Researching the Sasquatch question since 1978. Authored three books on topic: 'The Sasquatch In Alberta', 1989; 'Sasquatch, Bigfoot,The Continuing Mystery', 1993; and 'In search of Giants', 2000. Thomas has also co-authored two other titles: 'Meet the Sasquatch', 2004 and 'Sasquatch In British Columbia' 2012. He has also written many articles and appeared on numerous television and Radio documentaries concerning the Sasquatch. Considered by many to be old school in the world of Sasquatch research.
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It is with great sadness that another friend and colleague has passed on.
John Bindernagel, PHD lost his battle with cancer January 17th 2018. He was a clear and logical mind in the field of Sasquatch research at a time when insane thinking is becoming the norm. This, most of all, is the reason he will be missed by myself and others.
John was educated at the University of Guelph, Ontario Canada, as well as the University of Wisconsin, USA. John told me he became interested in the Sasquatch Question in 1965, and moved to BC in 1975 when he began to research the mystery personally. I first met him in 1993, if my memory is correct. He would publish two fine books on the subject and was often contacted by myself and others when something happened on Vancouver Island as he and his family resided in Courtenay, British Columbia. John was always available to add his expertise as a Wildlife Biologist to on going cases under investigation.
John Bindernagel will be greatly missed. I will never forget him.
I have no idea if this documentary has gone forward or been forgotten about. I also do not remember doing this interview? I have done quite a few so they kind of get blurred in the old memory department. But a friend of mine stumbled upon this a few months ago and I thought I would post it here.
This incident occurred on May 26, 2017 but did not come to my attention until late September. I did go to the location with the witnesses a few days after doing a full interview. He wished, for the time being, not to be named. So, for that reason and to save space I will post his answer to one of my questions.
Could you just tell me what happened?
Yeah. Just like I wrote what happened, I got on my quad, I went up to the main Road, (Harrison West FSR) we were at Camp Cove. There was maybe 10 of us there. I got on my quad, went up to the main road, hung a left, went over the small bridge there where the creek rises. Immediately after that, there’s a little road that goes off to the left there. There’s like these blocks there so you can’t drive down there but I could get around with my quad. This road parallels the main road for a bit, then goes down, crosses under the power lines, heads down for a bit, maybe another 300 yards or whatever, then there’s a tricky section. I hit the gas a little too much on the bike and tipped it on it’s side.
Took me a bit to right it, collect my stuff and everything, then I continued on for a little bit, maybe 100 feet or so to the lake, and I sat there for a bit, checked the scenery turned around and I came back up, just about to the top where the main road is, then I remembered I forgot my sunglasses, it was sunny right, it was bright, I don’t have my sunglasses so I turned around and I went back down again (to the lake). They were where I thought they’d be. You know where I took my helmet off and stuff, they were right there. I put them back on and again came back up to where this road parallels the main road again, and coming around this corner, and I can see off to the right, I think it’s a spruce tree, one of the big trees off the side of the road. I could see this black thing kind of. To me it looked like the ass of a bear, or whatever sticking out from behind this tree. That’s what I thought it was; I thought black bear right? I mean, I didn’t stop or whatever, because it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, ’cause I’ve seen like a million bears and stuff, and as soon as it heard me, it took off. Down the side hill there. I kept on coming and I stopped where I had seen it, just to see if I could see it and I could hear crashing down. It drops off pretty quick, and it goes down into a sort of gully.
I could hear the thing running, you know, like crash, bang, down the gully. I couldn’t see it, ’cause like I said, it drops off. From the time I stopped, to the time I saw my friend, who was coming up on the other side of the gully on the road that come and goes to Camp Cove, I heard Den coming up right (friend on other quad, on other road, which can be seen through the trees here). I am yelling at him, but he couldn’t hear me, he just oblivious. I could still hear the thing running through stuff down there, right, down the gully. I’m like, OK. Whatever, probably just a bear or whatever, but as I looked right, holy shit, where it had to be standing, where I saw it, the tree, it’s like 4 feet down, it drops off pretty quick there, and I realized where it had to be standing was like 4 feet down below the road right?
STEENBURG NOTE: At this point the interview was interrupted by a knock at my door. After dealing with that we continued.
