Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Daily 2 Cents: Another Deerman Encounter -- Bigfoot Reported Roaming Eastern Nebraska -- 1817 Bermuda Triangle Earthquake / Tsunami

Another Deerman Encounter

Here's a response to a post from Monday:


I am also from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. I live in Ashland, about 20 miles from Lame Deer. I have heard stories of the area around Rand's grandmothers home. I have personally been witness to a "deer man". It was about 2002, I was hunting on the big divide between Ashland and Lame Deer. I was "glassing: with my binoculars hoping to find a deer to shoot for one of the elders. I spotted what I though was a whitetail buck. It was standing in a brush patch about 200 yards in a draw below me. AS I was watching the buck through my binoculars, the body started to become clearer. It was a deer head on a muscular man's body....Needless to say I hurried and got out of the area and didn't go back for quite a while. I have heard many stories of "little men", but my only experience with them wasn't a full fledged siting. It was in 1997, I was house sitting for my parents while they were away one weekend. I was sitting in the living room one afternoon watching television, when I caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye. I turned toward the dining room window. I saw what looked like the top of a head popping into view at the base of the window. It looked like someone was jumping up trying to look into the window. I watched whatever it was for a good half a dozen jumps, when I rushed over and looked out the window to see who it was, there was no one there, I immediately went outside and looked, I could not see anyone. My parents have there house in a rural area, with not many trees or bushes, I should have seen who it was if it was a kid. Whatever it was I estimated it had to be about 3ft tall if it jumped up and only the top of it's head showed over the window sill when it jumped.

Bryan A.
Northern Cheyenne Reservation
Ashland Montana


Bigfoot reported roaming eastern Nebraska

Before July, Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz had never fielded a call about Bigfoot over a lifetime in law enforcement.

Now he has a big mystery on his hands.

Stukenholtz, along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, investigated a reported sighting of an unidentified “hairy” creature in late July on a country road that parallels the Platte River. A hair sample found at the site was still being analyzed.

A 15-year-old reported seeing the creature, which he said stood about 7 feet tall on two legs as it ran in front of the vehicle the youth was driving about 5:30 a.m. The creature then disappeared into the trees along the river.

Stukenholtz, who became county sheriff six years ago after a long career with the Nebraska State Patrol, said he has no reason to believe the report was a hoax. His office is awaiting a report about hair gathered from the scene, between Morse Bluff and Linwood, about 60 miles west of Omaha.

The sheriff said that even though he thinks it’s highly unlikely that Sasquatch has shown up in Saunders County, his office has an obligation to check out credible reports.

“We aren’t sure what it was, but we’re looking into it,” Stukenholtz said.

The sighting comes as Sasquatch is enjoying a run in the media spotlight.

“Finding Bigfoot,” a reality show on the Animal Planet cable channel, follows a group of investigators trying to confirm the existence of the 7-foot-tall reclusive giant creatures.

There’s a Sasquatch Music Festival in central Washington, a Sasquatch Brewing Co. in Portland that features Hairy Knuckles Stout, and a string of hilarious TV commercials for a beef jerky company based on the gag “Messin’ with Sasquatch.”

But Bigfoot sightings are no joking matter for some.

Jeff Meldrum, an anthropology and anatomy professor at Idaho State University who has extensively studied Bigfoot sightings, said he’s skeptical of any reports from Nebraska because the state doesn’t have the expansive wilderness necessary for a large primate.

But Meldrum, author of the 2009 book “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” said that despite some Bigfoot hoaxes, people shouldn’t discount that such creatures might exist.

“There’s ample evidence to indicate there has to be something out there,” Meldrum said in a telephone interview. “What it is exactly is yet to be determined.”
The report wouldn’t be the first for Nebraska, according to the Montana-based Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, which lists reported Sasquatch sightings on its website.

The group lists 14 reported sightings in the state going back to 1957. The most recent sighting listed was in October 2006 at Chadron State Park in northwest Nebraska, where three hikers reported seeing an “unusually tall” two-legged animal covered from head to toe in black fur.

There were also “various sightings” listed from August 2005 “near the Missouri River” close to Omaha.

The website does not list who saw the creatures. The organization has four Nebraska-based investigators, but an official with the group said they have not probed the Platte River sighting because it was not reported to them.

