Monday, August 03, 2015

Alaska's 'Hairy Man'

There have been many stories concerning the 'Hairy Man' in Alaska...especially in the southwest part of the state. More specifically, the Yukon River Delta and Kenai Peninsula areas.

Recently, The History Channel started airing 'Missing in Alaska' which explores the mysterious 'Alaska Triangle.' The show is promoted as:

The Alaska Triangle, a region in northwest Alaska, has more unsolved missing person cases than anywhere else in the world. Over 20,000 people have vanished in the past 50 years alone. Who or what’s behind these cases is unknown. Some believe it’s the work of local predators or simply the rugged, dangerous terrain, but legends thrive in Alaska, and the ominous history of disappearances in the area has drawn comparisons to the Bermuda Triangle. Working together with local experts and eyewitnesses, our team of investigators will go case-by-case to gather evidence, conduct tests, examine history and explore local myths to determine the most viable explanation for the disappearances, all while trying to understand the sinister mystery that is the Alaska Triangle.

In the investigative group includes a former undercover police officer, a local folklorist and my colleague, fortean researcher / cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard

Missing in Alaska - Hunted by the Hairy Man

BTW...Ken Gerhard will be joining Sean and I on Arcane Radio - Monday August 10th at 10PM ET / 7PM PT

The following articles and posts reference the 'Hairy Man' and other Bigfoot legends of Alaska:

Dana Kopanuk and his nephew were setnetting for whitefish on the Tarperrnaq River on a fall afternoon in 2011 when he said he saw the Hairy Man.

Kopanuk tells the story at his kitchen table in Bethel. He illustrates it with a pencil drawing he made of the area where they saw the Hairy Man.

The two were approaching their net when they saw someone walking through the willows on the bank. Kopanuk says the willows and brush would have been taller than he was, but this creature that looked like a man could easily see over the top of foilage. Kopanuk first registered it as a person -- until he saw that this creature was larger, hairier, and not wearing clothes.

Kopanuk said this creature didn't act like a person.

"If he were from camp, he would wait for us," Kopanuk said.

The two fishermen watched the creature for about 10 minutes until they moved along the river and the creature moved out of sight. While watching, it was difficult to comprehend what they saw, but Kopanuk said when they discussed it later, they decided it must have been Hairy Man.

Many witnesses leave their name off their account, not wanting to be tied to these strange encounters.

"I say my name and I believe what I see," Kopanuk said.

Kopanuk says he doesn't have theories about the creature he said he saw.

"I don't know where they live. I don't know how they survive," he said.

Despite the sighting, Kopanuk said he wasn't scared when he saw the Hairy Man because the creature isn't known to try to hurt people. To him, the story is simple.

"I saw what I saw," he said. "I'm not trying to defend it or anything."

At the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge office, large-game biologist Spencer Rearden isn't buying it.

"As a biologist," Rearden said, "Hairy Man does not exist."

Rearden grew up in Bethel. He studies moose and caribou, and says he doesn't need to believe in Hairy Man because these animals are fascinating on their own.

"They're more interesting. I know they're there. I see them." Rearden said.

Rearden says it would take a lot of hard evidence to change his mind.

"We would have to have hair samples. We would see footprints, possibly photographs and video," he said.

Margaret Nagasiak said she may have found that evidence pressed into the tundra.

She shows the picture of a print that she found when she was picking berries with a few family members. She says the photo shows a clear outline of toes, as part of a footprint larger than an average human foot.

"It felt like someone was watching us, but we looked around and we didn't see anybody," she said.

That feeling was a clue for the group to leave. They also noticed another harbinger of the Hairy Man's presence.

"It had some kind of stink smell," Nagasiak said.

Eyewitnesses say they're just sharing what they saw, despite a measure of skepticism from others.

"He's out there somewhere," Nagasiak said. "We just can't find him." - Locals in Bethel Report 'Hairy Man' Sightings


Is there a Bigfoot on Alaska’s North Slope? One Barrow family thinks so, and it has them worried about a remote cabin property they own about 35 miles south of America’s northernmost community.

Sarah Skin has been camping at the cabin every year for the last half-century. In the last three years, she and her family say they've repeatedly seen 10-foot tall, bipedal creatures that are black, brown or grayish in color. Skin said that they've seen the creatures three years running, each time in the fall when the family heads to the cabin to hunt for caribou.

