The Sylvanic Bigfoot Story

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Normandy Nessie: ‘Big beast’ reported in Madeira Beach canal

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MADEIRA BEACH — If you believe retiree Russ Sittloh, the canals around Crystal Island have their own version of the infamous Loch Ness Monster.

After four sightings of the mysterious creature, he is so convinced that something’s out there that he has dubbed it Normandy Nessie.

Sittloh and his wife, Betty, say they’ve seen the creature from their Normandy Road waterfront home once in the spring, again in September and twice this month.

Nessie doesn’t have a regular routine, Sittloh says, but usually swims by in midafternoon.

The couple used to watch dolphins frolic in their canal, but since Nessie arrived the dolphins have been a no-show.

“At first, I was puzzled. I couldn’t figure out what it was. Then in September I thought it might be a python or some big snake. But then this month, I saw a caudal fin. He looks like he is over 30 feet long and about 15 inches in diameter. We are talking about a big beast out there,” Sittloh said.

When he told friends and neighbors about the first two sightings, he was met with skepticism and even laughter.

So he decided to prove his discovery. He spent $370 on a surveillance camera to monitor the canal from his window. He kept watch and downloaded both video and still pictures to his computer and then posted them on the Internet.

He even sent a letter to a local newspaper.

“At the risk of having everyone think I have lost it, gone bonkers or whatever, I must share this visual sighting with everyone,” he wrote.

He worries that the creature “could pose a real danger to people and small animals,” and particularly to those who swim or kayak in the canal.

Sittloh says his most recent sighting was about a week ago. The creature was in the middle of a school of baitfish, did a double roll and came back toward Sittloh with a “mouthful of fish.”

Now Sittloh’s Nessie sightings have gone viral on the Web.

Depending on how you structure your search, Google returns between 449 and 8,000 Web pages that reference “Normandy Nessie.”

Chatter on Web sites and blogs speculate on what Nessie could be. Guesses range from a large manatee to a Cretaceous-era mosasaur, a serpentine marine reptile that could reach nearly 60 feet long. Fortunately, it is extinct.

As for Sittloh’s first guess — a large python or snake — pythons can swim and have been reported in the Everglades. Presumably they are former pets turned loose by their owners.

A state-sanctioned hunting program reported capturing and killing 37 pythons this month. Officials estimate that 30,000 Burmese pythons live in the Everglades.

In July, an 8-foot pet Burmese python escaped from its terrarium and strangled a 2-year-old girl.

“I don’t know if we have a mutated species here or what,” Sittloh said. “Whatever he is, my God, is he big. He is some kind of big.”

Sittloh said he has warned his neighbors and called the city, but did not report the creature to the Sheriff’s Office.

“From the video, it appears most likely it is a manatee,” said Carli Segelson, media relations coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said no one else in Madeira Beach has reported seeing Nessie.

“It sounds like there is something out there, but we don’t know what it is,” she said.


Creature seen in Wisconsin a Werewolf ?

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Some of you may roll your eyes, but there are many people in Wisconsin who claim to have seen something unexplainable.

Is it a werewolf? Bigfoot? An unidentified wild animal?

First, throw out all of your Hollywood preconceptions. It doesn’t change from a full moon, and no one’s shot it with a silver bullet.

But hundreds of people right here in Wisconsin are saying there’s something out there.

If there is something out there, popular culture has done it no favors.
Most people scoff at the idea, but some claim there are many rational witnesses who’ve come face-to-face with the irrational.

Reports in Wisconsin date back to the 1930s. And they keep coming.

“All I know it was something I have never seen before.”

November 2006: Holy Hill Road in Washington County: Steve Krueger, a DNR worker, is on his daily routes picking up deer carcasses. He parks his truck and throws a small doe in the bed. When he climbs back into the cab to fill out the paperwork, his trucks starts to shake.

Added Krueger, “At first I didn’t think anything of it and it shook a little bit more vigorously a second time. I just glanced up into the rearview mirror of my truck and I saw this big, hairy, black I don’t know what it was.”

Steve threw it in drive and slammed on the gas.

