The Trail Camera Dilemma

In the world of Sasquatch research, there are many topics that are taboo. Many other organizations and scientists will not talk about them for fear of ridicule. At S.I.R., we promised to show you all the evidence all the time. This is one of those mysteries.

Trail Cam #1

Sasquatch Picture Camera West Back

Sasquatch Picture Camera West Going

Sasquatch West Facing Trail Cam

Bigfoot Trailcam Video 28

Our two 1430 Infrared stealth cameras were placed strategically at a known crossing point across a stream.
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They are camouflaged with pine branches to maximize their effectiveness.
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Both cameras are checked daily, to check for photos and to make sure they are in proper working order.
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In this sequence there are two units in play that are facing each other. One unit is equipped with a 12 volt stealth cam battery and the other unit with 6 Duracell C batteries.
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After a very eventful Tuesday that was full of weird happenings at camp, both cameras tripped at the creek on Wednesday morning the 18th of August in daylight conditions.
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All 9 burst sequences had whited out on both units, and we have no idea why.
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One large foot print seems to indicate we should have had success in catching whatever triggered the cameras.
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We thought we had caught a Sasquatch on camera from 2 angles. Instead we had 9 bursts of photos on both cameras of white frames.
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Trail Cam #1 & #2 had 36 photos each. 9 each white and the rest were of us checking them daily going in and out of the small ravine.
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Trail Cam #1′s camera with the batteries was working, but stopped at 36 frames.
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Trail Cam #2′s 12 volt battery was completely dead. This battery should last 3 months or at minimum 100′s of photos per the manufacturer.
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The first and last pictures from each trailcam are shown, so that you can see how long the burst of photos lasted…  87 seconds and 22 seconds respectively.
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Once again we caught nothing. This has happened to us before in this area many times. For us, the frustration and mystery continues…
The second two photos in the sequence that are whited out is from the camera facing east in the ravine under a large canopy of trees crossing a small stream.The camera tripped at  07:36 am. The cameras are set in a nine burst pattern every three seconds. All nine whited out as indicated on the camera facing east. The track line came in from the west heading east, so this photo should have caught the back of the offender as he or she passed by. This is the camera with 6 “C” batteries that were still working stopped at 36 exposures.The second camera is facing west and is about 30 yards from camera one. It tripped at 07:39 am or almost 2 minutes later, which indicates the individual stopped for some reason. We think to assess the situation, but that is speculation only. They second camera facing west shows the anomaly of temperature, which we cannot account for. The first shot shows a temperature of 55 degrees. 9 bursts of 3 seconds each later it is back to the ambient temperature of 51 degrees. This 4 degree anomaly is unaccounted for and appears unnatural. This camera would have caught the forward view of the culprit as it crossed the stream headed east.Plus, remember the camera facing west was on a fully charged stealth cam 12 volt battery that was dead as well. It is usually good for up to 3 months in the field. It lasted less than 3 days and 36 photos only. We can only speculate the two are connected. Please note the sun is not a factor here, which rises in the east. A large mountain is just east of this location. It is shaded even in mid day under a large canopy of huge pines. We have no explanation for this phenomenon, but in our eyes they seem to be related and are worth noting.
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Trail Cam #2

Sasquatch Picture Camera East Going

Sasquatch Picture Camera East Out

Sasquatch East Facing Trail Cam

Bigfoot Trailcam Video 36

Sasquatch research is not black and white, but has many shades of gray.
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We as investigators have been fortunate enough to have experienced many of these gray areas.
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Equipment failure is common. We have missed more than we have caught to be honest with you.
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It is a frustrating hobby made even more frustrating by the fact that most of the rest of our colleagues are afraid to discuss these topics openly.
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In our eyes, this is holding back progress.
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Science works on facts and we understand this, but speculation and openness is integral if we are to be successful collectively in our endeavor to prove these magnificent creature’s exist.
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It’s okay for Stephen Hawking to speculate on Black Holes, although he has never visited one.
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It was okay for Einstein to test the limits of Physics and from it came the theory of Relativity.
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We are not sure if it’s infrasound, we are not sure if it’s sonar, but since mammals already exhibit these traits, which we feel make these the mostly like candidates for this strange phenomenon.
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Whatever it is it can physically effect you in ways we as a group do not understand.
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Here is the proof that something strange is going on.
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Now we ask that you open your eyes and your mind to the possibilities that there is more to these forest friends of ours than we know.
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And maybe, just maybe that’s why it has been so difficult to prove they exist.
Bigfoot Trailcam Dilemma 3

