadow Battle: The Rogue Team Rises:"

"The AIMS team heads back to Perry County, OH to go after The Ohio Grassman. While investigating, they soon realize that they are begin followed by The Rogue Team. The team must decide whether they should back down from this dangerous adversary."

And, don't forget that Mountain Monsters will be on all day today and tomorrow because it is Mountain Monsters Week!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

SasWhat - Colin Schneider

At the end of March, my good friend Colin Schneider was on the SasWhat podcast talking Bigfoot and cryptids. You can check out the archived show here.

Colin & I, Mothman Fest, 2016


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mountain Monsters Week - New Season Starts Saturday



Since the new season is starting this Saturday, this week is "Mountain Monsters Week" on Destination America.

BroadWayWorld has some more info about the new season:

"For four years, the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) have fought a tooth-and-nail battle to trap mysterious monsters that threaten the safety of mountain communities. They've hunted Bigfoot, Sheepsquatch, Hellhounds, and dozens of other beasts, but along the way the tables turned. Now these lifelong hunters are being hunted by a masked rival team with ulterior, dangerous motives. AIMS continues their mission to investigate monsters in an all-new eight-episode season of Mountain Monsters premiering Saturday, April 8 at 10/9c on Destination America.
"'This season more than ever before, Mountain Monsters puts the AIMS team front and center as they respond to the challenge of their rivals,' said Jane Latman general manager of Destination America. 'As the team jumps back into investigating monsters like they do best, their personal relationships and group dynamics will be tested in the most epic battle of man versus beast yet.'
"In the special two-part premiere airing Saturday, April 8 and Saturday, April 15, after nine months of radio silence from the enigmatic 'Rogue Team' - a shadowy foe that has been relentlessly thwarting AIMS' investigations for years - youngest AIMS team member Buck takes matters into his own hands to get answers once and for all. Buck's bold actions cause a rift among his mountain brothers Trapper, Willy, Jeff, Huckleberry, and Wild Bill as they weigh their own personal safety against a chance to lure the Rogue Team out from the shadows. While tensions rise, a whole new mission awaits AIMS in a dark place they have been before, a place they fear with new questions, mysteries, and monsters. 
"AIMS' new journey begins in the episode airing Saturday, April 22 as they travel to Lee County, Va. Despite attempting to ease the investigation, danger finds them quickly as the forest's evil forces wake up to their arrival and target Jeff. There's more supernatural warfare ahead than the team had bargained for, but will they rise to complete the quest? Find out in the most intense, suspenseful, and emotionally charged season of Mountain Monsters yet.
"For a refresher on how AIMS got to where they are, catch up with a weeklong Mountain Monsters Week marathon of every episode from the very beginning starting Monday, April 3 and continuing through the premiere on Saturday, April 8."

So I guess this time the season won't be a "Bigfoot Edition" as I initially thought. And if it isn't, that's fine! I would like it if they go back to going after something different each week.

Be sure to check out the new season of Mountain Monsters this Saturday!
 
 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Cryptid Atlas Project

Big news! Some of you probably know I am good friends with Colin Schneider, another researcher of the unknown. Yesterday when I was on his Crypto-Kid radio he announced a book the two of us are working on. For those interested, here is some more about the project.

Last November, Colin emailed me with an idea about a cool project. And cool it was! Later that month we met up to discuss it in person and figure out what each of us would do. The project is a "Cryptid atlas." We are creating lists, each focusing on a different type of cryptid (for example, one is on hominids like Bigfoot, one is dogmen/canines, one is lake monsters, etc), and we are then going to map out where each of these cryptids is seen. I think it is going to be pretty awesome when we get it all put together and published.

So be on the lookout for more updates on that book, which, as of right now, is not named, and will not be out for quite a while probably because we each still have a ton of stuff to do.

But, I am almost finished with the (hopefully) final draft of my second book, The Ohio Monster Guidebook. Have been in talks about publishing with Jon Downes and the Centre for Fortean Zoology - CFZ Press. Be on the lookout for more on that too!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Reminder: Crypto-Kid - Tyler Houck Tonight


A reminder to TCZ readers - tonight I will be on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid show at 8 pm EST on WCJV Digital Broadcasting. We will be talking about how I became interested, my books, cryptid cases, and what it's like being teenaged cryptozoologists. Be sure to tune in tonight and check it out!

From the Crypto-Kid FB page:

"Don't miss the fourth episode of my weekly radio show Crypto-Kid tonight on WCJV Digital Broadcasting at 8 pm EST. This week I will be joined by my very good friend Tyler Houck to discuss his thoughts on cryptozoology and what it is like to be an up-and-coming cryptozoologist. This is going to be a great show. Don't miss it. You can listen live and join the chatroom here: http://www.wcjvradio.com/live.html"

UPDATE

Well, after some technical difficulties were sorted out and we got going, a great time was had by all! Thanks to all those who listened and I hope you enjoyed. Thanks Cyndi Johnpier for dealing with Skype and thanks Colin for having me on. Would definitely love to be back on sometime!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mystery Big Cat Photographed in Scotland?

The Daily Mail is reporting on a recent sighting of a "black panther" close to Inverness, in Scotland. (Those who have ever heard anything about the Loch Ness Monsters will know that Inverness is close to that lake).

Paul Dawson, the photographer, saw the cat last weekend.
Is it a black panther in the center of the photo?

"A postman has spotted a 'big cat' roaming the fields on the outskirts of Inverness.
"Paul Dawson took a picture of the black cat with he 300mm long-lens camera at the weekend in a field close to Milton of Leys in the Scottish Highlands.
"He says he was standing around 600yards away from the animal with a long black tail that appeared much larger than a domestic cat when he pictured it.
 "It was taken around 10 miles from where the famous Beast of Embo was spotted by two sisters in 2011 after a farmer reported that 18 of his sheep had been killed in 2011."

Dawson described what happened when he saw the big cat: "My house looks over to the A9 and I always have the camera handy because you can see deer around here a lot of the time. It was about 7:15 pm on Sunday when I spotted this and managed to grab a few shots. Given the distance, it must have been bigger than an ordinary cat - I've got two cats and if they were that far away I'm not sure you would have been able to see them at all. It might actually have been about the size of a dog - I have a Dalmatian and a Labrador and it could have been around their size. It hung around for about 10 minutes, I'm not sure if it was eating something or maybe playing with its prey the way cats do because it seemed to be jumping about quite a lot as well."
Zoomed-in

So did Dawson see a black panther? Or is it a domestic cat? It does seem a little bigger than a domestic cat, but not that big.