Before that, she’d never seen anything like the Bigfoot, as she refers to the mysterious beasts, anywhere near her cabin, located about halfway between Barrow and the community of Atqasuk.

“People from a long time ago used to see them, I guess,” Skin said. “I’m 50 years old and I've been camping out here my whole life, and I've never seen anything like this, ever.” - alaskadispatch

As the previous article states (through the link) there is a tradition of hairy hominids in Alaska...including the following:

Nantiinaq: Half Man, Half Beast - Malania Helen Kehl, Nanwalek’s eldest resident, is frequently called upon around the village to impart her memories of how life used to be on this southern-most tip of the Kenai Peninsula.

Among her remembrances are medicines used to heal the sick and ways of preserving sea lion meat in barrels for winter. She also is one of the last to tell the ghostly story of how the village of Port Chatham came to be deserted; why the abandoned town was shunned, and those who once lived there vowed never to return.

Malania was born Jan. 25, 1934 at Port Chatham, then a small village founded at the edge of a peaceful moorage. The village once offered shelter for many people, including Capt. Nathaniel Portlock’s ship on his 1786 Alaska expedition. But when Malania was a baby, the family abruptly moved away from Chatham, leaving the house and every board of its frame behind.

What frightening situation caused John and Helen Romanoff to take their children and flee to Nanwalek?

“We left our houses and the school, and started all new here,” Malania said in a recent interview, speaking in her traditional Sugt’stun through translator Sally Ash. “There was plentiful land here for gardening and people. My parents built a house on the beach.”

What had frightened Malania’s parents hadn’t been a single event. Over a “long period of time,” a nantiinaq (Nan-te-nuk) – or big hairy creature – was reportedly terrorizing villagers. And Malania also told of the spirit of a woman dressed in draping black clothes that would come out of the cliffs.

“Her dress was so long she would drag it,” Malania said. “She had a very white face and would disappear back into the cliffs.”

The goose-bumped terror felt when people encountered these spirits was nothing compared to what happened to Malania’s godfather, Andrew Kamluck. He was logging in 1931, when someone or something hit him over the head with a piece of log-moving equipment. The blow reportedly killed him instantly.

Malania isn’t the only one to tell of strange events at Port Chatham. Port Graham Elder, Simeon Kvasnikoff, said he remembers when nantiinaq was blamed for the disappearance of a gold miner.

“This one guy over there had a little place where he was digging for gold,” Kvasnikoff said. “He went up there one time and never came back. No one found any sign of him.”

Another story recounted the experience of a sawmill owner named Tom Larsen, who had a job cutting wood for the old fish traps. He told of spotting nantiinaq on the beach once. After going back to his house to get his gun, he returned to the beach and “the thing looked at him,” Kvasnikoff said. For some reason, Larsen decided against firing a shot.

In an April 15, 1973 issue of the Anchorage Daily News, a feature article told of the abandoned cannery town of Portlock near Port Chatham. The writer had learned the story during an evening spent with the school teacher and his wife at English Bay (Nanwalek) while on a boat trip.

The story is told:

“Portlock began its existence sometime after the turn of the century as a cannery town. In 1921, a post office was established there, and for a time the residents, mostly natives of Russian-Aleut mix, lived in peace with their picturesque mountain-and-sea setting.”

According to the ADN story, sometime in the beginning years of World War II, rumors began to seep along the Kenai Peninsula that things were not right in Portlock. Men from the cannery town would reportedly go up into the hills to hunt Dall sheep and bear, and never return. Worse yet, sometimes stories would circulate about mutilated bodies that were swept down into the lagoon, torn and dismembered in a way that bears could not, or would not, do.

“Tales were told of villagers tracking moose over soft ground. They would find giant, man-like tracks over 18 inches in length closing upon those of the moose, the signs of a short struggle where the grass had been matted down, then only the deep tracks of the manlike animal departing toward the high, fog-shrouded mountains …”
The article goes on to tell how the fed-up townfolk decided to move en masse, and by 1950, the U.S. Post office had closed there.

Even into more recent times, nantiinaq reports haven’t stopped entirely. A man who prefers to remain anonymous tells his story.