Sasquatch Meat Pit Area

This is the meat pit as it existed in 2009. Please note one of our colleagues is attending to a stealth camera on the tree closest the downed log.
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We used to place the stealth cameras nightly on the meat in 2009.
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There is a second stealth camera in the tree in the center of the photo, which is very important to note as it pertains to the next photo and is of great importance.
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The last photo shows the meat pit in 2010 as we found it. If you notice the large, healthy tree in the center of the photo that we used to place our stealth camera on in 2009 is down over our 2009 feeding station on the old log.
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This basically rendering our 2009 feeding station of old useless. It is broken at about 7 feet. This tree sits in the center circle of many trees surrounded on all sides and is not the tallest tree either.
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It fell perfectly over our feeding station. Coincidence, I don’t know, what I do know is the force’s required to bring that tree down on our feeding station are beyond my comprehension.
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No other trees dead or alive had fallen in this area. I will let you be the judge of what happened here.
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Recently on an outing in NW Colorado, Brad Corless, Scott Barta and I had an interesting experience in camp.
These trail cam videos are the result of that.

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The day begins like this. I got up late and cleaned up camp.
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I picked up a few pop cans and such and put them in a trash bag. We always tie the trash bag to a tree, so there is only a small opening forward.
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After I cleaned up camp, I ate a banana as I was cramping up from a long hike the previous day.
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I put the peel all the way down in the bag and then went to the rest room. After about 10 minutes, I returned and began cleaning up again.
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I went to  put more trash in the bag and the peel was 1/2 pulled out. We always stick all the trash down in the bag, so I knew this wasn’t right.
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Brad C had a suggestion as a result of my curious find, which I was open to.
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He knows I am somewhat anti game cam because of past problems, but he talked me into giving it a try during the day with no IR. This being the case, I agreed.
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He had two units different from ours, which I thought would make an interesting experience. He installed one at about 5 feet high and 15 feet from the camera in a tree. Then we left it all day.
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The first video is of a small marten/weasel type animal we captured running in and out of the video nervously. This video lasted 29 seconds.
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The second is unknown. Some think its a shape and others a hand. It last only one second, which is really odd. One second only. The camera was set at video and it is motion activated, so it captures all that moves in front of it.
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These two videos are all we caught. We after scratching our heads once again have decided to show you the evidence.
There were no other campers at all. We didn’t see any from Monday through Wednesday until we moved camp.
It’s just another dilemma, we thought you should see and judge what it is for yourself what happened here.

Thanks, Brad, Scott and Mike-SIR


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On 6/30/2013 these 3 videos were obtained in sequence at our NW Colorado location.

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We tried the Stealth Cam on a different setting.
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We ran the camera on video mode instead of the 9 burst mode.
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We left the camera armed and set in the back of the tent with 10 second video shot.
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This is what we found when we returned after 5 hours in the field.
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We find it strange and unexplainable.
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Video one was taken at 12:52pm that day.
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The camera is being activated by the wind and is working properly.
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Video two was taken at 01:43 Pm.
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The door is clearly obscured. Please also note items seem to disappear in the sides of the frame over time.
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Video three was taken at 1:55pm. The camera once again is working fine and was triggered by wind.
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My thoughts on this. Some of you may find this controversial, but it was has been my experience in the field and after studying many videos and pictures from throughout Colorado.
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If we are to get to the truth, we must discuss all the evidence.
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The flapping of the tent flaps attracted one of our friends and they came and took a peak inside while we were away is my thought.
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This white out sequence is an unknown defense mode they may possess. The camera works fine before and after the event.
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It could be light, it could be energy, it could be electricity. I do not know, but I do know it is found frequently in photos and videos inside and outside of our organization pertaining to the Sasquatch.
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All of these traits listed above are found naturally in the Animal Kingdom.
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If you look at Ron Petersen’s photo closely, you see a white face in the back ground on what would be a bigger individual.

