Footprints that go nowhere

Tom Biscardi’s Searching for Bigfoot gang appears to have taken up the reins where MonsterQuest left off, by leading expeditions to stake out sights where evidence of Bigfoot surfaces. In response to a highly dubious piece of evidence, that looked more like a clump of leaves than an ape, they rushed to PA a few months ago to camp out for a day or so. Recently, they went to North Carolina to follow up on the collection of a footprint.

Maybe they can get their own TV show too? Join the crowd of seekers seeking to prove the unknown on television. I’d watch.

The breaking story about the new footprint didn’t even make me pause. We have 50 over years of Bigfoot prints and stories. No shortage there. I even have a colleague who mentioned he thought he found a Bigfoot print in his garden in central PA. Ideally, trace evidence (and anecdotes) should be a clue to lead you to a bigger story. But they are questionable if interpreted on their own. So little data is available from them that we head quickly off the cliff and tumble into wild speculation.

How many have prints and anecdotes have lead us to hoaxes? Many hoaxes have been foisted on the public, media and scientists alike.
How many are unresolved (because so little information is available to decide on a cause)? Most would fall into this category. We just don’t know what happened. Don’t jump to an unwarranted conclusion.
How many have lead us to better evidence to support the existance of an unknown animal out there? Still waiting. The trail goes cold real fast.

Bigfoot prints are news because they are iconic pop culture references. Bigfoot = footprint. We all know what the footprint is supposed to look like before we see it. We are conditioned to respond to it. I’m now conditioned to respond to it with a “meh”. Do they really give us any new information at all? Nothing comes from them.

Footprints take us nowhere. Bigfoot researchers have to raise the standards. We’ve been around and around this block too many times. There’s nothing new to see here, just one’s own tracks covering the same old ground.


3 thoughts on “Footprints that go nowhere

  1. I read your new post regarding bigfoot prints and visited the usual bigfoot sites on the internet to see if anmything new was being reported. Again, the thing that always is apparent to me is the sameness of them all. The same photos and anecdotes apppear on many of them and when you do a search as ‘the best photo of bigfoot’ you get the ape picture from Florida. A few suggest that they have more convincing evidence but are waiting for the right time or are afraid the “proof” will be stolen. The videos on YouTube are mostly people having fun with it or outright hoaxes. I became interested in this after seeing a guy with a BFRO t-shirt in a restaurant two years ago. To date, I have seen nothing new since that time. I don’t understand how thousands of people looking for this creature can find so little proof and, further, I think they are being sold a bill of goods by people and groups who are really only selling them t-shirts and dis-information.

  2. What bothered me most about this story was the mention of a footprint but not a trackway. It could have just been the reporting. Even a trackway can easily be hoaxed, as you said. That was my point. This line of evidence is so tainted and is a evidentiary dead end, it’s useless.

  3. There was more bigfoot hokum on Discovery last week with many references to the awful smell of these creatures. Why would it be so difficult for a dog such as a bloodhound to simply follow the odor to it’s source?

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