The Sylvanic Bigfoot Story

Todd Standing is a columnist for Unexplained-Mysteries and a Bigfoot researcher. He’s made quite a lot of headlines in the Bigfoot community by coming forward with video “proof” of these bipedal, ape-like creatures that he has filmed in recent expeditions. It doesn’t just end there, he also claims to know a secret location called “Sylvanic” (According to Todd, this is the name given by the “native” people) said to be a hidden valley nestled deep into the American Rockies.

Todd and his team have released several teaser videos as proof and claim that they are keeping the location secret in order to protect the newly found creatures. Their website has very limited information as to who the team is and what it is they actually found.

Their website itself holds no real information. There are a few links for an online store to buy the “video evidence” of the creatures they filmed. Not a surprise.
So what is the real story behind the “Sylvanic Bigfoot” ?

According to Todd’s Youtube account, there is a short video clip of the supposed evidence that was captured recently. The video was uploaded to Youtube on November 27, 2009. I don’t know the date of the video itself.

As far as most of the information from, the details of the location or more video proof cannot be divulged due to the team’s effort to help protect these creatures by there claims.


Legend of the Goatman

He roams the woods of Prince George’s County by day and stalks deserted, mist-covered roads, preying on dogs, searching out lone teenagers and screeching his eerie, high-pitched call late into the night. His body is a grotesque mix of man and beast.

He is Goatman.

The legend that has haunted Prince George’s County for decades has become part urban, legend part ancient folklore. With his own Wikipedia page, Facebook groups and haunted house show, Goatman is an icon to rival any Bigfoot, Yeti or Loch Ness Monster.

His home turf is the university’s back yard. He has been reported seen across the county in Beltsville, Mitchellville and Bowie, though, sightings in Texas, Alabama and Michigan have elevated Goatman to a national phenomenon.

And as this year’s Halloween festivities arrive, his legacy has finally been chronicled in print with the publication of alumnus Mark Opsasnick’s book, The Real Story Behind the Exorcist: A Study of the Haunted Boy and Other True-Life Horror Legends From Around the Nation’s Capital, which includes an in-depth chapter on the Goatman.

Opsasnick said he set out to discover Goatman’s true origins.

After digging through newspaper archives, he discovered a cache of 1957 articles describing an “abominable phantom” lurking in Upper Marlboro with the same physical description as the modern Goatman. Opsasnick believes this phantom is what evolved into the story of Goatman over the next few decades.

“It traveled through the county and was transformed through word of mouth,” Opsasnick said in an interview. “It was used to scare kids to keep them in line and eventually spread through high schools to become a legend.”

It was in the 1970s that Goatman began to spawn other legends.

In one version he was an old hermit creeping around the back roads of the county. In another, he became a kind of Sasquatch figure.

The third legend that emerged became the most popular. This variation told the story of mad scientist, Dr. Stephen Fletcher, who worked in the United States Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville where one of his experiments went horribly wrong. Working with goat and human DNA to try to save his fatally ill wife, Jenny Fletcher, Dr. Fletcher’s research mutated into a hybrid beast; part goat, part man.

This version of the story has become an running joke among employees at the Agricultural Research Center.

“Most of the public knows it is a silly urban myth,” Public Affairs Specialist for the Agricultural Research Service Kim Kaplan said. “There is no evidence at all. I love that one website talked about a couple of teens who found scratches on their door and thought it was the Goatman, because nothing else causes scratches around old moldings.”

In the past 20 years, innumerable versions of the Goatman story have emerged.

“Especially with the advent of the Internet, various reports and sites extrapolated the legend to a point to where they do not even resemble the original stories,” Opsasnick said. “It’s mixed and matched. It all depends on what group of teens you come across promoting the latest story.”

New Bigfoot Image Cut Down by Occam’s Razor

A photograph captured on a trail camera in the Minnesota woods has some people suggesting that Bigfoot has once again been filmed. In October, brothers Casey and Peter Kedrowski rigged a motion-activated camera to record wildlife near Chippewa National Forest. When the pair recently looked at the images, one showed a dark, featureless human-like figure that made them wonder if they had accidentally photographed the mysterious Bigfoot creature.

