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Snow Tracks - Winter 2008-09


 
 

The clickable points on the map above show the locations of possible snow track finds during the winter of 2008/09. Click the letters to see the photos, and descriptions, along with the links to the relevant discussion forum threads.

The use of lettered markers is not meant to suggest that a single sasquatch progressed across the continent during the winter. Many of these tracks were made/found at roughly the same time. They are definitely not made by the same animal or track-maker.

This photo from Wisconisn continues to astound people. The snow was 18 inches deep. The larger tracks on the right were not made by a coyote or rabbit leaping through the snow. The tracks were made by a large sasquatch stepping through the snow, and stepping over the fence in the process. The sasquatch tracks intersect with a line of deer tracks. The sasquatch was probably trying to catch up to the deer. These Wisconsin photos show what many witnesses have described in the past -- a tall sasquatch easily stepping over a barbed wire fence without even slowing down. The sasquatch that made these tracks is likely 8-9 feet tall. Click the image for more information and to find a larger version.


This is useful knowledge. Canadians and Americans need to become familiar with authentic sasquatch snow tracks, especially while there is still snow on the ground in many parts of the continent. With this in mind, the decision was made to release a gallery of track photos from recent weeks before many more details and analyses could be accumulated. Some initial assumptions may be corrected in time regarding some of these track finds.

A few issues naturally arise when presenting a collection of snow tracks photos: 1) How can we be so sure they not all fakes? 2) How can we be sure they are not misidentified animal tracks or misidentified human tracks? 3) What is significance of snow tracks of sasquatches?

Though we cannot be sure that all of them are authentic sasquatch tracks, we are indeed very confident that some of them are authentic sasquatch tracks. Along with the tracks that we strongly suspect are authentic, we've also included some images that may not show authentic tracks, to show some of the differences. For example, there is a set of photos taken north of Seattle (look for the red icon on the map), showing tracks that were faked. The tracks found in Ontario, Canada (shown with the yellow icon) are still undetermined because of how much they were degraded, but they may be the impressions of a rabbit hopping through the snow. The tracks found in North Dakota may be existing compressions of snow that were modified to look like a large foot -- partially faked.

The photos did not all come from one source. Some of the tracks were found by our own investigators in the field. Others came from random people. The photos from Wisconsin were taken two days after a daylight road-crossing sighting at that spot. We are very confident in those tracks, and well as the tracks from SE OH and those from Puget Sound, Washington. Those three can be regarded as standards to which all others can be compared.


Authentic sasquatch tracks found by Derek Randles in the Puget Sound region of western Washington State, showing the classic long stride "high-wire" pattern. Click the image for more information.


The Puget Sound tracks and NE Ohio (Portage County) tracks were obtained on private properties where activity had been previously reported. The activity in Puget Sound is ongoing.


As for our specific techniques and criteria for distinguishing fakes from authentic tracks ... that touchy issue deserves a separate page.

The next issue, regarding the potential for honest misidentification, is addressed (or shall be) on the individual pages about the tracks. More details and analysis in this regard will be fleshed out in the course of the Q&A on the relevant public forum threads. The investigators/photographers will take questions in those threads.

The third issue, regarding the significance of snow tracks, can be summarized on this page.


The Relevance to Migration


Many people ask and wonder whether these animals migrate with the seasons, moving from the northern latitudes to the southern latitudes to avoid the snowy winters. No evidence, annecdotal or otherwise, suggests this pattern of seasonal migration. Whereas photos of snow tracks in the northern latitudes deep into winter suggest that the populations in those latitudes remain there throughout the year.

There is annecdotal data to suggest a pattern of elevation migration with the seasons in mountainous regions, but elevation migration would usually not take them out of the same county, or cluster of counties.


The Relevance to Hibernation

Many people ask and wonder whether they hibernate during the winter in northern latitudes, like bears. There has never been any evidence, annecdotal or otherwise, to suggest they hibernate through the winter. Whereas photos of snow tracks in the northern latitudes deep into winter, along with dozens of other similar track finds in the past, in the snow, that were not photographed, suggest they do not hibernate like bears.


Regarding Public Awareness

Canadians and Americans should be on the look out for snow tracks like these in areas of previous sightings. Sasquatches will often cross roads and highways in the winter as the follow herds of deer and elk, but most people won't pay attention to their tracks as they approach roads, because the distinguishing characteristics, such as the size and stride of the tracks, cannot be easily discerned from a distance, especially while driving. If seen only from a distance one could easily assume they are merely human tracks.

If you find what appears to be snow tracks of sasquatches, please photograph them with a digital camaera. Before sending those photos to us as attachments, please send a brief email to Contact@BFRO.net to let us know that you have photos to send to us. If you have a lot of photos to send us then we may have an alternate email address for you to use.

Finding authentic sasquatch tracks in the snow is a unique, breathtaking experience. If you are ever so lucky, the scene will make your hair stand on end, as if your whole body knows that you cannot get away from this animal if it pursues you. Full grown sasquatches are large, swift, powerful apes that can easily overtake you and subdue you if they are so inclined. The fact that they don't do this (have only been known to do this in few cases where people have shot at them), should provide some comfort to people who may come across these types of tracks in remote areas.

Sasquatches won't hurt you or your children, even though they could, provided that you do not shoot at them. If you shoot guns at them, all bets are off in terms of how they might respond.

Likely authentic tracks from Portage County, northeasten Ohio. Click the image for more information.


Tracks in snow are more photogenic than tracks in almost any other type of soil condition, but they can degrade quickly. For that reason, if you live in a rural area which has a history of sighting reports, please consider keeping a small digital camera in your vehicle glove compartment at all times, just in case.

Many people have told us about spotting tracks like these in snow while driving down rural highways, but they were unable to photograph them because they didn't have a camera in the vehicle. Before this year, most people didn't carry a camera all the time.

Decent quality digital cameras have become so small and inexpensive that many people now own more than one -- mainly because so many are received as gifts nowadays. During the Christmas of 2008 alone, hundreds of thousands of people received compact digital cameras as gifts in Canada and America.

If you have more than one digital camera, please keep one in your car. All of these historically important photos were shot with pocket size digital cameras.