Michigan Bigfoot report and data

I am posting a face book page dedicated to my personal friend and fellow researcher. His name is Val and  he posts daily reports of Bigfoot activity from all over. He has had a Bigfoot sighting himself a few years back. And when I interviewed him he had mentioned that this sighting was a ” Life changing event”.  So let me introduce my friend.

My Introduction
Hello, my name is Val, and this my introduction: I am the Gumshoguy. I am not a Bigfoot expert friends. I am a Bigfoot data-miner and researcher though. Some people mine for gold and other precious metals. Me, I mine for information and details. I am a data-miner.
I have one largest active Michigan Bigfoot databases in Michigan with over 1,560 reports from as early as 1700 to present. It is my hope and wish to preserve it for the ages in a book in the near future. Let me start by saying thank you for allowing me to join you in fellowship and your friendship. I treasure that more than gold. I personally thank you for the invite. I am here to here to network, share and exchange ideas and to simply offer my own encounter to share.
This is my Introduction you. First of all, thank you for joining us with your friendship. I am not a Bigfoot expert friends, if you’re looking for expert there are plenty Bigfoot experts just go ask them. Michigan Bigfoot Report and Data: Gumshoguy’s Corner is a Bigfoot Sasquatch and cryptid FB group site. My friend and partner to this group site is Dave Dominque. He comes with an unmatched credentials and impressive background, but I’ll let him share that if he wishes. Personally, I have as many have noticed this (my group site)is primarily a Michigan dedicated group, but I like diversity and all are welcome and invited from the Bigfoot community too. I retired in 2012 and brought my skills and experience to bear from my professional career to this topic subject with a new found passion.
My Personal Encounter
On a hot humid Michigan day, July 2014 I had my own encounter that shook me to my core and seared itself into my memory forever. I am not a Bigfoot expert nor am I a Bigfoot Researcher but I am a data miner. I am an eight-year retired law enforcement officer and a formerly licensed private investigator. I worked with federal, state, county and city agencies. I graduated Central Michigan University in Michigan. I served honorably in the military and retired in good standing. I don’t sell books, t-shirts, tickets or my grandmothers socks either. I’m not here to pull anyone’s chain. Nobody has ever paid me a dime to speak about Bigfoots. I do it because it is my passion. I go out on hikes with my friends from across southeast Michigan who are Bigfoot researchers and enjoy the camaraderie. Some people mine for gold and other precious metals. Me, I mine for information and details. I am a data-miner. I have one largest active Michigan Bigfoot databases in Michigan with over 1,560 reports from as early as 1700 to present with over 116 datapoints. It is my hope and wish to preserve it for the ages in a book in the near future. It is my goal to encourage others report their sightings and encounters.

Bigfoot Culture and Belief of Sasquatch in the United States
The word ‘Sasquatch’ itself comes from the word “Sesquac”, which in the Halkomelem language of the Coast Salish Indians means “wild man”. The Coast Salish Indians originally lived in the Fraser Valley and other parts of the American northwest, including parts of Canada.
However, the concept of an ape-like man is prevalent in Native American legends across the entire North American Continent, and even in native populations around the world.
In total, the Native American tribes of North America have more than sixty different names for Sasquatch. The word ‘Bigfoot’ was coined in the late 1950s by the media when a man discovered large footprints in the mud near Bluff Creek in northern California. While the prints were disclosed to be a hoax in the early 21st century, the term stuck, and gave rise to the modern belief, interpretation and quest for Bigfoot.
Experts estimate that there are around 2,000-6,000 Bigfoots within the United States and Canada (excluding Hawaii).
Note: For the record these are not my estimates..
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Open for discussion

Do You Believe the Hair of Bigfoot Sasquatches Changes White with Winter? Why Doesn’t Our Hair Change with Winter?