The figure looked a lot like a bow hunter might appear, though none of the local hunters the brothers spoke to admitted to being in the area on the night in question. Soon a pair of local Bigfoot enthusiasts arrived on the scene, and “authenticated” the mystery. Bigfoot buff Don Sherman analyzed the photo, comparing it to the most famous image of an alleged Bigfoot, seen in a 1967 film. According to Sherman, the proportions of the figure that the Kedrowskis captured are very similar to the figure in the 1967 Bigfoot film. “I am pretty convinced,” Sherman said.

Sherman may be convinced, but others aren’t—and this Bigfoot story doesn’t survive one of the most important scientific principles, Occam’s Razor. This idea (attributed to a William of Occam, who devised his version in the 1300s) is that if you have a phenomenon to be explained and several different theories are proposed as solutions, the simplest one (or the one with the fewest assumptions) is likely to be the correct answer.

For example, if a camera snaps a photo in the woods of a bipedal form on a trail that closely resembles a human in size and shape, is it more likely that the figure is actually a person, or that it’s Bigfoot—an animal that never proven to exist? Both are possible, but which is more likely?

The arms and legs of the figure in the trailcam image do not show the curvature of arm or leg muscles, a synthetic jacket seems to reflects a sheen, and the figure seems to be wearing gloves. It might indeed be Bigfoot—if Bigfoot has taken to wearing warm winter clothes as it hikes the trails.

Ironically, if Sherman is correct, his comparison actually undermines the whole case for Bigfoot, since the image is almost certainly a person in a dark jacket (whether hunter or hoax). That is, this Bigfoot expert is saying that a photo of a person in a dark woodsman’s outfit looks a lot like a famous Bigfoot photo that many suspect is really a guy in a dark ape outfit. If the new (bogus) Bigfoot image closely resembles an old one, then logically the old image is suspect.

Many monster-hunters have distanced themselves from the recent photo. Loren Coleman, founder of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, said that he thought the Bigfoot looked “bogus” and may have been a prank. “All I can say is that this merely continues the media’s need to push weak Bigfoot stories on an unsuspecting public. This image seems to have no solid foundation of evidence,” Coleman said.

This case also highlights one of the pitfalls of researching mysterious subjects like Bigfoot, ghosts, and UFOs: anyone can declare himself or herself an expert on the topic. There are no governing bodies or accrediting institutions for investigators, and most casual readers can’t tell which investigators use credible scientific methods and which simply put up a Web site and deem themselves authorities. The Minnesota trailcam non-Bigfoot photo says nothing about whether Bigfoot exists, but it does reveal a great deal about how these stories begin and spread.

Source: livescience

Minnesota Trailcam catches Bigfoot ?

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Tim Kedrowski and his sons, Peter and Casey, are not pushovers for Bigfoot stories, but a frame on a game trail camera set up on their hunting land north of Remer has left them in a quandary.

“To us, it’s very hard because we lean toward the skeptical type,” Kedrowski said in a telephone interview from his Rice, Minn., home.

But after checking with neighbors and any other hunters who might have been walking through the dense woods at 7:20 p.m. on the rainy night of Oct. 24, he said they couldn’t imagine what else the image could be. Tim said he considered ideas from a bear to a bow hunter in a fuzzy suit. But the arm and hand couldn’t be a bear’s, or its upright gait. And there is no evidence in the photo of a bow or flashlight a hunter might be using to track a wounded deer.

The Kedrowskis checked the Minnesota Bigfoot Web site and came up with the names of Don Sherman and Bob Olson, the Northern Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team.

Sherman is the facilities manager for the Cass Lake Indian Health Service Hospital, and Olson is an auto body repairman in Deer River.

Sherman has responded to numerous area Bigfoot sighting reports and has made casts of footprints. He said he once caught footage of a Bigfoot on a thermal imaging camera and heard its warbling call.

When Sherman saw the image the Kedrowskis sent him, Tim said the researcher responded that he believes it is a picture of a Bigfoot. Sherman went with the Kedrowskis to the photo site and measured the height of the creature in comparison the sapling next to it. He determined the animal is about 7 feet tall.

“I’ve hunted there for 43 years,” Tim said of their property near Shingle Mill Lake. “I’ve seen one bear off my deer stand. I’ve seen three timber wolves.”

