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In July , a group of miners reportedly waged a battle with a gang of enraged "mountain gorillas" while prospecting a claim near Mount St. One of the miners had shot a 'squatch earlier in the day somehow the body disappeared, of course , and apparently his relatives came looking for payback. The Portland Oregonian reported that the prospectors held their ground while "the animals bombarded the cabin where the men were stopping with showers of rocks. Crew, a bulldozer operator, had been clearing a road through a forest in the remote Bluff Creek Valley, a few miles north of the Klamath River.

For weeks he and his coworkers had found inch-long, seven-inch-wide prints every morning in the freshly graded dirt. The Associated Press picked up the story and sent it out on the national wire, noting that Crew's fellow construction crew members had coined a new nickname for Sasquatch: But then things began to go awry. In terms of scientific credibility, Jerry Crew wasn't exactly Louis Leakey. When you came right down to it, all he held in his arms was an absence of dirt.

Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin had met on the rodeo circuit. Both were fair-to-middling riders who scratched out a living around Yakima, Washington. In October , Patterson heard that fresh tracks had been found near the site of Jerry Crew's original discovery at Bluff Creek.

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He and Gimlin loaded their horses into a truck and road-tripped to northern California. A week or so into their search they found what they were looking for. You know the clip. Late-sixties Kodachrome color scheme. The director of a primate research center in Oregon was troubled by the appearance of hair on the animal's breasts, and a naturalist at the British Columbia Provincial Museum thought the crested skull was all wrong.

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But the most crushing blow came from John Napier, a well-known author on early man and director of the Smithsonian Institution's primate biology program. After padding his Patterson's crusade was cut short when he died, nearly broke, of Hodgkin's disease in , but he bestowed upon his creature an eternal afterlife of controversy, feverish speculation, and kitsch, from hyperventilating episodes of In Search Of Even the Patterson skeptics have their own dubious lore. One of the most pervasive theories is that Patterson colluded with Planet of the Apes makeup artist John Chambers.

There are logical flaws, though: The Bigfoot in Patterson's film subsequently dubbed "Patty" looks nothing like a simian Roddy McDowall, and one wonders why the makeup artist would hook up with a nickel-and-dime horse tender. Chambers periodically denied the story, but the tale lives on.

Not long before he died, I interviewed him at his home on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, where he retired after three decades as a professor of anthropology at Washington State University in Pullman. He sat in his chair, smoking like he was competing to see how fast he could empty the pack. The doctors had told him he had terminal pancreatic cancer, so what the hell. Now I want to prove it exists before I die. He'd seen my kind. I'd misquote him, paint him the fool. He'd already been through the wringer: Yet he did it anyway.

It was Cripplefoot that convinced him. In the late fall of , Rene Dahinden, John Green, and other Bigfoot hunters descended on Bossburg, Washington, an old mining town on the Columbia River about 15 miles south of the Canadian border. Locals had reported a Sasquatch leaving unusual prints just outside the city limits.

Krantz drove out to Bossburg a skeptic. After retracing the tracks at the site, the professor brought a cast pair back to his lab. The inch left foot appeared normal, but the right foot curved like a C and displayed enormous bunions and splayed toes. Applying what he knew about primate feet, the dynamics of weight distribution, leverage, and load arms, Krantz calculated the necessary position of an pound ape's ankle, heel, and toe base, and compared that to the measurements of the track.

Gigantopithecus is no fiction; its bones are part of the fossil record. He spent much of the next 20 years working out the details of a Sasquatch's day-to-day existence. Once in, he was in big. With a bow and arrow they're gonna bring down a Sasquatch. When we can't do it with a goddamn gun! Helens in , among other incidents.

Even more than his belief in the existence of Bigfoot, Krantz's conviction that it was acceptable to shoot a Sasquatch attracted vehement criticism. Discussing the issue, Krantz seemed motivated more by manly admiration for the ape's prowess than by specimen lust. You want to make sure it's dead.

Being dead never hurt anybody. It struck others, including most members of the BFRO, as an unsporting method of specimen collection. But Krantz had an arm's-length relationship with the BFRO anyway; he contributed his expert opinions from time to time, but he was not a member. Even after inspecting the Skookum Cast three times, his opinion of it was tempered by a cranky ambivalence.

Skulls of all shapes and sizes stared out from the walls: Prehuman skulls Australopithecus , Homo erectus , Neanderthal occupied their own gallery. More than 70 Sasquatch footprint casts lined the opposite wall. He thought he had a prime place, didn't want anyone else to investigate. Once it's been awarded, the scientists will take over.

In his will, he gave his footprints, files, and books to his successor, Jeffrey Meldrum, a year-old associate professor of anthropology at Idaho State University. The bones his wife kept to sell and make some money.

In April, Meldrum backed a van up to Krantz's garage, packed the stuff up, and drove it home to Pocatello, Idaho. Over the last six years, with Krantz less active in Bigfoot hunting, Meldrum has become the anchor keeping this fringe science from drifting into farce. A charming guy with a cop mustache and a brown moptop, Meldrum made his scientific reputation in by discovering, with Duke University physical anthropologist Richard Kay, a previously unknown and long-extinct species of South American primate based on million-year-old teeth unearthed in central Colombia.

