Living Dinosaurs in Texas

   Is it true that maybe, just maybe there are still dinosaurs alive today in parts of the world? It sounds kind of ridiculous to some but to others it is plain fact. Iv been interested in the living dinosaur phenomenon for some time but never really delved too deeply into it till recently. I started doing some web searches on the subject and have discovered a lot of interesting stories. We all know about the ropen in Papua New Guinea, and mokele-mbembe in the Congo, as well as the most famous of them all Miss Nessy herself in Scotland along with her many cousins taking up residents in so many other lakes around the world. Well Im not going to really dwell on all of these. My focus is more local, as in Texas where I live and most of my research is centered.

   I am going to make clear right now that none of theses stories are in any way my own research, and I am not going to write them out in my own words. These are stories that I found quite interesting researched and written by others and all I am going to do is copy the website links so anyone else who might find this subject interesting as well can easily find and read them.

   I hope y’all find these links as interesting as I did.

http://http://www.monsterislandnews.com/flyingdinosaurs.html

http://listverse.com/2014/04/16/10-bizarre-prehistoric-cryptid-sightings/

http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/quet.htm

http://www.nwcreation.net/dinosdragons.html

http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/2009/06/lindsay-selby-texas-lake-monster.html

http://paranormal.about.com/od/livingdinosaurs/a/Did-Pterosaurs-Survive-Extinction.htm

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-on-us-neodinosaurs.html

I hope ya’ll find these links and stories as interesting as I did. My thanks to the authors who did this research and wrote these articles. Gives me a few more things to go looking for.

Brandon Garrett

WHY PLAY HIDE AND SEEK

 

 

When it comes to trying to figure out why bigfoot type creature are so elusive things can get pretty complex and quite confusing. There are many different opinions and theories out there about it. Some make a lot of sense while others can be a little out there.

I have been asked many times about my thoughts on the subject so I am going to attempt to explain my thoughts here. I do not think it has anything to do with a conscious want to avoid humans but rather instead a subconscious need to do so, more like an instinct.

We are talking about something that lives in the wild as a wild animal does and is going to utilize the same terrain and environment that any other wild animal in the same environment would do and in the same respective way to survive.

Regardless of your personal beliefs about these creatures we call bigfoot and their origins there are several constants that need to be recognized in the reports.

1) They are always in or close to cover

2) They camouflage them selves very effectively blending in with the environment

3) They can move fast and quietly when they seem to want to do so

These characteristics are the same with many other animals living in the forests of the world as well as many of the indigenous people also inhabiting the forests of the world. These characteristics are methods to survive.

In prey animals you will see a general instinct to avoid the predator and in predators you see the general hunting instinct to stay hidden from the prey. The rabbit that avoids being eaten by the bobcat has the potential to live the longest and the bobcat that avoids detection by the rabbits it is hunting eats more rabbits raising its potential to survive longer as well. This is also true in human hunters as well, the same principles apply and the same natural instincts are involved. Many of techniques used are learned by the young and passed down or taught by the parent but the instinct to survive is always there.

 

Brandon Garrett           

The Opposing Perspectives

 

Who is right and who is wrong? Maybe both are right and both are wrong. What I can say for certain is when considering the arguments and often times down right fights over differing views when it comes to bigfoot. It would appear that there are as many opinions on the subject as there are people talking about the subject. Most often on certain social media sites and forums. 

The problem with this is not one of these people truly knows, it is all their own opinions based on their ideas and beliefs. In fact no one at this point truly knows.  There is nothing wrong with believing in any certain way, that is your own choice. The problem arises when people allow their personal beliefs to affect their evaluation of the evidence and then proceed to fight with others about it with the premise that I am right and you are wrong because I believe this way and you believe another way. 

The fact that one believes one way, whether it be a religious belief, a scientific based belief, a philosophic belief, or whatever should make no real difference in the end. The over all discussion needs to be based on what the evidence suggests to each person reviewing it with out any bias based on these personal beliefs. When there is a bias based on personal belief everything will tend to lean towards the supporting of that belief. It should not matter if each person agrees or not on what the evidence suggests to them because with no bias there would be much more collaboration of what the evidence suggests. With an open minded collaboration much more can be accomplished.

If we are to reach a goal that I think most are wanting to reach by what they claim by studying this subject then this would be a beneficial step in that direction. After all bias is eliminated and a careful examination done.

 

Brandon Garrett    

Some Thoughts on Sounds

Everybody knows the forest is full of sounds. What all of these sounds are and what is making them can be a question asked by some people. Most people who are well experienced in the outdoors can identify a great deal of the sounds that they hear. Fishermen, hunters, hikers, campers and so on hear a great deal of the forest sounds on a regular bases doing what they do and know from experience what is making a great deal of them, yet seldom all of them. Seldom if at all you will ever find a person, no matter what their experience or degree of education that can identify every sound they hear in the forest, especially at night.