We at SIR, believe this may not by accident. We have seen and been sent other videos and pictures from Colorado exhibiting this same phenomenon.

You be the judge, we are just showing you the evidence we have collected. It is consistent over time. There is obviously a lot more going on here than we expected and this may help explain why their existence has not been so easy to solve.

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    John C November 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I tend to agree with your theory, and commend you for being forthright with the odd failures. I’ve heard other researchers that experience even weirder sighting-related phenomena call them “high strangeness” incidents, as if the concept of a sasquatch isn’t strange enough. I also wonder if a sasquatches night vision can detect IR light from these trailcams, making them a glaring beacon to avoid. Has anyone actually taken a pic of an IR cam with an IR camera? What would it look like?

    Keep up the good work,

    John C
    Loveland, CO

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    kim January 16, 2012 at 4:28 am

    that is very strange about the whiteout pictures. it really does make you think that something unnatural is happening. I have never heard of this before from other sites doing this research. pretty weird. good luck you guys.

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    mike March 8, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Maybe the solution is to go 100% mechanical. Using non electronic film cameras with trip wires, or pressure plates. Get some of those gimmick type spy cameras from the 70s that were really small. They had fixed focal lengths I think, but they were real small and easily hidden. It would take a lot of ingenuity to make these ideas work. A drawback would be of course that they wouldn’t be effective after nightfall when Sasquatch is active. There are types of film that are sensitive to near infrared but then you would need an electronic light source to make infrared light.
    Too bad there wasn’t a way to use AC power. I don’t think he could drain a constant source of electricity.

    Don’t know if any of this helps, but I think a clever person, or people could experiment and come up with something.

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    steve November 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Hi…have you thought of using either the new “sens-up” mini cameras or even the small “night devil” type ? They are very small indeed and some of the newer type are excellent at night…of course,they can be operated from just one or two small batteries and the devices needed to record are also very small…at least they could be hidden a lot easier than the trail cams which seem to be rather large and obvious to any creature that has even the least intelligence…Good luck.

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    steve November 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    If you don`t mind a further suggestion…just a thought…it seems that with the trail cams it is very difficult to get any results and they`re not easy to conceal..perhaps that is the very reason..do you ever think of a longer range strategy?

    With some of the long range cameras it may well be easier to achieve stealth and there is also wireless technology that would achieve greater distance from the focal point of hoped for action…of course,night time would entail some difficulty but it isn`t impossible with modern cameras…then there is the daytime possibilities of longer range image capture…seeing as you check the trail cams each day,battery limitations wouldn`t be any different and as stated previously,some of the cameras are very small indeed and also give excellent longer range…

    I`ve no idea of the hardships and frustrations you guys go through regarding the trail cams but the one major setback has to be the limited range and the difficulty of concealment…Good luck with your endeavours…it is such a different way you have of working to the other guys…it puts some faith back in to this subject for the likes of myself.

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    jim bair December 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I use several trail cams here in Missouri. SEVERAL ARE 365/24.
    The last picture is of a bird flying thru. I’ve had almost 100 similar shots
    over the years. Its was a bird flying thru and tripped the system.

    I would check the sealing gaskets on the camera with the white pictures.
    I’ve had that problem as well over the years and it can be caused by condensation in your system.
    The problem clears and the camera works fine after the condensation evaporates later in the day.

    The problem can also be caused by a fault in your power system. I would check the batteries and the backup to the batteries if you are using a solar charger at the site. Over the years this has occurred to my systems as well.

    Condensation will also cause problems with the power system.

    Hope this helps you.

