There is an interesting post on the Utah Squatching Group’s blog site called “Sasquatch Psychology 101”. The author of the article communicates some very interesting thoughts on sasquatch behavior. You can read the article here but I thought I would elaborate on a couple of things that caught my eye.
I liked the author’s thinking in regard to how stealthy the sasquatch can be. He had always assumed, as did I, that the cougar was probably the stealthiest animal in North America. He mentions that he thought he might be able to stalk and sneak up on a sasquatch at some point. He now feels that will not and cannot happen. While I agree sneaking up on a sasquatch is unlikely, I don’t feel it is impossible. Even the phantom-like mountain lion can be surprised if conditions are right. Another reason that I feel it can be done is that it has already been done. I believe many sightings are the direct result of a person blundering upon a sasquatch who did not realize he was about to have company. How can this be? Read on below.
The next thing theorized in this post that I found interesting was that sasquatches seem to have a one track mind. He writes, “Often, when they are doing something, they seem oblivious to anything else.” I agree with this statement completely. It is for this reason that I believe surprising or sneaking up on a sasquatch is possible and actually has been done. The TBRC database has one very well documented sighting where circumstances point to a distracted sasquatch allowing a hiker to walk up practically on top of him. The sighting took place near a river and there were children laughing and splashing in the water on the opposite bank. It is the opinion of the witness, one which I agree with, by the way, that the sasquatch was watching the kids with great interest. Apparently, the creature was so interested and focused he never heard the witness approaching him. You can read this account in the TBRC database here. I also believe this “one track mind” led to Dr. Matthew Johnson’s sighting in Oregon back in July of 2000. This is a well documented sighting you can read about here. Basically, the good doctor stepped away from his family to relieve himself. As he was doing so he observed a massive sasquatch watching his family back on the trail intently. Dr. Johnson observed the creature move from tree to tree as it strove to get a closer look at his family. By all appearances, the sasquatch did not realize the good doctor was anywhere in the neighborhood. I think this could explain how Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin got so close to a sasquatch in 1967. Patterson said the creature was squatting down near the creek; possibly fishing. If so, it fits this “one track mind” or extreme focus theory. It is this trait that makes me believe that it is possible to surprise even this master of stealth.
The final point mentioned in this blog that I would like to expand on a bit is that sasquatch are “watchers”. The author points out, correctly, that the great apes like to watch things. Interestingly enough, the author does not consider this behavior to be a result of curiosity. Instead, he feels it is one of their strongest instincts and that it dictates much of their daily behavior. If this is correct, it is very different behavior than any other animal found in North America. Most animals simply run away at the first sign of humans. Certainly there are predators that occasionally stalk and attack humans. However, predation is not the same sort of behavior as just observing. It may be possible for researchers to use this behavior to their advantage as well. That, of course, is assuming the author is correct in his theory. I personally believe he may be onto something with it.
I encourage you to check the article out. It is worth the time.