“In 1990, while I was working as a paramedic in Anchorage, we got called out on an alarm for a man having a heart attack at the state jail in Eagle River. He was a Native man in his 70s, and after I got him stabilized with IVs, O2 and cardiac drugs, my partner and I began to transport him to the Native Hospital in Anchorage.”

En route to the hospital, the paramedic and the Native man, an “Aleut” from Port Graham, talked about hunting. The paramedic had been to Dog Fish Bay and was once weathered in there.

“This old man sat up on the gurney and grabbed me by the front of my shirt. He got right up to my face and said, ‘Did it bother you?’ Well, with that question, the hair just stood up on the back of my head. I said, ‘Yes.’ “Did you see it?” was his next question. I said “No. ..Did you see it?” He said “No, but my brother seen it. It chased him.”

In August of 1973, Ed and two others were bowhunting for goats and black bear when a storm forced them to take shelter in Dogfish Bay Lagoon.

“We beached our skiff and let the tide run her dry. After a dinner of broiled salmon we turned in to our tent. Back in those days, the best tent I had was a dark green canvas job with a center pole and no windows or floor. We left the fire burning and cleaned the pots and pans so as not to attract bears during the night and turned in,” Ed wrote.

The sky was clear, but the wind was howling through the old growth timber that lined the shore. Sometime around 2 a.m., Dennis woke Ed after hearing what sounded like footsteps outside the tent. It wasn’t a bear. Ed said the walking – or rather creeping – continued until it half circled the tent.

“In August, there is still some light in the sky until about 10 or 11. I recall that we all were embarrassed about being afraid about the coming night. We had a flashlight and the rifle in the tent between us, locked and loaded. I finally dosed off but woke right up when Dennis squeezed my leg. The illuminated hands of my watch showed it was 2:30. Joe was already sitting up and had the rifle in hand. I heard the first step, not more than about 10 feet from the back of the tent. Slowly. Then another and another. Whatever this was, it sounded like it was walking on two feet. It made the same semi-circle around the tent. When we finally got enough courage to crawl out of the tent and turn the flashlight on, we saw nothing. No tracks, nothing. The third night we decided if it bothered us again, we would come out of the tent shooting. We were actually scared. It never came back the third night and the following day we had a break in the weather and got the heck out of there.”

Though Sasquatches became something of a popular phenomenon in the 1960s and ‘70s in the Lower 48, the nantiinaq in Sugt’stun culture has been around for a long time. According to the culture, he might be a different kind of creature, a tragic half-man, half-beast who wasn’t always in this condition. He perhaps used to be fully human.

Elder Nick Tanape said he doesn’t discredit the stories about nantiinaq, but says he’s never seen one.

“I think there’s something to them,” he said.

Malania said that, once her family moved to Nanwalek, the nantiinaq stayed far away and left them in peace. It didn’t follow them, and for that they were grateful. She grew up, raised 13 children and remains one of the few regional elders who can pass on the old traditions.

Malania – a favorite among the young people of Nanwalek, especially when she tells stories – learned many things from her grandmother, who was a traditional healer.


Alaskan Cryptid: The 'Hairy Man'

The Urayuli or “Hairy Man” is a famous Cryptid located in Southwest Alaska. It has several other names, such as Arulataq, Bushman, Big Man, Tent Monster, Nant’ina, and Woodsman.

The Urayuli, as described, stands about 6 to 10 feet tall and is covered with shaggy, coarse hair or fur of approximately 2 to 4 inches long. It has glowing eyes and is said to look somewhat like the extinct primates. Its arms are elongated enough that the creature can reach its ankles.

The Urayuli lives in the wide tundra areas near Lake Iliamna. This quick and agile Alaskan Cryptid is oftentimes seen traveling at night and is a fast swimmer. It is often blamed for stealing fish and dogs, as well as destroying the tents of nearby campers. Many people from that particular region have their stories of encounters with the creature.

In 1956, a fisherman spotted the Urayuli as he was anchoring his fishing boat on the beach at night. A biologist from Ketchikan had later found and took a photograph of huge human-like footprints on the same beach.

In 1982, in the city of Dillingham, a hunting guide showed a picture that he had taken of the Urayuli standing on a mountain ridge. It had an approximate height of 10 feet and a weight of around 750 pounds, with long reddish brown fur.

