Originally posted by NewWorldOver
Excellent post, Badge! Thanks for including all that material. I have some of those very videos on my playlist
They did indeed follow her, all the way into the forest until they lost her tracks amidst the debris on the forest floor. And they did indeed return
to the site, immediately, to cast the tracks. The tracks left were twice as deep as would be possible for even the largest man to create
Supposedly there's a second reel of film that shows them following P for a short time, but then they explain that they turned back because they
weren't sure if there were other BF that might turn on them or some kind of flimsy excuse like that.
Remember these were not yuppies, these were hardened cowboys who could live in the saddle and had guns and were on horseback. You feel pretty
invincible in the woods with a set up like that, especially if there are two of you.
Therefore, I just can't take Patterson seriously. This is a guy who was almost desperate to have a sighting. Very little would have deterred him from
tracking a real creature to the ends of the Earth.
At the very least they would have resupplied and gotten reinforcements and proceeded to try and track the creature. Or one of them would have stayed
behind with the rifle and the other go back to get help or whatever needed.
They claim the creature went up a hill and they couldn't follow. That's nonsense. Horses can climb hills - you just dismount and lead the horse. Or
you take the gun and go on foot.
Also, you mentioned how she (Patty) doesn't react like an animal who has been startled. The truth is, she was startled as Patterson
recounts, she saw the men turning a corner on their horse.
I think it's unrealistic to take Patterson on his word especially for establishing a subtle characteristic like a startle response. When you see a
wild animal, one of great strength and size move in the wild, there are certain 'wild' movements, sudden movements, rippling of flesh (like a horse
shivvers) or something that give off this aura of alarm or fear or something. They would make at least momentary moves that a human could just not
duplicate, such as reverting to quadrupedal gait for a short period. I see nothing like this, not even a subtle hint of 'wildness'.
I'm not saying it's a 'deal killer', just that it's something that is obvious in its absence. Though people say 'a person couldn't walk like
that', a real 'wild' response would be something that a person in a suit could NOT do, such as jump 3 feet in the air and run in quadrupedal mode
for a short distance.
Though BF's hallmark is walking upright, they would definitely had access to a quadrepedal mode of gait, because this is much faster than running and
walking. An animal's body acts like a spring during all-fours running, making it inherently faster than an upright gait. BF would have kept this as
an emergency escape mode if nothing else.
There is one shot right after the famous 'white bottom of the foot' frame where it -looks- like Patty could have dropped to all fours (her glutes
become proinently visible) but it's disputed.
They must have looked like very tall animals to her. She is said to have stood up very quickly and started to back away in fear. This is all
before Patterson manages to take out his camera.
I'm sure you're well meaning in your belief, but I'd suggest it's too much to take on faith.
In a sense you're agreeing with the idea of a startle response, but you're saying 'trust Roger, it happened, but he didn't film it'.
The Bigfoot is expressing the same kind of annoyance with Patterson that wild animals do! Anyone who has encountered a bear might understand -
they act like this as well.
That's fine to think that but it's no a 'definitive' action. It's an interpretation of a look back over the shoulder, some might say an 'over
Though Patterson saved up enough money to go to Tibet in search of the creature, oddly he never organized a major exursion to go back to stake out
Bluff Creek, the site of the only known real sigting of a BF in the wild. Why is a mystery, but it casts some doubt that's hard to dismiss.