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    rex kozlowski March 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I highly suspect that BF can smell the cameras, trappers have hard time cloaking the scent of metal traps.I know some that boil them in sagebrush for three days to hide the smell.I understand that you can’t boil your cameras but try using something that will mask the smell yet not bring attention to it. something that nutrualizes the smell. baking soda might help but its not natraul. so try rubbing some strong smelling plant thats located at the site. maybe even put something along the trail to draw there attention away from the camera, and not notice it long enough for the camera to work,Iwould suggest a fishing lure in a tree for example.I havent got a trail camera yet to try it myself but one day I hope I will. please tell Brad C to give me a call I have lost his Phone #. We went up last year and thanks to him and your site I have learned what to look for.Last year over half the times I went up I had sucess in finding one within hearing distance of knocks or whistles. thanks again for your site

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    Russell Easterbrooks April 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I think its all about scent, the camera, human installing the camera. I was a trapper for many years, an some aniamals learn very quickly about scent, and will not go near.

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    Jamie Scott August 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Hello, This Sasquatch research is fascinating.I was curious, have any of your researchers tried a well concealed tree stand at the stream ? I have been hunting and fishing for 48 years and have been near these animals on several occasions but have never actually seen one. I am convinced they exist. Good luck and thank you for the website!

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    Martin September 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I’m a skeptic, though open minded. Living in Colorado too, I love the idea that something so profound could be lurking so close nearby. In science, a theory must be considered plausible until it can be proven or disproven. While individual instances have been disproven, I think that a small population of wild hominids, who are terrified of humans, nocturnal, who bury their dead, can travel long distances while staying hidden, and who only inhabit areas that limit their risk of contact with humans is a plausible theory. On BFRO’s website, you notice that coloration and height data do tend to corroborate eachother by region (California and Colorado have dark brown and black sightings usually 7 ft tall, while pacific northwest tend to be reddish brown, and closer to 8 feet tall.) http://www.BFRO.net

    First, about the trail cams. I have been using some of those for about 2 years now for my work. They are glitchy as hell. The cameras have a filter that swings back and forth for daytime VS nightime viewing. Early in the morning, the cameras will still be on the nighttime infrared setting, even though there is enough light for daytime viewing. When this happens, you will get pure white pictures, since the filter is letting way too much light in. That may have been a sasquach, or a deer that tripped the pictures here, but the unit didn’t work. At 7:30, they should have turned on to daytime viewing, but they didn’t.
    I have found that you have to put out a lot of cameras, and be willing to accept that most of your pictures and video will be of branches swaying in the wind, pure white in the morning, and pure black at twilight.
    In another post, someone knew an area where someone (something?) was re-arranging stones. This seems like a far better area to put cameras out, since you can be sure that they will spend time in one small area.

    Second, I’d like to ask what you would actually do if you did get a clear, unambiguous picture or video of a sasquatch? If it was clear enough to get an endorsement from a researcher, they would want to send a team to confirm the presence of the sasquatch, collect samples and interact with the creatures.
    In reading the accounts from BFRO, these creatures seem to move faster than a deer, they clear out of an area after a first person encounter, and everyone who sees one up close seems to have the same feeling of intense fear for their lives.
    So what would be the best case outcome from proving that sasquatch exist? Conservation of land that is not currently threatened? Contact and intelligence testing? A zoo exhibit? Education and integration into our society? A reality TV show?
    What would be the worst case outcome? Every hiker that went missing in known sasquatch territory would be a presumed victim. A black market trade would open up. If Sasquatch exist, they have lived this long by fearing and avoiding humans at all costs; Exposing their existence would force us into contact. It would be like forcing you into a small room full of bees, snakes, spiders, bats, roaches and rats. Every bit of their loathing and fear would triggered by contact with us. An already low population could collapse.

    But if you were the discoverer, the first author on the description paper, you could testify in front of congress. You could help shape a policy that limits contact, that sets aside sasquatch reserves, and gets them endangered species status. It would be far better than a redneck with a shotgun bringing a body in.

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    Mel August 22, 2014 at 3:34 am

    It seems to me that they do not want to be videoed…You may get much more personal contact with them without this (as in going to make friends with them as your only base…) :)

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    Paul G. February 12, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I think they can detect either the hum from the minute current that goes through the trigger. OR the sasquatch can see an infrared beam that may a trigger. Regardless of where you put it, or disguise it, it is detectable by Bigfoot.

    There are too many incidents where BF has defeated or just got right up in the lens and whited it out. The game cam has to be rethought or re engineered with cameras in a 360 degrees aspect because it seems as though adults can defeat it 99% of the time.

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