When Bigfoot takes to water

When Bigfoot Takes to the Water
Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern, September 26, 2019
When the matter of Bigfoot surfaces, we almost always think of large, lumbering creatures roaming deep in the heart of ancient forests. There are, however, a number of cases on record in which the Bigfoot creatures have been seen swimming in the waters of lakes and rivers. And, it seems, they may very well be quite skilled swimmers, too. The North American Wood Ape Conservancy say: “Swimming must be examined alongside the terrestrial gait of the wood ape since it appears to be an important means of locomotion throughout the range of this species in North America, especially on the west coast. Circumstantial evidence, such as reports of the presence of wood apes on small islands off the coast of British Columbia, has suggested they swim. Observations of wood apes actually swimming have confirmed this.”
Lisa Shiel, who has had personal interactions with Bigfoot, has uncovered an example of Bigfoot in the water from the 19th century. She outlines the story: “In the 1830s, reports emerged from the area around Fish Lake, Indiana, of a four-foot-tall ‘wild child’ loitering in the vicinity – and swimming in the lake.” Shiel continues: “In another incident that took place in September 1967, a fisherman casting his net on the delta of the Nooksack River in Washington State felt something tug on his net. A moment later something began dragging his net upstream. When he shined his flashlight at the thief, he saw a hairy hominid in the river hauling in the net.”
Bears swim. Why not Bigfoot?
A third case comes from the people who run the website, Today in Bigfoot History! They state: “William Drexler’s campsite overlooked Phantom Ship Island. He had just finished his sausage and egg breakfast and was smoking his morning pipe, just looking out over Crater Lake. That is when he noticed something moving on Phantom Ship Island.” For those who may be wondering, Phantom Ship Island is a small, craggy island on Crater Lake that takes its name from its “ghost-ship”-like appearance, which is particularly noticeable when the mist hovers low and thick. The story continues: “Drexler got out his binoculars. It took him a minute or two before he was able to get a good bead on the moving figure. What Drexler saw was a brownish grey Bigfoot, obviously soaking wet, stretching out on some rocks near the water’s edge. The creature was luxuriated. Drexler watched the creature for awhile lounge in the sun. Then after a bit the Bigfoot climbed to the other side of the island and Drexler lost sight of it.”
One of the most fascinating examples originated near Ketchikan, Alaska, at some point around the turn of the 1960s. It was a story provided to the investigator, John Green. The story had a bit of a “friend of a friend” aspect to it, but that makes it no less fascinating. It revolved around a young boy named Errol, who, on one particular night, was out fishing with his father, when his flashlight illuminated something terrifying standing in the water: a large, humanoid creature, but one which was clearly not human, staring intently at him. Not surprisingly, the boy screamed at the top of his lungs and fled for his life. A posse of men came running, just in time to illuminate the dark waters with their flashlights, and who saw to their astonishment the huge beast dive into the water and start swimming “like a frog,” before vanishing from view, as it plunged ever deeper into the depths. In moments, it was gone – demonstrating its skills as a powerful, fast swimmer.
Can Bigfoot do the backstroke?
There have been sightings of swimming Bigfoot in Texas, too. Rob Riggs, who deeply studied reports of the creatures in and around the Big Thicket are of the Lone Star State, told of one particularly notable case of a watery Sasquatch: “John’s family home is on the edge of the Trinity River swamps near Dayton. One night he heard a disturbance on the porch where he kept a pen of rabbits. He investigated just in time to see a large, dark form make off with rabbit in hand. John impulsively followed in hot pursuit, staying close enough to hear the rabbit squeal continuously.” John was able to close in on the creature, and to a point where he witnessed something amazing occur, as Riggs reveals: “Standing on the high bank in the moonlight he watched dumb-struck as what looked like a huge ape-like animal swam to the other side of the river, easily negotiating the strong current, and never letting go of the rabbit.”
In March 2007, the “Goldie E.” family told of swimming Bigfoot around Trinidad, California. Rather bizarrely, the creatures were reportedly seen swimming alongside sea-lions, as they negotiated the waters from Trinidad Head Rock to Flat Iron Rock! The biting, cold waters apparently affected the Bigfoot not a bit.
Source: Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern, September 26, 2019, https://mysteriousuniverse.org/…/when-bigfoot-takes-to…/
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Bigfoot Extraordinary Abilities