Meldrum, the Bigfoot author, said he’s skeptical about the Nebraska sighting because it could not be corroborated by another person.

But Meldrum said he’s convinced that in the Pacific Northwest and other heavily wooded U.S. areas with proper rainfall there might be a “relic population of a rare primate.”

Meanwhile, rumors are flying in the Linwood-Morse Bluff area that tracks were found and that people have heard unexplained screams.

No tracks were found, according to Conservation Officer Mark Luben of Game and Parks, who investigated the Bigfoot report.

The officer said he turned over the matter to the Sheriff’s Office once he determined the report did not involve a game or nongame animal under the agency’s jurisdiction.

Luben said he has fielded two previous reports of Bigfoot sightings in his nearly 24 years with Game and Parks. One, he said, turned out to be a rabbit that had left big tracks in the snow. The tracks were misidentified by a Dwight-area resident who had recently moved to the area from Chicago.

Luben and Stukenholtz both said the teen who reported the creature sighting does not want to be identified or interviewed.

“When anyone ever says the term (Bigfoot), it’s immediately followed up by a joke,” Stukenholtz said. “They’re certainly not looking for any public ridicule.” - Star Herald

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'Ghost Cam' causes problems at county office

Butte-Silver Bow County is investigating a claim that employees set up a hidden video camera in the health department — possibly to photograph ghosts.

Interim human resources director Penny McElroy told The Montana Standard Wednesday she is questioning health department employees about a camera secretly posted last month in the building at 25 W. Front St.

Though the investigation is ongoing, McElroy said it appears two health department employees claim they were trying to capture “paranormal activity.”

“For now, it appears nothing was done maliciously or trying to capture employees on the camera,” McElroy said.

However, McElroy wants to question more people. She didn’t identify the people being questioned.

She didn’t know if the camera captured employees because she hasn’t viewed the video.

As of Wednesday, no employees have been suspended or fired.

Health department director Dan Powers said Wednesday that he first learned about the camera incident on Friday, Aug. 23. He reported it to human resources the following Monday.

He had no further comment because the matter remains under investigation.

McElroy said the camera and its video have been turned over to police.

A “deer cam’’ or trail camera, often used in the forest to observe wildlife because it’s triggered by movement, was found in a little-used room, McElroy said. She said the room also isn’t a regular office space.

County Attorney Eileen Joyce confirmed a personnel investigation is ongoing at the health department concerning a hidden camera, but her office isn’t involved in the probe.

“We don’t believe there is a criminal offense,” Joyce said.

Under Montana law, Joyce said it’s illegal to secretly record or observe people in places where there is an expectation of privacy. People aren’t allowed to surreptitiously record people in places like a restroom, fitting room or any place where intimate bodily functions or partial nudity may occur. - MY Standard


Bermuda Triangle Earthquake Triggered 1817 Tsunami

A "tidal wave" violently tossed ships docked along the Delaware River south of Philadelphia at about 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 8, 1817, according to newspapers of the time. Turns out, that tidal wave was actually a tsunami, launched by a powerful magnitude-7.4 earthquake that struck at approximately 4:30 a.m. ET near the northern tip of the Bermuda Triangle, a new study finds.

The study links the tsunami to a known Jan. 8, 1817, earthquake. The temblor shook the East Coast from Virginia south to Georgia, where the seismic waves made the State House bell ring several times. Based on archival accounts of the 1817 shaking, geologists had gauged the quake's size at magnitude 4.8 to magnitude 6. Now, with new geologic detective work and computer modeling of the tsunami, researchers have considerably revised the earthquake's size. A magnitude-7.4 quake releases almost 8,000 times more energy than a magnitude-4.8 earthquake.

The size and location, or epicenter, of the 1817 earthquake has never been pinned down so closely before. U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist Susan Hough and her colleagues zeroed in on the source from newly uncovered archival records, looking at where the shaking was strongest. But they weren't sure about the tsunami link: The 11 a.m. arrival time seemed too late for a 4:30 a.m. earthquake. So they created a computer model of the tsunami, testing different locations and magnitudes. The best fit to force a foot-high (30 centimeters) wave up the mouth of Delaware Bay by about 11 a.m. was a magnitude-7.4 earthquake offshore of South Carolina. - Live Science

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