Either by accident or by design, you can find some strange things in the woods. Bigfoot researchers often report finding unusual formations of sticks, rocks, or other things when in the field.
As investigators, we try to be objective and to consider all possibilities before settling on opinions as to what could have caused these anomalous finds. Could this be a naturally occurring phenomenon? Could someone be playing a joke or trick on us? What other animal would have done this? Through the process of elimination, we sometimes conclude at least the possibility that these things could be the work of the Wildman.
We present these photographs without any claims. We have tried to present an overview of the various types of formations we find here in the wild areas of Texas. We hope this piques your interest in the subject, so perhaps you may want to make some discoveries, yourself!
As you browse these images, keep in mind that several American Indian tribes refer to the Wildman as the "Stick Indian."
New: We have recently added a compilation of mysterious footprint photographs from our field research, as an addendum to those shown below.
All original photos are property of the Texas Wildman Project and may not be duplicated without permission. Please visit the Texas Wildman Project forums for discussions of these and other discoveries. We are interested in your comments!
If you have recordings or photographs that you'd like to add to the Project, feel free to email them! Any submissions denote permission to use them perpetually on the website.
This is one of the most fascinating types of formations. Did these sticks simply fall this way?
We found this away from a heavily populated area, so why has the area been so trampled? Did these trees, one dead and two living, just accidentally form this shape? Numerous segments of this site had been trampled and were bare, including a path at both ends of the large log-bridge.
|Tree Bow Formations|
This photo features two large bows and a teepee formation next to JR.
Examining tree bows should include carefully weighing the many possibilities. The weight of snow, health of the tree, type of tree, and many other variables. However, these bows are often found in combination with other types of stick formations, and with no other apparent cause, a picture begins to develop in the researcher's mind. This young tree was at least twenty feet away from the old rotten log it was pinned beneath.
Sometimes formations seem to tell us, "Keep out!" These Xs were found amid other types of stick formations.
One researcher notes, however, that the symbol of crossed arrows among some Indian tribes represented friendship.
As with bows, one should weigh carefully what could have caused a healthy tree to simply break. Other trees around it may be standing, and no bark or wind damage may be apparent. The first of these examples was still alive at least a year after it had been broken.
|Blinds and Lairs|
These formations have the appearance of nesting places for some large animal. Did they form naturally? Some report them to be lairs to enable sleep out of sight; others theorize them to be blinds from which to surprise passing game.
At first glance, they look like piles of sticks, but researchers notice intricate woven patterns and delicate, sculptured qualities. They often defy reason, as to how they could have fallen in such a way.
|Possible Wildman Tracks|
It was not the size of these footprints, but the location, which intrigued us. Who walks barefoot through thorns and briars out in the woods, and seems to be trying to cover their tracks by staying to the edges of paths? This was a strange set of several dozen footprints, approximating the size of a full grown, normal human.
Whoever made the footprints above also went down on all fours for a moment. Careful study of the immediate area seemed to indicate this individual afterwards rested on his left fist and let his right hand's fingers drag forward through the sand. We decided this was unusual enough to try to make a casting in plaster.
More tracks from Southeast Texas. Whoever it was stood with both feet next to each other for a moment. What is strange is not the size, but how these footprints are placed, and where.
We are finding these footprints in the midst of thorns and brambles, away from people. They are reappearing shortly after rainstorms and other times people would not be expected to be roaming about. Some of them seem to cling to the edges of the open pathways, walking on thorns rather than flat sand. Others make a point to walk through puddles rather than around the edges. One set of tracks led down into a good-sized creek.
The feet seem to have flat arches, reminiscent of the larger, traditional footprint of the Sasquatch. The toe length and proportion also seem unusual.
It is said that the Wildman may sometimes walk on the edge of his foot, in order to disguise his footprints.
A mud puddle. Notice the tracks line up, rather than being staggered.
How did those heels dig so deeply into the mud, yet when he stepped out of the mud, the balls of his feet hardly left an impression? Look very closely at the lowest heel impression. Do you see those faint outlines of his toes? How did he do that? If it were us, the deeper impression would have been made by the ball of the foot, in the toe area, not the heel. Could these tracks indicate the Wildman? The photos also show where he apparently was squatting at the edge of the mud puddle, then raised up and walked across it.
Here are two views of a small footprint from the same research area. Sadly, the area has now been developed and is no longer available for study.
We found a large field of apparent tracks at another location, going over one ridge, across a road, then over another ridge. A material was added which enabled the camera to capture the scope of possible footprint locations. Further details cannot be disclosed.
More footprints found in the Big Thicket, somewhere in the area of the small towns of Sour Lake and Kountze. These were found after traveling down several dirt roads, out in the middle of nowhere.
Again, the size was not remarkable, but the context of this find was, being a barefoot human-like track out in the woods, as they were.
|Possible Wildman Paths|
This path ran parallel to a hiking trail through the Sam Houston National Forest. One of the tree breaks pictured above caught our eye. On closer inspection, we saw a strategic view of where the footpath turned, several hundred yards away. Anyone entering the area could easily be seen. This photo shows where something heavy possibly stepped on and crushed this log, and a bow is also present. A "warning whistle" was also heard at this location.
