Cryptozoology in my back yard

Bigfoot or Sasquatch, if you prefer, has always been an intriguing subject to me. As a child one of my friends told me she saw one peeking out behind an evergreen on her property up north. Whether a large, hairy primate exists in the woodlands or swamps of North America, I do not know, but it is fun to investigate the evidence.
Now I live in the area that was once up north and have been poking around various blogs and YouTube studying the evidence that’s out there. (Further confirming to my husband that I am, in fact, not normal. I suppose there wasn’t a question about that.) On the surface this is research for a novel I’m working on where the main character is an amateur cryptozoologist. But in reality, it’s fun or procrastination –whichever term you prefer.
Strangely, sightings and encounters are reported from all over Michigan, but there is a strange silence for my county.  My county is perfectly squatchy. There are many acres of national forest that aren’t bisected by major roads and which are filled with all kinds of wildlife. Coyotes, foxes, and even bears have been sighted. What better place for Sasquatches to hunt and frollick. But the major research organizations have nothing.
There are also many hunters and outdoorsmen in the area who are familiar with the woods and what animals might inhabit it. Surely they would have run across a large, hairy creature at some point? Or a footprint or a wood knock or a strange howl?
Perhaps, this just confirms how elusive and shy Bigfoot is. He can remain well-hidden in a place perfect for his habitation. Or that he doesn’t exist at all.
Through some searching, though, I discovered that Bigfoot has indeed been sighted in the county. A woman reported that she feeds a family of at least ten blueberry bagels frequently. Well, no wonder they haven’t been seen anywhere else. They are hanging out at her place for the bagels and cream cheese.
This doesn’t mean I won’t keep my eyes open while running in the national forest.
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SAHM writing romance with at a case of the giggles. Former librarian. Avid reader. Runner.
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12 Responses to Cryptozoology in my back yard

  1. duffybrown says:

    Lucky you to be living in such a lovely area…Bigfoot and all. The most I get around here are deer eating my roses.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    I’ve long been fascinated by the legendary creatures — whether they be “sea monsters”, yeti, or spiders the size of pizza pans. Going all the way back to the early 1960s, I eagerly sought out books and articles — not nearly as many back then, BTW — on these and other topics which seem to be largely ignored by the mainstream investigators.
    That’s always bugged me. I’m not saying they do positively exist… but I definitely feel more investigation is warranted in order to find out. Whereas the mainstream media and mainstream ‘science’ seems to take the view that I’m an idiot if I believe in the possibility.
    Well, there are actual known entities which could have been viewed as the “sea serpents” of old. And the giant apes we now know to exist were (less than 100 yrs ago) still thought to be a myth.
    Don’t get me started about Nessie.
    So, do some Sasquatch cousins exist somewhere in the world in remote areas? I say, why not. Let’s find out. And let’s see if we can study it without exterminating it!

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I wondered how you decided on a Bigfoot story! You’re not that far north from here and yet I’d never heard that he’s been sighted in Michigan. I guess anything can happen in those forests. I sure wouldn’t run alone!

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    • Joselyn says:

      There are actually a lot of sightings and stories around the Gaylord area. Also in Oakland and Wayne counties, which I’m not sure what to make of.

      I had been watching Finding Bigfoot and then my husband made a comment about watching for them while we were driving through the U. P. (He doesn’t think they exist.) But I was in need of a more fun story to write and so I started working on that.

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      • Patricia Kiyono says:

        In Oakland and Wayne Counties? Hard to believe he’d want to settle in the Detroit area. Of course, there’s no telling what resides on that side of the state…

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      • Joselyn says:

        Maybe he likes all the vacant houses in Detroit. Shelter, not a lot of neighbors… not sure about food sources though.

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  4. How interesting to live in a place where there have been sightings

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    • Joselyn says:

      I try to keep my eyes open when I’m running on the trails, but I also don’t want to fall on my face. And I don’t carry a camera, so… I wouldn’t have very good proof if I did see anything.

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  5. I have to admit that I am inclined to believe in these creatures…too many people over too many years have claimed to see them in too many places.There are supposedly a type here in KY, although I am nowhere near the wilderness they would require…and I’m not going looking. One thing that I have learned as I get older, listen and experience is:If people have always said that something is true, there is some truth in it.
    I am looking forward to your story!

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