In , an editor at the science journal Cryptozoology asked him to review an obscure book called Bigfoot of the Blues , a nonfiction account of a Sasquatch tromping around the Blue Mountains near Walla Walla, Washington. Meldrum drove to Walla Walla and met the book's main character, an old 'squatch hunter named Paul Freeman, who led him to a fresh set of tracks.

How convenient , thought Meldrum, relishing the chance to debunk the mystery.

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Both humans and apes have only two phalanges, or segments, in their big toes and thumbs, and three in the rest. See this small toe? There's one, two, three phalanges.

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But look at the length of that. The foot is only about 15 inches, yet the small toe is as long as my pinkie finger. What that tells you is that this foot would have a grasping ability as good as my hand. Some he tossed as obvious hoaxes. Others contained impossible-to-fake signs of veracity. He started to recognize identical prints found years apart.

When you look at the shape, proportions, and relative positions of the toes, they're from the same guy. I say guy because it looks like a big male. Why isn't there a single damn skull? The failure to produce a body is, of course, the most powerful ammo deployed by critics of belief in Bigfoot. Citing that failure, Michael Shermer, who debunks pseudoscience professionally as the editor of Skeptic magazine and as a columnist for Scientific American , barely registers Sasquatch on his radar anymore.

After years of anecdotes, stories, sightings, and footprints, it's time to cough up the body or forget it. To name a new species, we need to have a complete type specimen. But they've got nothing. It's at the top of the food chain, so death most likely comes from natural causes. When an animal is ill or feeble, it'll hide somewhere safe, which makes it more difficult to find any remains. Scavengers strip the carcass and scatter the bones. Rodents chew up what's left for the calcium. Soil in the Northwest is acidic, which is conducive to plant fossilization but not to bones.

During his tenure review a few years ago, some colleagues looked askance at his Sasquatch work. In fact, it'll confirm what some of us suspect, which is that descendants of Miocene-period apes populate every northern continent. We're bouncing down a logging road in the Gifford Pinchot outback, shining a huge spotlight into the woods, still looking for Bigfoot. During this time, Sigurdson spent a great deal of time in warmer months along the edges of marshland, fishing, riding his Shetland pony through the fields, building tree forts, as well as exploring deeper into the forest of towering Douglas firs, oaks, and madrona trees.

Several pioneer tales about "wild men" were still circulating through word of mouth among locals whose families had settled the area, carving farmland out of forests that had once extended all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Summer vacations were spent in the high Cascades near Mt.

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Jefferson for several weeks per year. Tree knocks, sonorous calls, and other phenomena associated with sasquatch activity were common to the area. Sigurdson began telling stories about a "hairy lady" that visited the campground where his family camped every summer. Some years later, he took to reading voraciously about forest giants, digesting the works of Peter Byrne and John Green by the age of twelve.

After graduating from high school, Sigurdson attended a college that was located on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi river. At this time, "Moth Man" sightings were so prevalent that the mayor of a nearby town declared the creature an officially protected species, much like the Skamania County ordinance that protected sasquatches in Washington State. Sigurdson later attended New York University, where he earned a Master's degree in English literature. After writing a trilogy of novels while living in Manhattan's East Village and playing drums in rock bands, Sigurdson returned to Oregon.

As research, he ventured dozens and dozens of times into sasquatch "hot spots" for overnighters, often with friends who shared some very unique experiences. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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OGRE's campaign, funded in part by marijuana cultivation, hits a roadblock when forest giants bigfoot are discovered living in the ancient old growth forest. The end result is both poignant and tragic. Kultus touches upon the universal nature of love, sentience, and the sustainability of resources in a world burdened with an ever-growing human population.

Television personality, Cliff Barackman, calls this novel, "The riveting story of a metaphoric tug-of-war between lawyers, timber companies, land owners, hippies, and one young girl. Outside of these warring interests are the sasquatches whose ultimate fate depends on the outcome of the human wrangling. Its social commentary about non-human intelligence is at once captivating, and also chilling. Read more Read less. Prime Book Box for Kids. Sponsored products related to this item What's this?

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl. A fast-paced romp through history, dubbed "breathtaking" by the Huffington Post, in which humankind's greed for money and power is viciously exposed.

A novel set in a neoliberal dystopia. About the Author Kirk Edward Sigurdson was raised in a ranch house bordering a large tract of forest above the Willamette River. Kultus; First edition November 27, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Please try again later. As editor of BigfootLunchClub. Many times the fiction books can fall short. This book is the exception.

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It is a satisfying page-turner that is hard to put down. Kirk Sigurdson is a professional novelist and it shows with every line, page, and chapter. The overall story arc is a riveting ride, relying on many Sasquatch scenarios familiar to the Bigfoot community. The strength of this novel is it will appeal to anybody who loves a mystery and is willing to meet interesting characters. This novel stands on its own as great fiction, it just happens to have a Bigfoot--and this Bigfoot is like no other.

Time will bear this out. I've read hundreds of novels during my time on earth, and this one is up there near the top for the power of its story, the power of its craft, and the way it builds tension. I finished it in a few days' time.

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Frankly, I wasn't expecting so much from an unknown writer. Kultus puts most fiction written by well known career authors to shame.

One person found this helpful. Kirk Sigurdson has given us a very good book. He has woven his knowledge of the Sasquatch and his awareness of our own human frailty into a very interesting story. When we learn more about one type of 'upright walking mammal', we learn more about the other. Hopefully, this book will reach people interested in a very good novel who will also begin to open their eyes to the mysteries all around us.