Sunday, April 22, 2012
Newspaper Column, Bigfoot
Do not believe that all bigfoots are docile and will flee when approached by humans. If sighting reports can be believed, there are enough encounters to be concerned. Bigfoots have seemed to follow or even chase individuals.
Last week a reader of Bigfoot Ballyhoo, our online bigfoot magazine, reported such an encounter. The following is from that report:
“My friend and I were so absolutely shocked and surprised that we took off running down to the water’s edge. I looked back at one point and it was right behind us. Here we were running for our lives and this thing was just walking and still keeping up with us. It then turned and walked back up the bank and disappeared.”
The simple fact is, one can not be sure how these animals will react when surprised by humans. The animal needs to be studied. But how is one to study an animal that can’t be found? To be safe, should we lower our eyes and stand our ground? Should we run? The thing is, we just don’t know how we should act when we are face-to-face with a bigfoot.
I believe that “science” should, at this moment, be studying the sighting reports to insure our safety. I’ve not kept account of the number of sightings reported and posted on Bigfoot Ballyhoo (www.bigfootballyhoo.blogspot.com), which is a grave fault of the site. However, anyone can scroll back through older posts and easily find them. Online sites, such as Ballyhoo, that keep these sighting reports could be a prime source for scientists to study.
We learned last week, through a comment on Bigfoot Ballyhoo, that government agencies already have in place plans for protecting bigfoot once it is stamped “real.” Whether this is true or not, we know that many Forest Service employees have seen bigfoot. They know the animal exists. I’m wondering what the higher-ups of the Forest Service tell their men and women to do when they see or come upon a bigfoot.
Anyone in the science community is invited to study the reports on Bigfoot Ballyhoo. Many of these reports have been posted only on this site. Studying the vast pool of sighting reports can result in knowledge that can be found in no other way.
After all, bigfoot will not walk out of the woods and just give himself up to be studied once he is considered a real live animal. Until next week... Linda Newton-Perry