OK, so we were standing there, and looking around and stuff, like I said the base of the tree was about 4 feet below the base of the road. If I hadn’t of seen that, I wouldn’t have thought twice about it, right. Where it had to have been standing when I saw it, I just, I thought it was the ass end of a bear behind this tree, you know, about 4 feet tall, you know, just this kinda roundish, black thing, whatever. But then, when I saw where it had to be standing, well, I then knew it had to be a lot bigger than I thought it was. I could see where the ground was, it’s really hard-packed dirt, right. It has been dry for a long time, I could see where the ground was scuffed; where it was standing. OK, that thing was a lot bigger than I thought it was. Then I started thinking, OK, if it was a bear, if it was going up a tree, I would have seen the front arms around it right? I didn’t see anything like that! I thought, hmm??
So I went back to camp, I kind of asked everybody, “Did you see anything strange”? No. No. Then I said, “Well, I saw something weird, right”. Oh yeah, what? Well, I think I saw something like, a Sasquatch, or something. They just kinda laughed at that. We spend a lot of time in the bush. This is what we do every weekend. I am a hunter. We spend all the time that we can out in the bush right.
This witness did impress me by his own logical thinking. Even though he now thinks it was a Sasquatch he saw, he does accept the possibility that he may be wrong. Also, this man has spent a good part of his life in the bush, hunting, fishing , etc. I have no doubt he has been in the woods more than myself. At first, he also thought bear but after observing the fact that the base of this tree was 4 feet below the grade of this road, he feels that what he saw was about 8 feet tall, rather than the 4 to 5 feet he saw above the grade of the road.
It is very gratifying that the originator of a proposed scientific discipline has provided us with his knowledge and detailed justification for this discipline — The Science of Hominology.
Dmitri Bayanov (born 1932) worked directly with Professor Boris Porshnev and other early
Russian scientists investigating the possible existence of Relic Hominids. Bayanov’s long journey began in the early 1960s and has continued until this day. His books cover the subject from the dawn of written communications in Europe and Asia, and then in North
Dmitri Bayanov coined the term “Hominology” and from the outset has sought to convince the general scientific community that there is enough evidence to move this subject from the realm of myth and “cryptozoology” to “true science.” His “arguments” reflect his significant understanding of the subject and depth of his studies.
What he presents is truly convincing.
My personal opinion on this new publication is this: I have read it. I enjoyed it. I found it thought provoking. I do recommend it.
This incident was first brought to my attention from a friend of mine, Nina Reid, who knows the main witness of this case. The two witnesses have requested that their names remain confidential.
This incident occurred round 02:30 a.m. June 4th, 2017; 38 km up East Harrison Lake FSR.
My husband and I were camping by ourselves up there, which we do quite often. We sleep in the back of the pick up truck. So we don’t worry to much. We have a big dog and a tiny dog. We got there Saturday morning, we spent the day there, we were right beside the river. We were about 38 km up East Harrison. We turn to the left onto Pine. When you get to the bridge you drive down and camp right beside the river, there is a really nice spot there. There are river trails, and things which we know have been used, etc but we went to sleep that night. It was 02:36 in the morning, I remember looking at my clock. The dog had to come with me, I had to pee, and the dog had to come with me , because I won’t go outside alone. We had a bucket with a lid out side the truck. So I got out to go pee and I just got back in, the dog wanted to go chase something, and I said, “Oh no, no, no, get in the truck”, but he goes and I whistle him back, put him into the truck, shut the tail gate, we shut the top of the canopy as well, the window outside. All of a sudden we hear, it sounds like a miniature rock slide? My husband says, “there’s something outside” and I said, “Do you see anything”? He replies, “No”. So we kept on listening, then it sounded like a scratching down the side of the vehicle, its walking down the side of the truck, and on the hood. It came from the hood and down the side of the truck. And we seen the shadow pass, the canopy has glass on the sides, and it is tinted. We could see the huge shadow walk passed outside the truck. Oh my goodness, that’s huge! And Jeremy say, “That’s not a bear.” No, that’s not a bear! And then we saw it go by the fire place. (Fire pit) The coals were just about burnt out by that point. There was no fire left, it was just a little bit of red embers. And we could see a little bit through the window, that’s all we could really see was that and the shadow that blocked the embers, we knew there was something outside, we heard a few more noise, but there was no way we were getting out of the truck. When we got up in the morning. We could see the tracks, or marks? Some were huge, the boulders, which were pushed down the little hill coming into our site. (the rock slide sounds?) and we saw the foot or hand print beside out fire pit. It was like someone huge leaned over and put their hand on the ground and was leaning over were our fire was? We did find some cougar tracks, but they were on the other side, that wasn’t what we heard and saw right. We had a cooler, but that wasn’t touched; we had a canopy set up (camp canopy). It was really tall.
The Camp site
Since this incident a large forest fire has closed East Harrison Lake FSR at the 20 km point. So I have not been able to get up there to look around. The question still remains. What or who came into the campsite that Morning?
