Gumshoguy who data mines sasquatch reports writes about sasquatch's ability to hide.
In so far as the foot tracks disappearing, I have seen enough indication that shows these animals learn to scale trees quickly and stealthily on the opposite side of human vision to know it appears they disappeared when they are really above hiding in plain sight.
There are other instances of them being pursued then seemingly disappear into thin air.
A native American wrote of a tale long ago about her great grandmother being out in the woods, fetching water, when she heard thumping foot steps in the leaves. She turned to observe a Sasquatch running, though the animal did not notice her. She watched the Sasquatch stop, lay down, and bury itself in leaves and limbs completely concealed, and it appeared as though it had disappeared. She quickly left the watering point to hide herself from the cowboys in hot pursuit of the Sasquatch.
Sasquatches leaving prints in mud and snow have been known to walk backwards exactly for the purpose of confusing a tracker and will travel on gravel or rocks to avoid leaving a trail.
The possibilities are endless.
Sasquatch have been known to walk leaving tracks then suddenly grab a limb lifting itself above into a tree leaping or jumping to another and traveling in an opposite direction to confound its pursuers. So to a lay-person or tracker the foot tracks stopped and appeared to have disappeared, but in actuality they used the trees as subterfuge.
Hunters who have been fortunate enough to watch them stalk and hunt prey claim they have observed sasquatches leaping or jumping 20 feet from a crouched position to pounce on their prey, making it look effortless. Take a measuring tape out and check that … that’s a long ways.
Not improbable for a Sasquatch.
In thick forest or rain forest I would not exclude the spiderhole theory either. There are natural sinkholes or lava holes that are present and can be easily hidden until needed to hide in.
Here is a photo of the Sunnyslope Trackway made in Washington state.
Found Feb. 9, 2017, these 16" footprints (4' to 6'2" gait) were followed for over a mile, although they were briefly lost when the sasquatch entered the tree line. The trees above the missing tracks, unlike all the surrounding trees, were missing the snow off of the branches. The sasquatch evidently shook the snow off of the trees above thus covering up its tracks. But searches in the woods were able to pick the same trackway up again and continue following it further.
Reports of them destroying their footprints are known to happen in other mediums besides snow. Hiding their tracks is a known tactic sometimes employed by sasquatches.
(Below) Researcher Paul Graves can't stretch his legs wide enough to match the gait in the Sunnyslope Trackway. There was not really much the sasquatch could do to disguise its path in the open, but did so once it reached the trees.
Sasquatches have been known to mimic tree stumps or boulders, especially if caught out in the open.
A a summer camp Bible study teacher was playing hide-n-go-seek one evening, and while hidden in some bushes observed a sasquatch crossing a baseball field. The sasquatch was oblivious to the adult watching it, but then two kids came walking down the road by the field where the sasquatch was exposed in the open, causing the creature to spin around and crouch down, wrapping its arms around its legs with its back partially toward the road. He noted how it looked like a large stump in that position. It changed its identifiable shape into another.
In another account a 16-year-old boy was elk hunting in the Blue Mountains of Washington state when he spied a sasquatch through his scope for about 45 minutes at 250 yards with a 9 power scope. When two other hunters came over the saddle the creature turned, pivoting its upper body away while curling forward, and in the observer's words, "looked just like a stump sitting there." The hunters passed by within 15 feet of the sasquatch and never knew it was there.
There are many other accounts of people observing what they thought was a large stump or rock stand up and walk off on two legs.
There are witnesses, including researcher Bob Garrett, who can attest to sasquastches using mud to attach leaves to their coats. One observer claimed to see moss stuck to a sasquatch's coat and assumed it did so for warmth, but perhaps it was attempting to conceal itself via the local flora. The so called "Lizard Man" of the South Carolina swamps is said to be green in color, sometimes scaly or slimy looking -- what's that about? Sightings of Lizard Man are both contemporary and go far back in Native American lore. So, in some cases sasquatches wear a type of camouflage made to blend into their environment.
But perhaps the most controversial mode of camouflage is the possibility that some sasquatches might undergo seasonal hair color change, even turning white, and help facilitate (quicken) that change themselves. The man on the following video claims he found a large amounts of hair deposited at locations on his property, and while examining the hair he noticed it all had been cut off. During this first instance he saw a broken bottle stuck into the ground which he assumed was used to cut the hair.
Examining the hair it appeared to have been cut off to get down to a different color. He found large volumes of hair more than once. In the Spring he found white hair cut off to get down to brown hair, and the fall he found brown hair cut off to get down to white hair. If that is indeed the case, and this did occur, then the hair was cut off to implement a seasonal camouflage. It would be good to have more examples to confirm some sasquatches are undergoing this change.
They are curious beings who often watch campers and hikers from a hidden vantage point with all the precision of a Special Forces Op. Here's a story about Army Rangers on maneuvers being reconned by a lone sasquatch. The story involves a company of Rangers on a night ambush. Sometime after they'd gotten into position they heard a "guy" stalking them. They maintained fire discipline and waited for what they thought would be the rest of the opfor unit they were to hit. Instead the "guy" was alone and as he came upon their position he stopped. Then he proceeded to stalk their perimeter. The Ranger who tells the story marvels at the "guy's expertise." After completing his recon the "guy" slowly backs up the way he came and disappears into the night, leaving his distinct odor behind." http://sasquatchrese...quatch-stories/
SRA Andy writes, sasquatches usually seem to take hiding from us to extreme levels. We knew that they were cautious when observing us, but it wasn’t until we started using handheld thermals that we realized just how stealthy they are. Even in pure darkness, they still ghost in from tree to tree, often crawling on all fours or on their bellies to get a closer look at us. Many researchers have reported these sorts of behaviors.
We have also noticed that in darkened conditions they will often position themselves in the environment so as to appear as something natural, a dark bush, a stump, a rock, etc… Many witnesses who have had rock throwing incidents also report seeing dark objects near their camp that they assume was a stump or tree, only to find in the morning that the object isn’t there. http://sasquatchrese...s.org/behavior/
TRAIL CAM AVOIDANCE
Sasquatches have the uncanny ability to avoid trail cams. There are a number of theories on how they detect them and avoid being captured on them. Sasquatches who regularly take food from a feeding station will stop if you aim a trail cam at it. Examples of them not taking food from a feeding station once a trail cam is aimed at it are numerous.
Loren Coleman wrote about one of these cameras aimed at a feeding station with an odd twist. Sasquatches would not take the food if it was on, but would take the food if the camera was off. So, it was not a matter of seeing or knowing it was there, there was something about the camera itself being on that elicited a response.
Loren Coleman wrote, “The humans have a video camera at the location. When it is working, the Sasquatch refuse to collect the food. When the camera quits, the Sasquatch resume their activity. Reportedly, the Sasquatch cannot affect the video or computer recording operations, but certainly they seem to know when the system works and when it quits.” http://cryptomundo.c...bf-fingerprint/
Sasquatches are extremely crafty individuals who are by far more intelligent than anything else we'll encounter in the wild. They are self-aware thinking individuals. Of all life outside our own the forethought necessary to implement so many tactics in their quest to stay hidden from view most closely resembles our own intellect, and we are advised to not relegate their intellect as anywhere down near the other animals of the forest.
Without question this ability to stay hidden is why they remain an unrecognized species, a cryptid lowered down to a mysterious creature of myth and the brunt of jokes at those who would dare champion their existence.