The reason I bring this up is this. Familiarity is not always knowing and knowing is not always familiarity. There are animals that make some interesting and often unknown and seldom heard noises, such as foxes, deer, many birds, coyotes, and so forth.

In most cases and in most areas the strange sound being heard is probably a known animal. The sound may be one that is only made during a certain time as in a mating call during that animals perticular mating season or perhaps a distress call when the animal is hurt or whatever the case might be.

Now to the bigfoot.

It is important to listen to all of these sounds in the forest that you hear because bigfoot will often mimic a lot of them. We all know about the barred owl sounds and hoots, but the same goes for other birds and animals as well. Listen closely to every one. It is far too easy to disregard an owl or a coyote pack as just that. The key is to knowing the true sound made by the said animal and knowing the mimic. Often times it is hard to tell the difference and sometimes it is actually quite easy.

I have heard bigfoots communicating back and forth in a mimic of a bird before and would of thought nothing of it if it weren’t for the fact that it was night and the sound was was a diurnal bird. a little while later my suspicions were verified as one walked past my tent. Another time a friend and I were down in a slew at night looking foot prints in the mud. We heard what sounded like leopard frogs talking back and forth to each other, no big deal frogs do that. It wasn’t until I saw one step out from behind one tree then go behind another then follow us all the way out back to the road making the same sound as we walked along the river back out that I was certain that the bigfoot was making this frog sound.

I have on many occasions witnessed people totally ignore what is obviously a bigfoot mistaking it as a common animal and also just the opposite as well, mistaking the obviously bigfoot for a common animal. We all have done this, I have, You have, we all have. It happens all the time. That is why it is so important to pay close attention to every sound you hear because not all bigfoots mimic as well as others do and you can sometimes figure it out pretty easy if you know what to listen for. That comes with practice and experience.

Just my quick thoughts on this.

Brandon Garrett

A DEGREE OF UNDERSTANDING

Can we understand what is going through a creatures mind as it watches us? Can it understand what is going through our minds?

I have thought about this often and still have no clear answer to these questions though I feel there must be some sort of mutual understanding there, if not mixed with some confusion as well. I have to wonder if our body language is expressing a message to visiting observers at our camps at night. Do they understand the emotions that our body language is expressing or is it merely by our voices and words? Do they understand at all? Many will say that they do understand our language and can speak it themselves. I have no doubt that mimicry is possible but as far understanding and speaking I myself have doubts there. Many animals do communicate through body language as well as sounds, both verbal and nonverbal. I know from experience that what we call bigfoot does the same. Tree knocking, rock clacking. chatter, howling, woops, and so forth are all used in communication by some means. Now for something that I witnessed myself that I can only speculate on is hand gestures. I was camping in a research area with some members of my team when I heard a sound near camp. I reached for my night vision and looked in the direction of the sound as normal. Most often it turns out to be a common known animal, though mundane still fun to observe. This time it was a bigfoot that I was able to see standing there near camp. I watched it and slowly moved closer. It took a few steps closer to me as well then stopped, and moved back towards a tree. Got behind the tree and crouched down and began waving one arm up and down as if it was conveying a message to others of it kind. I can only speculate on the message being conveyed as get down before your seen. Though I could not see any others besides this one who I could see very clearly even crouched down behind the tree it stuck out from both sides because the tree was barely a third of the creatures own circumference, I have to speculate that there were others there that this one was communicating with using hand gestures. This was the first and only time I have witnessed such an action myself though I have heard other accounts from other witnesses of similar actions. Now I have to wonder if this gesture actually meant to them what it would mean to us. Was there another meaning to it that I am not understanding because I am looking at it through my own cultural understanding and from doing this missing the true meaning of such a gesture in their cultural understanding? The same way as in many human cultures what is conveyed as a friendly gesture to one is conveyed as an insult in another. These are things we have to take into consideration in the field studying these creatures. Though obviously very close to human in many respects they still do not live the same way we do. I hear too often people talking about them as if they wake up in the morning, take a shower, and go to work the same as us and then others talk about them being savage monsters out of a movie killing, raping, and destroying all in their path. To me from what I have observed personally I have to find some middle ground there. They are like us in many ways but they are not us at the same time. They may be humonesque in appearance and in some behaviors, maybe even in thought capacity as well, but as far as lifestyle goes there is a major difference there. Most of us live on foods bought at a grocery store not giving much thought to how they got there and where or even what they were before they got there. With them they have to hunt, kill, collect for themselves like any other wild animal. With that kind of lifestyle/culture there are going to be major differences to the way things are looked at and understood between them and us. We may never truly understand their communication but if there is a chance we one day can we are going to have to try to put ourselves into their world and understand it first. Theirs is different then ours by far. We need to stop thinking in the terms of our own culture, religions, likes and dislikes and attributing these to them. Instead we need to learn about, engulf ourselves, and try to survive in their world, the natural world, only then will we ever have a chance to possible understand them on a more common level and make sense of their communications and they ways.