In July of 1999, along the banks of the Kiseralik River in Alaska, a group was able to take a photo of a pair of huge wedge-shaped footprints that they had noticed in the mud. The footprints were estimated to be about 12 to 14 inches long and 3 inches deep, and were approximated to be at least 6 feet apart.

In the same year, a black-haired huge creature was seen standing on two legs in the Cold Bay of Belkofski. It stood about 14 feet tall and had the appearance of an Ape, with very long arms and legs.

Legendary accounts say that children who go out of the house at night get lost in the woods and are transformed into the Urayuli. Perhaps, this tale was told to children so they would be afraid to go out at night and stay at home instead.

Encounters with the Urayuli are mostly harmless and undisruptive. But, like any other beings or creatures, it will surely defend itself if it feels that its life is being threatened. - travelinalaska


The Delta Discovery reports on very interesting real-life encounters between the native people and the 'Big Hairy Man.' Here is one of the narratives:

Some years ago, my brother Allen and I went moose hunting up the Tuluksak River during one weekend in late September, when moose hunting used to be 30 days long. We brought along Mitchell, a friend who worked at the Bethel Hospital as a licensed practical nurse.

It took most of a day to get way up the Tuluksak River in a 40 hp short shaft and jon boat and we camped pretty close to the Kilbucks. The next morning, we heard a bull grunting upriver inside a feeder stream, so my hunting partners went to go check on it while I went off in the opposite way, a little downstream from our camp. My brother said they could hear the bull grunt and rake brush occasionally, and despite their best efforts to coax him out, it did not show himself.

I myself had stopped on the edge of a clearing on top of high ground and hid myself in brush to watch the river and clearing for animals. Some time later, I saw something walking across the clearing but it was walking upright like a human. I first thought it was an animal, either a moose or a bear, but as it came closer, I couldn’t really figure out what it was. I saw the upper part of the body – head and shoulders – above the tall grass, and when it reached high ground it walked with a side-to-side sway of the body, like a person does when climbing a hill.

Then I thought it might be another hunter – but as far as we knew, we were the only ones in the area and we didn’t see any other hunters or camps below us. The odd thing about this “person” was that it had reddish hair all over, and the morning sun glistened off its head and shoulders. It was a couple hundred yards away or more.

Then Mitchell or my brother broke a dry stick while walking down to camp. The noise of the breaking stick was loud during the calm sunny morning and it carried far. The man-beast suddenly straightened up and froze, looking in the direction of the noise. A few moments later, it side-stepped slowly toward a couple spruce trees about 18-20 feet away and stopped between them, standing still. It watched for a long time for the source of the noise.

I also watched the animal for a time. The hairy man never moved. After a while, I realized this was not an animal that I knew and I began to feel a little uncomfortable about it, so I slipped out of my hiding place and walked quietly back to camp.

When I told my brother I’d seen some kind of animal, he got excited that I might’ve seen a moose instead. We all went to check the spot where I saw the creature but it wasn’t there anymore.

In fact, we saw nothing more during our hunt so we headed back to Bethel before dark set in, since we all had to go back to work the next day.

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Daily 2 Cents: S.F. Bay Area Quake 'any day now' -- Is the Scape Ore Swamp Monster Back? -- Abduction / Possible Implant / OBEs

S.F. Bay Area Quake 'any day now'

The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning is expected to produce a major earthquake “any day now” and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said.

The 2:41 a.m. earthquake on the border of Fremont and Union City occurred on the Hayward Fault at a depth of 5 miles. The epicenter was at a spot just north of the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard.

The quake caused some BART delays early Tuesday while work crews checked the tracks, but appears to have caused no major damage. At least 13 smaller quakes or aftershocks had been reported near the same location as of 6:42 a.m., the largest of which was a 2.7-magnitude at 2:56 a.m.

While damage from the quake was minimal, scientists warn that a much larger one is expected on the Hayward Fault, which extends from San Pablo Bay in the north to Fremont in the south and passes through heavily populated areas including Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward and Fremont.

The last big earthquake on the fault, estimated to have a 6.8-magnitude, occurred in 1868, according to the USGS.

It killed about 30 people and caused extensive property damage in the Bay Area, particularly in the city of Hayward, from which the fault derives its name. Until the larger 1906 earthquake, it was widely referred to as the “Great San Francisco Earthquake.”

“The population is now 100 times bigger in the East Bay, so we have many more people that will be impacted,” said Tom Brocher, a research geophysicist with the USGS.

