Anyone who seriously searches for sasquatches is typically met with a series of frequently asked questions from the public. Here you will find our answers to the most common questions.
Be sure to check back occasionally because we intend to update this section as questions arise.
This is the million dollar question and the answer isn’t simple. There are many variables that play into this.
First, a clarification must be made. The question assumes that a body or fossils have not been found; but the correct question is to ask, “Why hasn’t the species been recognized by modern science?”
There are many sources, some credible, many not so much, which either claim to have seen bodies, shot and killed a sasquatch and hid the body, found large bones but they were lost in bureaucracy, etc… Typically, these stories are tabloid fodder and conspiracy theories, and frankly we eschew them until such a time as they can actually produce the goods. That said, there is a very real possibility that people have found dead sasquatches in whatever from, and for unknown reasons they were not brought to the light by the government and science. So saying the bodies have never been found is based on the erroneous assumption that everyone will know about it almost as soon as it happens; which simply is not the case.
The following are our best hypotheses as to why a type specimen has not been officially obtained and recognized by the scientific community:
- Remnants of animals near the top of the food chain are seldom found in forest and bog environments. The environments these animals live in have acidic soils and scavengers that consume even bones. Bears, mountain lions, wolves, and other predators are simply not found by us after having died of natural causes. These animals are not that common to begin with. When ill, injured, or dying, animals tend to hide so they will not be preyed upon. They do not lay down and die on a trail. The vast majority of people never go far off trail. Finally, when an animal dies in a forest, the body will be reduced to bone in about a week with the bones then being scattered. Bones in forests seldom, if ever, fossilize or even remain for more than a season as they are gnawed on by rodents, covered by falling leaves, and decayed rapidly by the acidic soils. The chances of someone finding sasquatch remains are next to nil.
- Another reason that nobody finds Sasquatch bodies or bones is because not many people are actively looking for them in the right places with the kind of time and resources that it will take. There is a dearth of real research going on, save for a few stalwarts like Drs. Meldrum, Bindernagel, and Fahrenbach. This is primarily because of the way the subject was treated by the tabloid media in the latter half of the 20th century, thus branding anyone studying this as the pariahs of the science community. The tenure and peer review system in today’s scientific community actually inhibits scientists from taking risks and looking into possibilities that may fly in the face of the currently accepted theories. Thus, most scientists are loathe to even discuss this subject as it could be career limiting to have their names associated with it. It is actually a very sad state of things since something is obviously happening, even if it is only in all of our minds, it would still be worthy of investigation and study.
Not likely, but as with any wild animal, they can be unpredictable. Their likely high intelligence makes them even more unpredictable, for, as a species, they seem peace loving and indisposed to hurt people, there are likely individuals that act contrary to the norm, just as we humans have anti social individuals who act outside the norms of our society.
After spending many years trying to obtain photo evidence of sasquatches, we can state with authority that it is not an easy undertaking, even if you can find areas where they are active. There are many reasons for this, as follows:
- Sasquatches are most active a dusk, dawn, and the dark of night. Standard cameras do not work well in low light conditions. Even cameras with infrared or good flashes still do not take good, high resolution photos in low light at ranges of more than thirty feet.
- Cameras do not take distance photos very well without special lenses and tripods to make then stable enough to get a clear picture. Most people out enjoying the woods do not have cameras with this equipment on them, and even if they did, most sightings do not last long enough to set up the tripod, focus the camera, and take the shot.
- Most people do not walk around with their cameras in hand and turned on. Even in the rare case that they do, the auto-focus on most point and shoot cameras is too slow to select and focus on a sasquatch before it is gone.
- It is true that many people do now have cell phones with photo and video capabilities, but unless the subject is very close on a sunny day, pictures taken on these devices are for the most part useless.
- Most sasquatches do not like being viewed by us. They especially seem to flee when we make motions to point things at them. Very likely they have seen us point guns at animals many times over and watched as the animals died. They likely have no way of knowing that our cameras are not the same as our guns.
- Finally, most people are so shocked by the sudden encounter, that even with a camera on and in hand, they do not remember to take a picture. The experience is just too powerful for that kind of rational thought. SRA-Andy experienced this first hand in MI. When something threw a shrew in front of his car, he stopped, grabbed is camera, turned it on, and went to the woods edge looking for the sasquatch. When it stood up briefly in front of him, he was still shocked enough that he forgot the camera for a second, long enough for it to have slipped off into the brush.