What Are Some Bigfoot Extraordinary Abilities? Could There Be an industrial, scientific, medicinal, or military purpose for Bigfoots?
Could it be that extraordinary natural abilities possessed by Bigfoot be one the many reasons why it is taboo and not acknowledged by mainstream government and science? That is, the ability to harness and generate infra-sound or ultra-sound naturally at will. Personally, I am of the opinion that when Bigfoot is finally proven to exist, it will be shown to be a creature of unique and remarkable but completely natural binary abilities. Some of the capabilities Bigfoot seems to possess are infrared vision into the and infrasound and or ultrasound, giving a natural capacity for echo-location that rivals global point satellite GPS? Would any of Bigfoot abilities have relevance or serve an industrial, scientific, medicinal, or military purpose? Would there be a market to harness and profit margin involved in such amazing breakthroughs if that were the case and who would d to benefit? Why do you think they are working so hard to keep this all a myth? And what advantages someone could yield with these new found abilities!!

Possible Bigfoot break in in Mecosta

An individual from the Mecosta area sent to us a story of what could be a Bigfoot break in in the Mecosta area. We are trying to get more details as to what exactly happened, and I will update this story when details become available.

I am wanting to contact someone about an event that is not explainable .

This takes place at a private residence in the Big Rapids, Michigan area.
This happened about a month ago.
I have pictures of what I am about to relate
I have contacted one other Group, thought someone would come to check it out? As far as I know they have never contacted me back after our conversation?
This is about a woman that was sleeping and was woke up by a lot of noise like wood breaking and other noise, house shook and there was a big bang noise, then slience.
She waited what she said was just a few minutes before going to turn on her yard light, when she did she seen something that she assumed was a Deer going over the bank that goes down about a 100′ at a 60 degree angle. She had thought that the trees in her yard had fell because of the breaking wood sounds she had heard, but see saw that the trees were still standing. So she went back to bed.
When morning came and she went outside to find her 8’x10′ shed that is over her well pit had been broken into. She had some bird seed and suet cakes and yard tools and things that one puts in a utility building.
She saw the door was open and there was things from inside out on the lawn. She looked things over and see that some of the suet cakes had been opened and other bird seed spilled around. Also it broke a window in the door and has what looks like Blood !!! It was not on the window before this event. She assumed that it was a Bear and told my friend about it, he called me and told me about it.
As he told me the story something just did not seem right so I asked if he thought she would mind if I went and had a look at the site.
So I went and checked it out.
What I found was NOT what I expected !!!
I don’t want to have to type all of this out to explain it.
Would rather have you message me for more information.
What I found was that it WAS NOT A BEAR !! Even though the DNR said it was??!! Again it WAS NOT A BEAR!!!
I know this because there is not a Claw or Tooth mark anywhere on the building!!??? I saw this as soon as I got out of my truck and was walking up to the building!!?
This is a pristine building, there are NO marks ANYWHERE on the building.!!
I will send one picture of the damage, I have more. This is the corner that took the most damage it is over 8-1/2′ high.
This corner, like the other three, was picked up and then set down on the things that are trapped there. They are mashed in there and can’t be moved??
This building was OVER built, sheeted inside and out, roof also with 1/2′ OSB, roof strapped down to the sidewalls with a steel roof and is insulated. It was not fastened to the slab because it was heavy enough that it would never move….. so he thought!!
Again I have more to the story.
What ever it was started with the roof to get into it!!!!!
If interested message me and I would like to talk about the rest of this.
This is a RUSH letter as I was waiting on the other group and now time is running out on a chance to inspect it . I can only put them off on starting repairs until Monday the 21st. So I would really like someone to look at it, you can NOT get the full effect by the photos !!
This photo shows the most damage, but again the whole roof was ripped just about off. Had it not been built the way it was, the roof would have been ripped off.!!!!
PLEASE contact me, come and inspect before Monday !!
It will be worth the trip to see, I promise !!!
Waiting to hear,
Val Zavala and 1 other



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    Good photos any more? I see blood spatters below and a sign “Don’t Wake the Bear” I want to look some of the photos of those long marks above shed wall and roof at the eve. That is whit aluminum and it oxidizes in weather meaning you touch white color…

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  • Anyone nearby and able to check this get as many blood and hair samples as possible while looking for tracks! I’d love to go see this one!
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A likely BigFoot encounter near West Branch, Mich in 1957.


