6. It’s a common Sasquatch behavior to twist branches, push over trees, and configure branches and twigs in unique and complex ways. These structures are found in some of the most remote places of the forest, and they are quite impressive to say the least. Sometimes the Sasquatch will snap twigs in places located very high from the ground. Most of them are snapped or broken with a precision that bears and other animals are not capable of doing.
Some people have surmised that the structures are the natural falling of trees or branches, and this is certainly possible in some instances. A good many of them, however, show signs of deliberate skill and purposeful intention. They are much too complex and detailed to be seen as merely natural occurrences.
Others have argued that they are man-made structures (perhaps made by hunters), and this is a possibility too. But I find this to be unlikely in most cases because of where they are discovered (e.g., obscure and sometimes hidden regions within the very thick and dense forests of the Pacific Northwest). They are thought to be man-made because they show evidence of human skill. Some of them can’t just be explained as a natural occurrence or done by wild animals because these structures require the use of hands. But we know that the Sasquatch possess hands and they are able to employ them for use in diverse ways (e.g., catching fish, killing and ripping apart prey, throwing rocks, shaking trees, and picking berries).
As to why the creatures do this, it may be for territorial reasons; perhaps to signal or warn other Sasquatch groups in the area that this is their domain. Some of them may be temporary shelters from the rain, although several of the structures in the videos above appear too small to house a Sasquatch. I think they are also done, in part, to display their strength. The highly esteemed Bigfoot researcher, Dr. Henner Fahrenbach, during an interview on the subject in 2002, displayed a thick branch that a Sasquatch had twisted (as one would a wet bath towel) which would require an enormous level of brute strength. He said that many hours after the branch had been discovered, it still had the foul, musky stench that the Sasquatch are known to emit on its ends where it had grabbed onto.
7. It’s believed by some Sasquatch investigators that the creatures periodically kidnap humans. A good many Native American tribes have believed this very thing, and they have spoken of such occurrences in their oral traditions and stories. They believed the Sasquatch were a people, although different in ways than themselves. They were also careful to not venture out alone into the woods too far because the Sasquatch were known at times to kidnap their women and children. Native tribesmen seemed to have deeply respected these creatures, yet they were also fearful of them too.
When I first heard about such incidents many years ago, I took them with a grain of salt. It just sounded so highly improbable. Such accounts sounded like something you would read on the front page of the National Enquirer (“Wife Kidnapped by Bigfoot!”).
I’m not so certain I write off such a possibility now, although I’m not yet fully convinced of it either. Aside from Native American accounts, there are two well-known incidents of a Sasquatch kidnapping humans.
The first account is of a Canadian trapper known as Muchalat Harry, a Native of the Nootka tribe, who supposedly was picked up by a huge male Sasquatch while sleeping late at night and carried into the hills. He was eventually brought into a Sasquatch camp, and he was able to witness the creatures and their habits up-close. He said they were curious, but they did him no harm. He was able to finally flee from his captors and return home.
At first, he relayed nothing about what happened. After some time, he slowly began to share with others his strange ordeal. He never returned to the area he was kidnapped from to retrieve his camping and trapping gear. Harry, according to the account, never left the settlement at Nootka. The incident, if true, had a profound effect on him for the rest of his life. There are details in his story that provide insight known only to informed Sasquatch observers which suggests that Harry’s story might have really happened. Bigfoot researcher, Peter Byrne, has provided a detailed account of the event in his book, The Search for Bigfoot (1975).
The second account is the story of Albert Ostman, a Canadian prospector who was allegedly abducted by a Sasquatch and held captive for six days near the Toba Inlet in 1924. Ostman claimed to have been picked up by a huge Sasquatch late one night while still in his sleeping bag. He was carried for hours until he reached the den of a Sasquatch family. The creatures did him no harm, although they were very inquisitive about their new guest. He was able to finally escape by feeding the large male Sasquatch some snuff he carried with him (which did not take well to his digestive system), and running for hours until he found his way home.
Ostman did not tell his story for more than 24 years after it occurred for fear people would think he was crazy. He finally went public with his account in 1957 when he shared it with a local newspaper. He was interviewed at length by journalist and Bigfoot researcher, John Green, including a police magistrate who cross-examined him and was persuaded that Ostman was being truthful. Ostman also signed a Solemn Declaration stating that his story was true under oath and by virtue of the Canadian Evidence Act.
What I found most striking about Ostman’s account is that he relayed things about the Sasquatch that are true and would probably only be known by people who had actually encountered them. There’s nothing in the story that conflicts with known Bigfoot facts. Ostman provided even more intimate details about the creature to the late Bigfoot tracker, Rene Dehinden, in a book he co-authored with Don Hunter in 1973 (Sasquatch). Ostman’s story seems to have persuaded the former journalist and author, John Green, who I have found to be a careful and sober-minded Sasquatch investigator. Green sets forth his reasons in his book, Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us.
Both accounts are interesting and perhaps suggestive that the Sasquatch sometimes do abduct humans, but I’m not certain at this point that what Muchalat Harry and Albert Ostman relayed truly occurred. I don’t think anyone alive today can be sure of it.
Sasquatch investigator, author and former police officer, David Paulides, has presented an interesting case that the Sasquatch creatures routinely kidnap humans, particularly small children throughout the Pacific Northwest. They’ve apparently done so for many years, although it’s rarely publicly discussed. Paulides thinks that the rash of missing children throughout the nation may be the result of Sasquatch kidnappings (although he would not say that all or even most of them are due to the creatures). Many people, like myself, had never even heard of such things until recently. I’m admittedly skeptical of Paulides’ thesis, although I have not greatly delved into the subject nor do I have a command of all the direct and surrounding facts on such matters. I remain intellectually cautious but open to such possibilities.
Paulides has based his investigative conclusions on various lines of evidence, including the many disappearances that have occurred in our Pacific Northwest forests, the presence of certain patterns and regional clusters where they have occurred, and the fact that all Native tribes believed the creatures to be another tribe of people, and not wild animals or apes. He points out that Sasquatch kidnappings were commonly known occurrences among the indigenous Native tribes of North America.
Here’s an interesting presentation from David Paulides earlier this year: