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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

PRESIDENTIAL BIGFOOT

Just 100 years ago Theodore Roosevelt was the country’s chief executive and favorite son. His personality was larger than life. His exploits captured people’s imaginations worldwide. After the death of his first wife in 1884, Roosevelt spent two years as a rancher and hunter on his ranch in the Badlands of Dakota Territory. He climbed down from the saddle long enough to pen three books during this period. In 1893, he published a lengthy and most entertaining narrative entitled The Wilderness Hunter: An Account of the Big Game of the United States and Its Chase with Horse, Hound, and Rifle, a memoir of sorts of his days in the territories. Among the stories recorded here is what seems to have been a 19th-century Bigfoot encounter. Read on...

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

Actually, and technically, Roosevelt was not a Sasquatch witness, but he did write about a Sasquatch encounter. The Sasquatch in question had evidently murdered a mountain man but "It did not eat the dead body, but apparently had romped and gambolled round it, occasionally rolling over and over it, and then had fled back into the soundless depths of the woods"

However, Roosevelt was told this at second hand at the campfire as a ghost story by the deceased man's former partner, a man named Bauman, who also never saw the creature, only its tracks. If it is true it was presumably not a full-grown Sasquatch but more likely a rowdy youth since Sasquatches generally do not go about murdering people and carrying on about it so.

I read about this as a teenager in a juvenile book, The Maybe Monsters, a classic of the genre.