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  • There is a lot of sightings in that area all around within a 30 mile radius my friend has a cabin not too far from there and him and his sister both saw an 8 foot call Squach He tried to report it to the BFRO but they did not report it just to let you  

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Diseases and Bigfoot

Disease and Bigfoots
A blessing or curse? Consider this Bigfoots live difficult lives. It has been said that Bigfoots posses this superhuman healing ability. So, somebody aptly suggest that Sasquatches may have a host of diseases and parasites that we probably do not want to share or play host to if we were to know the truth. In the interest of disclosure as far as that goes I know little about their medicine, remedies or healing goes. I never seen any evidence to support that tp know differently. If I had it doesn’t stand out with me right now. On the other hand, scabies, eczema, dermatitis and other skin conditions have been observed as well as parasites and even mange. What I do recall are few reports of authorities responding to Bigfoot Sasquatch sense dressed fully suited in Hazmat regalia. We can only surmise Bigfoots are intelligent to understand that humans are carrier of viruses and diseases for which they have no inoculation against or antibodies to protect them. As far as anyone knows the reason that they avoid such close contact with us is because our diseases could kill them. Ever watch a documentary on gorillas in the wild? Even the native guides wear a mask, so The gorillas don’t potentially get sick. Another thing to consider is they could potentially suffer from Simian Herpes Simplex, which is far as I know has 100% mortality if contracted by a human. In the warm months, they are quite miserable, there are places here where they will spend quite a bit of time submerged up to their necks in the water in order to combat parasites, heat and mosquitoes. They will lather themselves in mud and Spanish moss in order to keep cool and to keep insects away, 
and abate mosquitos as well. It has also been noted by us that they typically will not wade in water that they cannot see through In order to avoid damaging the feet as best as we can surmise. They know that we are dangerous, they are very well aware of what firearms are, especially rifles or shotguns. It could also be argued that possibly in some cases Sasquatch violent, homicidal attacks on humans could actually be considered a preemptive strike, because of the level of danger that we carry with us, especially when we are present in numbers.
As to whether or not they occasionally kill humans out of a hunger drive or predatory behavior I personally believe that it’s foolish to think that they would not do such a thing if pressed, if driven, or if extremely convenient or in instances of territoriality. It is pretty apparent that they share many of the same food resources as bear. A predatory male (boar) black bear is the most dangerous animal in the woods statistically, And there are studies that support this, Even in regions where brown bear, grizzly, or black bear share habitat. If Sasquatch is in direct competition against different species of bear, it would be extremely inefficient for them to turn their nose up at an easy meal depending on the circumstances. Having said that, I would add that if and when Sasquatch do kill humans, which I believe that they do at least occasionally, I believe the behavior is driven by something more than hunger. In many cases, if we had an owls I view of what transpired, I believe we would see that a human made a fatal error, ignore a series of escalating warnings or did something else stupid, at least some of the time at best. We should always be afraid of any predator more powerful than ourselves. Regardless of species.
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Dogs and their relationship with Bigfoot

Either adversarial or companion, the two sides of Sasquatch and dogs do seem symbiotic if not complex but that’s our interpretation and I’ll admit that is far as we know or understand about them manly because there is still little known about them. Of about 1,400 reports from a North American perspective the U. S. and Canada cases specific to carcasses that I’ve looked at easily show a vast majority of man’s best friend take the brunt of Bigfoot’s often fickle behavior.

Dogs are territorial and ferociously loyal to a fault and they will defend, or attempt to defend their (family) meaning, man, woman or child with their life and many have died demonstrating their unbridled willingness to defend their family or companion. In my opinion Sasquatches view dogs as an annoyance and a direct threat to their infant babies second only to bears and they will destroy them if needed. Black bears are a favorite staple of Sasquatches and dogs are eaten but, Sasquatches show no tolerance for bears and kill them and eat as opposed to dogs who they can tolerate them but do not kill them to eat as often as other animals. There have been a few instances where Sasquatches have been observed in the company of dogs or wolves too either as pets or for companionship.