The following report was sent to me from a Mr. Sean Landers concerning possible footprints found by himself and his girlfriend on Saturday June 3rd, 2017 while they were hiking at Deer Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park.
My girlfriend Adri and I went and stayed in Site 12 on June 2,3, and 4th. She is also enthusiastic about studying Sasquatch, so to be in Site 12 was really thrilling. This is our second time exploring outside of the provincial park, and we went a lot farther this time. Last time, I fell in the creek on the way out, but that did not happen this time.
I included the photographs of the footprints and the nest. The prints were found along the trail that is just north of Deer Lake. As the trail leaves the provincial park, and nears the creek crossing, that is where we found the footprints. They are odd, as the toes are not completely where they should be… not sure. The toes are large and round, and have no claws at all though, which is a Sasquatch trait. As well, the sheer bulbous nature of each toe is substantial. Each toe print was about the size of a large cherry tomato, and very round. The depression in the mud from the print was also odd, in that it was very deep. When I stepped in the same mud while walking, it only made a superficial print, but these are clearly well sunk into the ground. I am 230 lbs, so whatever made these must have been more than me.
We hiked up the FSR as indicated with a pencil line on the map I sent along with this email. Where the pencil line ends is where we stopped and surveyed with binoculars, then came back. On our first trip out here last year, after I fell in the creek, we only made it so far as the X marked on the map. This year was much better.
On the way back to our campsite we were looking for a route down through the woods from the trail, and decided to just wing it. From the trail above we could barely see our orange camping umbrella in the site, so we used that as a reference to descend through the thick forest off the elevated trail. It was steep, and dangerous, so we went slowly and about 150 meters north of the site (#12) I found this very unusually made structure.
The pics don’t really show the scale or complexity very well. It was about seven or eight feet across, and the inside was very smoothed out, just like a hammock. It consists of several large tree sections lain across each other and tied into a bent over tree that comes out of the mountainside. A great mass of smaller sticks and vegetation have been added then, to make up solid walls and sides with and opening barely detectable at one end. The inside is cave-like, and rounded very smoothly with no sharp ends sticking in. It does not look like anything that forces of nature would accumulate. My Mum thinks it might be a spot where a bear might sleep, but I don’t think bears weave together and build elaborate structures. I hope you like the pics and look forward to your feedback. I would like to go back to the nest and look for prints and hair samples.
Thanks for the additional story about an encounter in that area. I will look into it. By the way, I carry a shotgun just for protection of me and my girlfriend. We would never kill a Sasquatch or anything else for that matter. I don’t even like stepping on plants. We both are very much worshipers of nature.
The location of this find was almost the same location where another couple (Richards) had a frightening encounter with a possible Sasquatch back in 2009. Sean does agree that these prints could have another explanation other than a Sasquatch. But in my opinion, the possibility is there.
A very dear lady to me lost her battle with cancer on May 30th, 2017.
I first met Vera after herself and another dear friend of mine, Christina, came to my home to tell me of a strange creature Vera had encountered just outside her home on the afternoon of September 21st, 2011. She had come outside to see why her next door neighbors’ dogs were barking so much when she caught sight of something strange just behind the tree line which separates her home with the railway tracks. The details of this encounter I have already published (Steenburg File# 10173).
After the two had stared at each other for about 30 seconds, which seemed much longer to Vera, the subject simply walked away from her down the rail line towards, what was locally known as, Crazy Creek. She never saw it again. She then contacted Christina and told her about what she saw, and it was Christina whom told her to talk to me; which we did the following evening.
At first Vera didn’t want any word of her account getting out and, in fact, when I went to investigate at the sight, she told the locals that I was there to look into a Mountain Lion she had seen. At the time she was a foster mom and was afraid that if word got out that she had seen a possible Sasquatch that might be used against her.
But over the years as we got to know each other she relaxed a bit over the whole affair and took part when I asked in radio and television documentaries on the the subject and had even come along with me on few day expositions. One such Radio show was titled ”Footsteps’ and aired in 2015. Some of the TV programs were: ‘BC is Awesome’ which aired in 2016; ‘Finding Bigfoot’ when they filmed up on the Chehalis Reserve in 2015; and ‘Red Earth Uncovered’ which was filmed in the fall of 2016 and is due to air in 2018. It is a program of First Nation perspective, and Vera being of First Nation birth herself, I felt was a natural choice for their Sasquatch episode.
Vera lost her battle with Cancer on May 30, 2017 passing away at the Mission General Hospital with her family there with her.