“It was big, it was stocky,” recalled Krueger. “It had big pointed ears on the top of its head, and a bigger snout than what a bear has. I guesstimated it was between six and seven feet tall.”

Steve filed a report of an aggressive animal to the sheriff’s department. It didn’t take long for the media to pick up on it.

“A Washington County man says he has spotted Bigfoot,” reported NBC-15 anchor Becky Hillier in mid-November 2006.

“I was pretty scared when I saw it.” Dillon Ruder and David Radeztsky lived on Holy Hill Road nearby. A few days before Steve’s encounter the young boys were jumping on a trampoline and saw something very similar.

“We saw just a hairy monster on the corner of the woods,” added Ruder.

In both reports the media called it Bigfoot or a werewolf. But author and journalist Linda Godfrey prefers the term man-wolf.

“I have been researching it, following it, investigating it, staking it out for 17 years,” said Godfrey.

Godfrey, a Wisconsin native who lives in Elkhorn, says she’s received hundreds of reported sightings. Many of them were just miles from her home along the most famous road in Wisconsin man-wolf lore.

The Beast of Bray Road was Godfrey’s first book on the mysterious creatures that roam the woods of Wisconsin. And now her work has spawned so much interest that seven more books have followed. So many people are willing to share their stories that she is getting one to three reports a week from all across the country, and all around the world.

“Whatever it is, there is more than one. It seems to be more of a scavenger that wants to frighten people. Maybe it’s territorial. It seems to want people to leave it alone.”

Godfrey’s best guess is that it’s a Timberwolf that has evolved or adapted to stand or even run on its hind legs. But, she’s not ruling out the supernatural.

“It’s very audacious to say we know all there is,” stated Godfrey. “We know that our five senses can’t hear all that there is to hear or see all light wavelengths. Maybe there are things out there we just don’t understand.”

According to Katie Zahn, it’s definitely of this world.

“I knew it wasn’t human,” added Zahn. “I just had no idea what it was.”

In the summer of 2003, Katie and some friends were walking through these woods in Rock County. At the edge of a creek she saw three wolf-like creatures drinking water.

“They would have been kneeling down on the side of the river here,” she remembered. “They picked up the water in their hands and drank it like a human instead of licking it and lapping it like a dog would. They stood up, turned around and we got terrified. We ran back, we’re falling up the hill to get back to our car.”

Zahn’s friends deny seeing anything.

“I think they just think I’m a little crazy for believing this and actually explaining my story to someone and having them believe me.”

At least one expert says she’s telling the truth. For the show Monsterquest on the History Channel, Zahn took a polygraph, and passed – twice.

“If they don’t believe me, that is their choice,” said Zahn. “But, I know what I saw. And I believe every word of it.”

“Personally I could care less if anyone believes me. My concern in life is not to sit there and make people believe what I saw. I saw what I saw,” concluded Krueger.

“I hope that maybe someday it will all become clear and apparent,” said Godfrey. “As long as I keep getting reports I will probably file them and keep trying to figure it out. But, I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers.”

Source: nbc15

‘Tracks’ found in area where ‘Bigfoot-type’ creature spotted

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SAN ANTONIO – Experts are now investigating reported sightings of a large, hairy, ‘Bigfoot-type’ creature on the West Side.

Police said the ‘Bigfoot-type’ creature was spotted in the area around Highway 151 and Loop 1604. A caller told police a large, tall, hairy creature dragged a deer carcass into the woods. Officers searched the area, but said they did not find anything.

“If one sighting is real, then that means something is out there,” said Rick Tullos, who is a member of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization.

Tullos has traveled around the country to investigate sightings and is now checking out the latest report in the San Antonio area.

“We look for an area where the fence has been bent down,” Tullos explained. “Or maybe evidence of some hairs caught in some of the barbs of the fence.”

News 4 WOAI’s crew looked around the area with Tullos and didn’t find anything at first. But a short time later, a set of tracks was spotted that Tullos said did not look like those that would be made by a human.

Tullos said he will have to analyze the tracks and, hopefully, find more evidence of what may have been in the woods.

Tullos told News WOAI there have been a handful of sightings on the Far West Side, including out near Lackland Air Force Base and in other wooded areas near Highway 151 several years back.