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We asked author Christopher Noël, to provide some resources to help give context to the two hours of interview we did with him.

Eric: What’s the best piece of evidence?

Christopher Noël: Though many genuine photos and video clips now exist, he best remains the 1967 Patterson film. By all rights, the Sasquatch issue should have been put to bed decades ago just based on this footage alone. The problem is a cognitive one: most viewers’ only experience of seeing an upright-walking primate is of seeing human beings; therefore, at the sight of the figure in the Patterson film, they reflexively think, “That must be a human wearing a suit.” Most people are content to leave the matter there rather than looking into the case more deeply and acutely. Any open-minded assessment of the footage will accomplish two things: 1. it will quickly rule out the possibility of a suit (such a realistic suit could not be fabricated even today, much less in 1967), and 2. it will allow for striking and decisive differences to emerge between the anatomy and locomotion of the figure and those of our own species. For what I consider to be the most convincing video analyses, go here.

Eric: Why do we not find their bodies or bones?

Christopher Noël: All large mammals tend to “go off to die,” and then the scavengers, insects, and microbes do the rest in short order. Wildlife biologists who study bears, for example, can spend their whole careers in the field and never come across a bear carcass or even a skeleton. And although thousands of Sasquatch exist in North America, there are probably at least one hundred bears for every Sasquatch. Furthermore, Sasquatch simply could not have been so overwhelmingly successful at what they do, avoiding discovery century after century, unless they were highly sensitive to our presence and our curiosity. Therefore, it is very likely that they “take care” of their dead, either through burial or through dispersal and or consumption of the bodies.

Eric: Why do people find it so hard to believe that Sasquatch exists?

Christopher Noël: Part of the reason is that the subject has been aggressively clouded by hoaxers and skeptics who wish to cast serious researchers in a negative light or to make a buck by fooling people.

Aside from this problem, the issue comes down to two possibilities, which are in fact the only two:

  1. Either they don’t exist, in which case each one of the tens of thousands of eyewitness accounts of encounters and sightings over the past two centuries is false, as is the accumulated cultural wisdom of the Native American groups, the vast majority of which simply accept Sasquatch as a real fellow being, or else…
  2. They do exist, and if they do exist, they can only have survived alongside our species without being killed off or dominated (or even generally believed in) by being far more elusive than we are equipped to comprehend. The nearly flawless evasiveness of such a large creature makes the very idea of their existence seems so irrational to so many.

To put it mildly, this second possibility, though it happens to be the truth, nevertheless requires the mind to stretch beyond its accustomed conception of the forest and its inhabitants. This stretch leads some to seek an explanation in the mystical or supernatural realm, while others go in the opposite direction, into a sophisticated naturalism, an enhanced version of basic camouflage; I dare you to watch this on YouTube and not have your own concept of camouflage revolutionized.

I prefer a third type of explanation. Though yes, Sasquatch are perfectly evolved for their niche and able to blend into their surroundings with breathtaking mastery, their concealment and avoidance strategies must also go well beyond such visibility tricks.

In my view, the secret to their success has to lie in a cluster of inborn traits, the most important of which being cognition, their way of thinking. My new book explores this explanation in detail.

Christopher Noël provided these additional resources.

Some of the best videos, other than the Patterson film:

  • “Big Red”: footage obtained in Ontario in September of 2013. Here is the original raw footage and here is some follow-up analysis.
  • Two pieces of thermal footage. Thermal cameras detect heat rather than light, picking up a figure’s “heat signature.”
  • The Michael Greene thermal footage, obtained in North Carolina on April 28, 2009. The camera was left (by itself) about fifty feet from the tree stump. At one point, you can see the Sasquatch reach for the stump—he or she is grabbing a candy bar left there by the researcher. This location is what is known as a habituation site, placed with which members of this primate species have become familiar and tend to return to regularly, though almost always at night, remaining hidden by day. To learn about habituation sites through multiple first-person testimonials, see Our Life with Bigfoot: Knowing our Next of Kin at Habituation Sites.
  • The Woodpile Sasquatch thermal footage, obtained by me in East Texas on November 15, 2009. The context is explained in the video.
  • The “Lettuce Lake” footage, obtained by a man named Matt in Florida in late January of 2015. Here is the original raw footage. And here is some analysis. While canoeing in a swamp outside of Tampa, Florida, the witness spotted something walking and diving in a gator-infested area. He starting filming what he thought was a bear. It is clearly no bear and it does not move anything like a person.

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