Like dogs, Sasquatch will easily dispatch wolves if they threaten or harm their offspring.


Below are example illustrations of Dog and Sasquatch interactions:

Dogs left outside barking and carrying on all night, owners found their dog had bottom jaw ripped off and ribs crushed

My dog was found dead and it looked like some nasty creature killed her

Witnesses see BF and dog grappling before it flees up a ridge in pitch darkness

Dogs shake in fear as whatever made the noises walked by their tent with heavy footfalls

Aggressive Bigfoot run off by village dogs

Family dog found in driveway apparently beaten with bloodied nose and chest

Nervous excited dog fell asleep only after night time screams end

Bigfoot attacks chained dogs

BF tracks found by front door and hide of dog pulled off

Dog hides under porch in fright upon approach of Bigfoot

Dog dragged a deerskin out from the woods turned inside out as one would skin a rabbit

Dog sledder sees a tall shadow figure move very quickly and smoothly between trees while watching the dogs

Dog sniffs around abandoned barn refusing to enter

Sasquatch was enough to scare and ruin his coon dogs out of the woods

Dog found dead in his wire enclosure, had impression of a large animal having “caved” in the wire

Dog not acting typical when suddenly a tree falls across trail

Dogs so frightened they wanted to return to their kennel and hide

Dog found pulled apart

Dog suddenly flew through the air as if kicked right back the way he had come

Dogs found with crushed skulls

Found all three dogs cowering on the back porch as close to the door as they could get when BF approached

A dozen dogs had been beaten, bitten and scratched by Sasquatch(es)

Frightened dog hiding under porch

Family dog was ripped from chain and missing

Dog was torn apart by “something” and a good number of dogs have gone missing from town

Bigfoot attacked dog tossing it 20 feet in the air

Bigfoot charged screaming at my coon dogs while flailing its arms

Sasquatch creature observed fighting with some dogs in the woods

Dog going crazy by strange happenings around the property and woods

Sasquatch picked up dog in fight

Dog prints with blood all around with dog missing

Dog refused to come out of its house and had its paws over its eyes and whined upon approach of Bigfoot

Outside dogs barked loudly, growled madly, then within a few minutes they were whining and trying to hide

Sasquatch seen pulling apart dog kennel

Dog chases Bigfoot into woods never seen or head from again

Dogs strangled to death by Sasquatch

Dog found in a tree impaled on a tree branch

Dog was beaten, not pawed, not clawed, but beaten

Dog teams outside begin barking as something tries to enter the house

Dog cowered and shook

Dog so frightened they would not leave their kennel

“Dog tracks” were found in association with Sasquatch tracks

My dog and step Dad’s dog and neighbors’s dogs came up missing all within a period of a month

Dog hiding under the porch refusing to come out for a month after Bigfoot attack

Coon dogs refused to hunt in the woods since Bigfoot encounter

Dog leaped through glass picture window from fright during approach of Bigfoot

Evidence appears to show the pair —Sasquatch and dog—were traveling together

Native lore, the Sasquatch and coyote are closely connected

Homeowner heard Bigfoot smack his German Shepard dog fright and passivity

Police said 40- to 50-pound bulldog was attacked inside of its own backyard

Saw a big ape-like creature standing and it was extremely big, and it tried to grab my dog

Police say a dog was killed by what seems to be a large predator

Bigfoot was flecked with blood from the dead dog it carried under its arm

Heard sounds of a baby Bigfoot, and a large noise like a protective mother Bigfoot “hitting” my dog

Heard sounds of dogs yipping in pain like they were being attacked

Missing watch dog found with his neck was broken and severely torn up

Heard dogs chasing a bipedal creature through woods and discovers dogs disemboweled

