Monday, May 23, 2011

Common Misconceptions: The End of the Mystery?

When you're an advocate for the existence of the sasquatch as a real species, and you're an active field researcher who openly discusses the subject with the public, you answer a lot of the same questions and hear the same comments over and over again; seemingly ad infinitum. There are a few comments that I hear nearly every time that I discuss the subject with interested (but uninformed) people that I would like to address in a series of articles called "Common Misconceptions".

This common misconception is related to the aftermath of the official recognition of sasquatches, and the usefulness and relevance of amateur field researchers.  

Common Misconception: "Once bigfoots are proven to exist, the mystery will be over. Amateur field researchers like you will become obsolete."

Here lies the mystery?

I predict that this statement is absolutely false. The mystery of whether or not they exist dramatically pales in comparison to the mysteries of how they exist: the ways that they interact with their environment, their population, their distribution, their strategies for survival, their ability to avoid detection, etc.

Our goal is not only to validate the existence of sasquatches, but to thoroughly understand their ecology. The BFRO is the only nationwide organization of amateur field researchers that have been collecting and investigating observation reports across the continent for years, and has the largest database related to sasquatch observations and encounters (other than the work of certain individual researchers, like John Green). No law enforcement branch, nor media outlet, nor academic institution has come close to collecting this amount of data pertaining to these animals.

This collective of researchers already has a strong understanding of at least some aspects of their ecology, distribution, and history. The BFRO is constantly honing its methodologies of locating and documenting resident sasquatches in various parts of the country. Once we can demonstrate a perfected version of this methodology, interested institutions will certainly come to the BFRO (and other independent researchers) for information and answers about these animals, once it's obvious that they inhabit portions of the continent.

Sighting Density Map via History Channel

Understanding their distribution across the continent will take a very long time, as there will be no single event or piece of evidence that proves to the world that sasquatches occupy a good deal of the continent. Rather, it will be a wealth of evidence and footages from across the continent that eventually tip the scales for the aforementioned institutions. Sasquatch data and evidence always come in small pieces, and usually infrequently, due to the nature of these animals. 

Our widespread efforts across the continent have helped the data come in at a faster rate, but that rate will remain constant even after major institutions become involved. Even as we understand sasquatches and their ecology to a greater degree, they won't be any easier to predict, locate, pursue, or document. The BFRO will always have an important role in the study of these animals. That role will be emphasized to a greater degree once the animals are recognized, due to the public's inevitable overwhelming interest in them.

It will take many decades of study and generations of researchers to fully understand these animals. Sasquatches will remain one of nature's greatest mysteries, even after they are officially recognized.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed Matt, it will only be the tip of the iceberg.... I'm looking forward to entering that phase of the process.