“We keep a close eye on the Hayward Fault because it does sit in the heart of the Bay Area and when we do get a big earthquake on it, it’s going to have a big impact on the entire Bay Area,” Brocher said.

While a 2008 report put the probability of a 6.7-magnitude or larger earthquake on the Hayward-Rodgers Creek Fault system over the next 30 years at 31 percent, Brocher said the reality is a major quake is expected on the fault “any day now.”

“The past five major earthquakes on the fault have been about 140 years apart, and now we’re 147 years from that 1868 earthquake, so we definitely feel that could happen any time,” Brocher said.

Brocher urged residents to take steps to prepare for a major earthquake.

The USGS shake map shows residents in the areas close to Fremont and Union City experienced light shaking in Tuesday morning’s event, while weaker shaking might have been felt in areas as far south as Santa Cruz, up the Peninsula and as far east as Livermore.

Residents throughout the Bay Area reported feeling the quake, with responses concentrated in the East and South Bay, according to the USGS.

Brocher said Tuesday morning’s 4.0 earthquake was not likely to have much of an impact one way or the other on the likelihood of a major earthquake occurring on the same fault. - USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’


Is the Scape Ore Swamp Monster Back?

(Honestly...the supposed image of this 'lizard man' is hilarious. Click the link at the end of the post. Lon)

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- The fabled Bishopville swamp creature known as Lizard Man appears to have surfaced again Sunday afternoon.

Sarah, a Sumter woman who says she went to church with a friend Sunday morning, stepped out of the sanctuary to see the Lizard Man running along the tree line.

So she did what anyone else would do -- took a picture with her phone.

"My hand to God, I am not making this up," she wrote in an email to the ABC News 4 newsroom. "So excited!"

She says they were just a mile or so from Scape Ore Swamp, the site of a similar spotting of what may also be the Lizard Man in May.

A man who asked not to be identified submitted a short video of what he thought was the Lizard Man Monday morning. He said he took the video in May while coon hunting but kept its existence quiet -- until he saw the reports of Lizard Man outside a church.

"I saw your lizard man story and it's given me the courage to send you a video I took in early May," the man wrote. "Though my wife believes me that it's real, she said she would be embarrassed that everyone would think I was a loon so I kept it a secret."

The man said he took the video in Scape Ore Swamp just off Camden Highway in Bishopville.

In the 20-second video, the photographer ducks behind a tree as a dark figure with what appears to be a long tail walks by some 30 or 40 yards away.

The video stops as the figure appears to turn towards the camera.

"If you're wondering I absolutely believe it's real. I also don't know if it's the same thing you posted," he added. "When it noticed me I high tailed it out."

Scape Ore Swamp is the area where most of the Lizard Man sightings over the last 30 years have been focused.

Yes, there is quite a lot of local lore surrounding the reptilian humanoid, including the first sighting in the summer of 1988.

Known as the Davis sighting for the witness Christopher Davis, it starts with then-17-year-old Davis stopping on a road bordering the Scape Ore Swamp to change a flat tire at 2 a.m.

He heard noises, turned to see a 7-foot beast charging at him, so he ran for the safety of his car. The Lizard Man jumped on the roof as Davis tried to drive away.

There were scratch marks on the roof and one of the side mirror had been damaged.

And the legend was born.

There have been plaster casts of the mythical beast's claw. There have been million-dollar rewards to capture the Lizard Man alive.

Since the first sightings in the late 1980s, the Lizard Man sightings have trailed off.

One of the last alleged encounter with the Lizard Man came in 2011 when a Bishopville couple reported their car had been mauled overnight.

There were teeth marks in in the metal and saliva coating several discarded parts.

Still, there have been searches by Destination Truth and Mysteries at the Museum as recently as 2013. In a 2014 episode of Ancient Aliens, the Lizard Man was mentioned.

The tales have been documented in a cryptozoology book titled "Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster."

But the creature has not been seen in more than a decade -- until now, possibly creating yet another ripple in the swampy waters around Bishopville. - Has Bishopville's 'lizard man' returned? New video surfaces in case

Read Lyle Blackburn's fascinating book --> Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster


Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Bronx

NEW YORK—Forty-six people in the South Bronx were infected with Legionnaires’ disease as of Thursday afternoon, July 30, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference. Two have died.