Unlike standard cameras, as discussed previously, one would expect that the plethora game trail cameras installed by hunters would capture more sasquatch images. For years, we wondered at this as well, and have come to the conclusion that the sasquatches are noticing the cameras and avoiding them.
Game trail cameras in sasquatch areas seldom seem to capture any hint of sasquatches. We do often receive reports of trail cameras that are ripped from the trees by something. I’ve seen photos of very close-up partial faces, lips, fingers, and even a large brown eye. These photos are seldom published by anyone as they would be easy to misidentify the subject or fake the image; however, we are convinced that at least some of them are real.
So how do they always seem to know where the cameras are, and why do they avoid them?
After much research and debate, we have two theories as to how they spot the cameras no matter how well they are hidden. First, it is possible, though unlikely, that sasquatches can see far enough up the color spectrum to be able to see the infrared light the cameras use for triggers. Second, and most likely, the cameras make a lot of high pitched noise. A friend of the SRA has recently done a lengthy study on trail cameras and found that all of them make noise just above human hearing. Some models are noisy all the time and others only when activating, but they all make sound that the sasquatches may be able to hear.
So why then do they avoid them? Frankly, we do not know. We seriously doubt that the sasquatches have any idea what a camera is, but they do likely know enough about us to be wary of things we leave in their environment. They are likely aware that we do use traps to catch prey, and it could be that they fear what they do not understand. Also the lens on most cameras does look like an eye and they may simply have an aversion to being seen. We do not know what their reasons are, but it is fairly clear that they avoid and even destroy our cameras.
We have had more luck using game trail cameras when the cameras are deployed as a part of human camps, especially when the cameras are placed near vehicles. This would tend to support the theory that they are hearing the cameras, because the camera sounds would not be out of place in a human camp the way they would in a quiet forest. The problem with this, so far, is that the pictures we have gotten have been just outside of the camera’s range of focus. Trail cameras have a fixed focal length and anything more than 30 to 40 feet away is going to be somewhat blurry, especially in low light. That might be ok for counting the deer in your hunting area, but not for proving the existence of an undiscovered hominid.
If they were simply animals, we would whole heartedly agree with this stance, but most of us believe that they are not merely animals. At the very least, there is a strong possibility that they are a relict Homo species, and, as such, we feel that killing one purposefully would be murder or at least something very close to it.
Also, from a safety perspective, we cannot support the notion of people hunting them. First, in our experience, sasquatches are seldom alone. You may shoot one and have no difficulties, or you may shoot one only to find that you are now the hunted. We wouldn’t want to bet on a lone hunter’s chances if a group of sasquatches decides that he is not going to leave the woods alive.
Second, there are teens who do dress up and try to hoax people from time to time. We had one kid who was dressing up in a gorilla costume in WI and crossing in front of cars at night. Luckily, a researcher we know saw him and noticed his tennis shoes. He stopped and had a talk with the kid. The kid is just lucky that someone with a gun and a bit too much beer did not see him first and decide to take a shot.
Given these issues, we have adopted our no-kill-except-by-accredited-institution policy. We will not allow people actively looking to kill a sasquatch to attend an expedition, for the safety of the other participants.
We are not here to moderate your views; however, and will not stop you from expressing a pro-kill opinion on our site. We strongly believe that all views have merit and should be heard, regardless of the subject at hand, at least until such a time as that poster is becoming abusive with said stance and not allowing others to have contrary views or is actively using the site to organize people to hunt sasquatches. So in essence, you are free to express your views and discuss this topic, but not to use the SRA data or resources to actually hunt or locate sasquatches for the purpose of killing one.
Honestly, no one knows. We have seen estimates of between 2,000 and 10,000 individuals in North America. From what we have seen in the field, we actually believe that the low end of this range is flat out wrong and the upper range is a very conservative estimate. We do not think that these estimates take into account the highly secretive habits of these creatures, nor the reluctance most witnesses have to filing a report after an encounter. It is actually impossible with the current data to give a population estimate.