This shows bows and sticks blocking what had recently been a clear path. You get the impression the Wildman may want to discourage travel here. The mist which appears was not visible when this photo was taken with a disposable camera. We cannot explain this with any certainty.
This enlargement of the above photo reveals a dark form in the woods, as was pointed out to us by a friend. Seeing blurry Bigfoot in woods photographs seems as useful as looking for bunny patterns in the clouds, but as long as it is not taken too seriously, what harm is there in a little fun?
|Artifacts and Specimens|
This was perplexing and surprising. Someone with great strength twisted this tree and bent it over to form the shape of a teepee. While doing this, a handful of some kind of hair or fur was twisted into the wood. It was difficult collecting the hair from the twists. We have not yet determined what kind of hair it is, but it seems certain that it was placed there intentionally.
This is a scan of some of the collected hair, showing white and black backgrounds for comparison.
If you choose to collect an unusual scat specimen in the wild, all care should be used to protect yourself from unknown germs and bacteria. Gloves, a facemask, air-tight containers, and other precautions should be taken.
These tubers (potato-like starchy roots), about the size of yams, had slightly larger-than-human, round bite marks. Something or someone dug them up, held them while he took bites, and then left them on the researcher's path. It is commonly reported of the Wildman that he follows a 'gift-exchange' ethic, reminding one of some Native American customs. Our research seems to confirm that when food or other gifts are left for him, the Wildman often leaves something in return.
Two antique bottles and one handmade antique doorknob. These were found all together in a slight ravine, on top of the leaf litter. The bottles are dated to be over 100 years old. This find was made the day after the researcher had been leaving gifts in the area. Was this a reciprocal gift from the Wildman?
Two more possible gifts from the Wildman: a crawfish claw and a partial rabbit pelt. What animal in the wild will skin its prey and then leave the skin to be discovered on the researcher's path, while taking the rest of the rabbit away without a trace?
In the immediate vicinity of an unusual sighting, which had occured earlier that day, the researcher found possible knuckle prints, scattered hair, and some bones. The two bones pictured have no breaks or scratches on them. Most dogs, cats, or other predators would break, scratch, or chew a bone in some way that would make scars on such small bones as these. One particular bone still had a paw still attached. It appears to be the arm of a raccoon, and something apparently held the paw and sucked or bit off the flesh, without any damage to the bone, much like the way some people eat a chicken drumstick. What kind of animal would do this?
Sketch by a witness who saw a large, hairy being squatting by a river, about thirty yards away. The creature had its back to the witness as it stood and walked off into the woods.
Sketch by Cliff Jones, Sr. of the face he saw peering from the woods, at a height of about eight feet. "It was between ten and twenty feet away as I was rounding a bend in the road and my headlights caused a reflection from his eyes. He quickly turned his face from looking in my direction to one side, and was immediately camouflaged in the brush. My sketch is only of what seemed clear to me. I can never truly do justice to what I saw, however."
A photoshopped effort to show what was seen running from the woods at right, across the open green area, parallel to a creek, through a barbed-wire fence, and under the bridge at a very high rate of speed. The photo was taken from about the observer's position.
It looks in this drawing about as unreal as it did in reality. It raced at about the speed of the cars above, an estimated 40 or more miles per hour. It almost looked in color and shape like a buffalo, except about twice the size.
The prominent feature was the rounded back area. The limbs, or whatever they were, stayed directly below the "beast," although moving very quickly. The creature did not lope, or stretch out and pull back again. It remained in this bowed, arched position.
Artifacts and sign were found below the bridge later that day. It passed through the fence as if it were not there.
The famous Bragg "Ghost" Road, north of Saratoga, Texas. Numerous Wildman sightings have been reported in the area over a period of many years.
There are several stories regarding the origin of the name of this creek near San Antonio. At least one legend involves the Wildman. It is interesting to note that reportedly some Bigfoot vocalizations resemble a crying woman.
The researcher should take note of legends and public reaction to what may be Wildman activity in the area. Signs like these prompt one to ask what the motivation might have been in making them.
|Other Hairy Hominids|
These two antique photographs show persons with the genetic condition known as hypertrichosis.
This is a photo of the famous Julia Pastrana, from the 1800s. She also had hypertrichosis, which affected her bone structure, giving her a simian appearance.
Here are some contemporary individuals with the same condition.
This boy, called Ablay, was found in a remote mountain village close to the Kazakhstan-China border. Doctors say the boy has surprising mobility, flexibility, sociability, a kind of special intuition, and a unique sense of direction.
Saint Christopher, who, according to legend, carried Jesus, was a giant who came from the "land of cannibals and dog-faced people." These two paintings from the 1400s show his dog-like face.
|What is This?|
Hint: This photo was taken near Glen Rose, Texas.
Bigfoot is reportedly a very intelligent being.
Why would this California lettuce company choose such a mascot?
Thanks to Tonya for her contribution!