Casey Kedrowski said he and his brother had gone out to the family’s hunting shack prior to deer season to bring in firewood and make other preparations. They set up a game trail camera to see what might be wandering around their property.

Casey said he and his brother were the only people who knew where the camera was located. They took the camera down when deer season started, and a couple of weeks later checked on what they had caught.

When they came to the picture of the long-armed creature walking upright, Casey said, “We just looked at each other. Each of us thought we were playing a trick on each other.”

When they determined that neither of them had pulled a prank on the other, they checked to see if anyone had been in the area that night. Tim said the only neighbors were two elderly hunters in their own shack, neither of whom matched the size and appearance of the creature caught on camera.

However, he said, when he asked the men about the night the camera clicked on the mystery, they said they had gone out about 2 a.m. to use the outhouse and had heard strange squealing noises. Ted said he asked them to show him the direction of the sounds. They pointed to the area where the camera had been, although they had no idea of its location.

Sharing photo

Ted said he just released the photo and permission for its publication last weekend.

“It was deer season and we wanted to concentrate on deer hunting, and (we) really wanted to talk to people in the area and … make sure they weren’t scamming us,” he said. “We’re not 100 percent sure, obviously. After visiting with (Sherman and Olson) we feel they’ve done a lot more investigation. That’s why we put it in their hands.”

Sherman said the Northern Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team started receiving reports of Bigfoot sightings in 2006 and has had reports every year since, including four reports this year. He said the first reported sighting he investigated was from a man running a road grader near Six Mile Lake south of Lake Winnibigoshish. Sherman said he was able to make casts of the footprints. A more recent sighting report was by a truck driver.

“I’ve talked to this guy – this was last year – he was coming from Crosby (Minn.) with a load of lumber by Washburn Lake,” Sherman said. “It had hands, he said, like baseball mitts. It took three steps to cross the road. He was pretty shook up.”

Doubt expressed

In spite of such seemingly credible reports, biologists remain unconvinced.

“Personally, I don’t buy the fact this thing exists,” said Blane Klemek, assistant wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji.

“There are certainly species that are discovered each year –but megafauna – rare is it a big mammal is discovered,” he said.

He noted the belief that the ivory-billed woodpecker is not extinct after all is based on a fleeting, indistinct video image of some kind of woodpecker recorded in 2004 in the Big Woods of Arkansas. No other sightings have been reported.

He also noted than no one has ever found a Bigfoot carcass.

“All organisms die; they don’t just go away,” Klemek said. “You’d think someone someday would find one.”

Evan Hazard, Bemidji State University retired mammalogist, also expressed doubt about the Bigfoot’s existence.

“I just don’t know,” he said. “My background in mammalogy makes me skeptical, not expert. My inclination is to say we really don’t have good evidence.”

Hazard said proof would be a clear photo matched with footprints at the same site – multiple pieces of overlapping evidence.

Search continues

Sherman said the research would go on. He said he believes the Bigfoot is intelligent and perfectly at home in the woods.

“That’s why they’re so elusive,” he said. “They know the woods better than any hunter because they live it.”

One thing the hunters agree on is that even if they could produce a carcass for examination, they wouldn’t shoot a Bigfoot.

“Absolutely not – no way,” said Tim. “I asked my sons would they shoot it, and they said no. It has every right to live.”

“I’ve talked to people who’ve had them in their sights and their scopes, and they said they couldn’t pull the trigger,” she Sherman.

“We’ve got all kinds of equipment, night vision, cameras, listening devices,” Sherman said.


Texas Bigfoot 911 call: The San Antonio sasquatch

It seems to be Bigfoot season in Texas. Things kicked off in November with the Ninth Texas Bigfoot Conference, where squatchers from around Texas and the world gathered to discuss all things hairy and hominid.

Things really got rolling, however, when a homeless couple in San Antonio called 911 to report something very big and very stinky killing a deer outside their tent in the woods. You can listen to the astonishing eight minutes below.

And if you still need more Lone Star primate action you can talk to the fellows at JD’s Paint and Body Shop. They have what appears to be a monkey running around the back of their shop. JD’s is less than five miles from the sighting by the homeless couple and, curiously, less than a mile from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research. One wonders if they lost a research animal. Or two.

Source: examiner