posted on Mar, 25 2012 @ 09:20 PM
This weekend I went to visit some friends to talk about work on a project called the Shimmering Eggbeater. While I was there I got to talking to some
people about their research project. It seems that these folks have been traveling to West Virginia to look for bigfoot. There have been a number of
recent sightings and these guys have been doing what they called fencing. They walk barbed wire fence lines looking for hair samples. They put
anything they find on the fences that cannot be quickly recognized into sample bags. They bring these home and try to determine what has been found.
They find lots of things mainly deer and some bear. But there are some samples they haven't classified yet. They are not making any claims about the
samples, but there are some big smiles at times. I could not figure out if they were pulling my leg or not.
They claim that these undetermined samples as they called them are getting easier to locate. They think that something is happening.
So I asked them with the enormous size of the state of West Virginia how they could possibly hope to find anything. Where to start? It's like finding
a needle in haystack isn't it?
So they gave me some insight into their technique. First, they head for areas where there are recent sightings. They also have some records of
previous sightings, but they prefer to work in areas that are "hot" as they put it. Second, they check on mountain bikers. The bikers often talk
about bear encounters. These guys think that increased bear encounters are due to bears being forced out of their regular territories by ecological
So they go into areas where there are recent bigfoot reports. If these areas also report recent bear encounters they look for fence lines and follow
them looking for evidence of hair.
This search had netted them a number of bear samples and a few undetermined samples.
What interested me was that they report a sizable upswing in finds beginning this past winter. They suggest a number of possibilities including a mild
winter, but they also suggest that the bigfoot they would like to find might be on the move or staking out a larger than normal territory.
Has anyone else heard about anything like this?