Sees a 6 foot Bigfoot fighting with dogs

Several occasions his dogs would refuse to go in certain areas of woods

Something or someone was unsuccessfully trying to remove the metal screw clamp which secured the Malamute to his leash

Something their coon hounds had treed was tearing the dogs into like tissue paper

Dog found 14 feet up in the crotch of a pinion pine tree with a neck snapped, no teeth marks found

Sheepherder sees her two dogs biting at the heels of a big “hairy man

Bigfoot seen fighting with dog

My dog has been kicked by something and knocked out for a few seconds

Dogs immediately charge Bigfoot at doorway and sees Bigfoot fleeing the yard

Bigfoot hunters have two of their dogs disappear never seen again

In a village near La Peer, nearly all the dogs died in one night

Hunter’s dog laid down on its belly blocking his way from walking toward BF

Cleveland County 911 was called about BF trying to take his dogs, and man wanted permission to kill the animal if it approached

Dog sled dogs attacked

Dog sled dogs attacked

Dog took about three steps out the door and then backed into the house

Pet dog found stomped on and crushed in flower bed by tracks 16 inches

Woman screamed at Sasquatch when it was seen reaching down to take her dog

Bigfoot picked up garbage cans and was throwing them at the dogs

Bigfoot throws lawn chairs at dog cages

Heard a loud yell that sounded like someone yelling HEY!! HEEEEEEEEY!!!! at our dogs

Bigfoot was jumping from tree to tree to avoid dogs

Two small house dogs give chase to BF then come back yelping and scratching door to be let it

Dogs react aggressively at first, then run and hide a few moments later upon approach of Bigfoot

Horseback rider was thrown to the ground, dog ran away for home, and one horse fainted at sight of Bigfoot

6-foot ape attacked and mauled my two dogs

Hunters sent a dog after Sasquatch and later found the dog torn almost in two

Hunters found their dead hounds shortly after they followed and chasing something

Hunter observed a Sasquatch eating a coyote

Sasquatch seen carrying dead hound dog by the tail

Police reported the mysterious monster has a particular aversion to dogs

Coon hunters say a Sasquatch beat their coon dogs

Dog had been torn up in the road and had its leg off and neck bitten open

Our long time family dogs, were found dead with their backs broken

Pitbull on a chain outside had her leg broken and was strangled

Coon hunter seen his coon dog flying over the corn and running away with the others right behind

A dead dog was thrown at hunters from a woodline standing a field

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Bigfoot Behavior

Bigfoot Behavior
Henry Moon, a professional guide back in the 1980’s once told us, “Bigfoot cannot be trusted; they are opportunists who steal whatever they can; they do not understand shame and they think everything should be shared.” If true, it probably explains why we have reports of them Big Ones running off with a hunter’s killIt may occasionally explain missing persons.
“In ancient times my mother’s mother and her people traded with their kind, but no more. The stealing caused terrible hostilities between us for too many years in the past. It is well that we now respect the territory of the yah-yahaas4a and leave them alone; in return they do not steal from us anymore, they watch and observe us! We don’t see them very often, their men have become few; and those few left are scattered into small family groups; they have become wild in their natural habits; their people live like the bear in summer and in caves in the cold months.”
Source: Posted to the Henry Franzoni’s Teleport Conference, The IVBC, August 1, 1996, by Christopher Murphy http://www.bigfootencounters.com/sbs/pulaskicounty.htm
Source: The defacto Sasquatch, Bobbie Short, p28
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Where is the evidence?

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Bigfoot has left behind plenty of evidence in the form of huge footprints showing dermal ridges, hairs that are from an unknown creature, scat, DNA evidence, and of course, all the sightings. Possible Bigfoot beds and shelters have been found in the woods, along with broken, twisted tree branches that are too high up for humans to reach. Horrible, ear-piercing howls have been heard that cannot be identified.
Source: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 By Sandra Maisel, Alive Magazine
My Note: I love his article.When All the actuaries are in, when the numbers and all data is amassed, clearly for a man who relied on his instincts for years as a true guiding virtue, this is a true observation. I would say the scales of believability and fabrication were tipped in favor of truth under the weight of preponderance of evidence.