The two New Yorkers who passed away with Legionnaires’ disease were both in their 50s.

Both also had multiple illnesses such as lung disease and heart disease, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett said at the press conference Thursday.

Ordinarily, Legionnaires’ disease, which got its name in 1976 when an outbreak occurred during a American Legion conference in Philadelphia, is treatable if detected early. Nine of the 46 infected have been treated and discharged. Most healthy people aren’t at risk. The majority of cases have affected people in the South Bronx neighborhoods of High Bridge–Morrisania and Hunts Point–Mott Haven.

“I want to reiterate, most New Yorkers are not at risk,” Bassett said. “This is a very treatable disease.” Read more at Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in South Bronx Raises Water Quality Questions: What You Need to Know


Florida Tourism Worker Attacked By Gator

A worker at a Central Florida tourist attraction was reportedly attacked by an alligator while on the job last week.

Sergio Hernandez, 46, was bitten by the gator while removing hyacinths from a pond on Tuesday at Forever Florida, a zipline and "eco-tourism attraction" in St. Cloud. According to Click Orlando, the reptile bit "a chunk" out of Hernandez's leg.

Two alligators were later removed by trappers, including one measuring 8.5 feet long and one that was 11 feet long.

Forever Florida has received largely positive reviews on Yelp, earning an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 48 reviews. Several reviewers mentioned seeing gators while there.

One reviewer wrote in 2010:

"Upon arriving, we had to of course sign this waiver that basically said: If you get injured, paralyzed, deathly ill, drop dead, get killed or eaten by a gator...they are NOT responsible."

Along with zipline tours, Forever Florida offers horseback riding and coach tours through "nine distinct Florida ecosystems" with a chance to encounter alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the Florida panther, among other wildlife.


Abduction / Possible Implant / OBEs

Denver, CO - 1/1976: When I was about 3 or 4 yrs old, I remember going to the "Dr's office". 3 Or 4 doctors dressed from head to toe in white surgical scrubs, faces masked and, you can only see their eyes. They tell me I'm there for a vaccination. I remember one of them saying don't worry "it looks like a pig," showing me the tip of a gun that had like a tube dropping off the barrel. The tip was round with another ring in the center. On the outside two needles and the center had two needles hence the pig. I judge they searched my child mind to see what I would accept as familiar.

I was put in a chair and remember wondering where my mom was. Also confused that the Dr's are only a little bit bigger then me and I knew I was little. The scar on my left arm I always thought was a booster shot. When I asked my mom about it she said I had no such vaccine. When I started meeting people with the booster scar I realized my scar is too low on my arm, its texture is a little different and I was always about 5 yrs younger then them. My mom couldn't identify the scar.

I believe it is a tracker. There are more stories over the years but want to wait to tell the rest, see if MUFON decides to investigate. I've never told the story due to me testing the waters when I tried. I would tell parts of story and was never believed. I don't think on it all the time but when I do I'm driven to know if there is anything in my arm. But I can't go tell my Docter this story and ask for a x-ray. So I don't know for sure. I'm also open to false memories as a possible solution, but the strange scar? Other minor contacts, and strange events (that could be mere coincidence, I'm reading more in too ) have me confused. I'm a 41-yr-old CPS social worker. Help? I also want to mention that I easily and often have uncontrolled out-of-body-experiences. I don't know if it's related. - MUFON CMS


Remotely activated camera used to verify Thylacine sighting

A hidden, remotely activated camera has been set up on a Devon Meadows property in a bid to get a picture of a Tasmanian tiger, reportedly seen there about six months ago.

Thylacine hunter Michael Moss said the sighting by Stuart Allen was credible and consistent with others reported in the area in relatively recent times, including one in Fisheries Rd.

“It’s the kind of area that would appeal to a thylacine, with lots of rabbits and chicken sheds offering an easy meal,” Mr Moss said.

“The frequency of reported sightings makes it appealing enough to set up a camera and see what we get.”

Mr Moss said he had been contacted by a number of people who reported sightings, but Devon Meadows and nearby areas were “a real hot spot”, in terms of sightings.