Brandon Garrett

Just A Few Helpful Hints and Tricks I Have Learned Over the Years

I decided to put together a list of helpful tricks that I often use with good success while in the field. Iv been asked many times for advice on these subjects and decided I would put this together to help everyone out that might want to employ them. These are little tricks that I often employ myself and have found to be very effective.

Depending on your location and eco region not every thing I present here might work as effectively for you but that is another aspect that really needs to be taken into consideration as well. Each region is different in it’s ecology and biodiversity. This is a major consideration that is often ignored by people. What works in one location may not work in another, this I believe is due to the habitual differences, and with different habitats you have different animals adapted to them respectively.

1. The light versus dark debate-

Well it has been my experience that having light in the camp has drawn in more activity closer to the camp then if I keep it dark. If I keep a lantern on in the camp at night I have found that it seems to gain more attention towards the camp especially if other nearby camps are completely dark. I think this is probably because there is usually always human activity going on in the camp all night long. While some of the team is asleep some are also awake as well. Being a curious being they seem to be attracted to that activity and seem to know if there is light then there will be activity as well and they sometimes seem to gravitate towards our camp for this reason I suspect.

2. Flashlights-

Many people will say no flashlights at all because you need to be totally dark when walking out there at all times. Well I disagree about this for these reasons, first yes a red light is great to use to see where your going and it prevents your loss of night vision and should be employed most of the time, yet the periodic perimeter sweep of a bright white light can often times reveal animals that you never knew were there simply because your red light didn’t reach out far enough to see them and you could not hear them. It is a major misconception that you will hear animals walking around close to you. That is not all ways the case. There have been quite a few times when I or a member of my team have noticed a deer or other animal there that none of us had heard and otherwise may have never known was there if it were not for a sweep of the area with a flash light from time to time.

3. Being stealthy-

I have found the being stealthy in the woods is not always the way to go when hunting for bigfoot, yes if you are hunting for deer, hogs, or any other type of game then you don’t want to make much noise while stalking your prey but when it comes to hunting bigfoot then make some noise. You are hunting a predator with a high curiosity not a skittish prey animal. Your not going to scare them away as many people seem to think. You want them to know your there because again you are playing with their curiosity. Consider it like a mind game, your baiting them but instead of putting out tasty treats that they care nothing about you are the bait and that they want to see just as much as you want to see them. Yourself is always the best bait for bigfoot.  Noise is vital if you look at the reports its more often the campers or hikers or just regular people acting normal that have the best sightings and encounters. Yes many hunters do as well but these encounters are do to them coming up on them by accident most often. It is the people acting normal that most often have the best encounters and I have tried both approaches myself and have found that the normal actions have led to the most encounters. Stay alert to what is going on around you but make the appearance that your not and they will come much closer to you more often.

 

 

Can We Relate To Bigfoot

    I often wonder while scouting trails if there is any possible way we could actually relate to bigfoot on a psychological level. My guess is probably no. I would love to be able to do so but lifestyle differences itself shows it would be highly unlikely if not impossible.  We can take information gathered to make educated guesses as to certain behaviors, reactions, and sometimes anticipate movements with occasional somewhat accuracy, yet as for certainty there is no possible way. Us like many others researching little known species must rely as much on luck as on our collective knowledge. 

    In order for us to be able to fully relate to them we would have to live their life in their world from birth.  That being said, no matter what yours or mine woodland knowledge or experience has been it still is not enough. We can only work on speculation and luck at this point. There is nothing else.

    Personally I suspect they are very near to us on the human scale, most likely relic human ancestors that have survived without going extinct like science tells us they did. I could be wrong here but it makes the most sense to me at this point. So if we are to fully understand them and get into their brains we have to look at what is known about our human ancestors, what is known about ourselves, and what is known about living apes. This might seem disrespectful to some who believe they are humans and I mean no disrespect what so ever but the truth is human or not they still live primitively not modernly. This is something people have to understand. A ape lives in the wild and bigfoot lives in the wild. A ape lives and survives in the wild partially by living by what would be considered primitive means. Chimpanzees for instance live almost a hunter gatherer lifestyle. It could be in some ways considered very similar to the lifestyle many human ancestors are thought to have lived. I f you take what is known collectively by many bigfoot researchers and what is known about many ape species then there is an obvious parallel there.

    Us modern humans live in our apartments, houses and so forth, many of us still hunt game and even gather wild edibles when need be. The major difference here is we as a society rely more on cultivated plants and farm raised animals in most instances. Cultivation can be and ,rightfully has been considered the mother of culture and civilition. Yet that is our culture and civilization as modern humans, we can not mistake them for us. This is something I see too often. What we consider culture to us they may may not. This is something we have to take into consideration. We can not say they are uncivilized simply because they don’t live by our rules and on the flip side we can not say they are either simply because they resemble humans in appearance, partial behavior, and some ways intellect. This is simply not possible because we can not fully know their mind. All we can really do is speculate based on reports and if lucky enough then also observation,  unless one of us out there was raised  by them from birth and grew up in their ways. So far I have yet to find anyone of credibility who has done this.