“I have cameras in other likely spots around the state, but I’m particularly hopeful for Devon Meadows and Wilsons Promontory,” he said. - Thylacine hunters hope hidden camera could be key to catching Devon Meadows Tasmanian tiger



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Live... Die... and Live Again - Part 7

By Stephen Ellis - The thing that separates the human mind from all others is the ability to “think”: to come to a rational decision (often the wrong one) based on the facts (or suggestions) with which we have been presented.

Every day we make choices: Should I brush my teeth today? What shall I wear? Shall I say my prayers today, etc? In more primitive areas the decisions may concern getting food to eat, getting medicine for sick children, or survival itself. No matter where our lives take us: at school, at our jobs and even in prison, we all have to make choices every single day. This is the nature of the human mind…or if you prefer...human “consciousness”.

It follows that if our consciousness or mind survives the death of our body, in order to remain the consciousness with which we are familiar, there will likely still be choices and decisions to be made.

In the course of interviewing and reading about people who have memories of a previous life, I have reached the conclusion that when our bodies die, our consciousness does not. Further, there is very strong empirical evidence that the process of “making choices” continues well into our afterlives.

One of the more common decisions to be made is: We can choose to stick-around and observe what other, living people, are doing. Some people call this being a “ghost”. There is significant evidence that some ghosts stick-around because they cannot seem to “let go” of things acquired during their lifetime. Numerous houses seem to be haunted by the ghosts of the people who built them and lived there while alive. Evidence is there that some ghosts have great difficulty in “letting go” of things they created or people who were very meaningful to them before they died.

Another seemingly common decision is to go to the “waiting place” to be re-born again as humans. (I’m not exactly certain as to “what” or “where” the “waiting place” is, but many people who recall past lives remember watching their own funeral and then going to the “waiting place” to be re-born.) This is a choice, I believe, that is made by some whose “physical aspects” of life were so pleasurable that they want to re-live them or because they felt that a project they worked on during their lifetime was still to be completed. Not surprisingly, people whose lives were cut unexpectedly short by violence or illness represent a significant percentage of those who choose to be re-born. Some religions believe that if you are re-born, you are re-born as an animal; Hindus believe that being re-born as a cow is reaching the ultimate stage of “Nirvana”.

Probably, the most important decision to be made is whether or not to move on (perhaps “towards the light”) and live again on a higher plane. It would seem to me that before you can select this option you would have to fully recognize the mistakes made during your lifetime here on Earth and acknowledge that you have learned from them so you will not make them again in a better world.

We can choose to reflect on the mistakes we made during our lifetime and seek an understanding of them and correct them. The problem here is that, even in an afterlife, we may not recognize that many of the things we did while alive were “wrong” or ”mistakes”. A simple example of this might be that, in some fundamentalist religions, the killing or brutality of others of a different faith may not be deemed “wrong” by the surviving consciousness. In this case, I believe that a greater power will not deem them as “ready” to move to a higher plane. In fact, I believe they are “sentenced” to be re-born. Perhaps that’s why the birth rate within fundamentalist religions continues to increase at a pace far beyond more educated groups of people.

This planet we call “home…the planet “Earth” is populated by several different levels of people. No one on Earth lives a “perfect” life. Every life, whether rich, poor, healthy or infirmed, is fraught with problems and uncertainties. Clearly, there is an unmarked line that separates those with a good education and those that are taught they “must” accept unexplained facts as given to them. There is an unmarked line separating those who help others and those who think only about personal gain at the expense of others. Please don’t misunderstand me: there are many educated people who are “bad” and many uneducated who are “good”. The difference is that, in the afterlife, most educated people can reflect back on their lives and recognize that their actions were bad while many uneducated may recognize this only through repeated chances of living again.

As we enter the afterlife, there are probably several other options, with which I am not familiar, that may be available to us. The only thing I can say with any certainty is that our consciousness does not die. And, if our consciousness does not die…we will live again. Perhaps here on Earth…perhaps in a far better place. The Earth is far from an ideal place. In fact, the Earth is a very war-like planet. There has not been one single recorded day on Earth when there were not some wars going on. Perhaps this is why we don’t get too many visitors from other worlds. Who wants to go to a place where people kill other people all the time?

In future articles, I will discuss the evidence that exists concerning our “aura” and experiences we have with it while living here on Earth.

If you are interested in the subject, I suggest you read my book, “Explaining the Unexplained”. You can download a Kindle of it for about $5.00. Hard and soft-cover copies are available at Barnes & Nobel and at Amazon. -

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