Welcome to my new blog. I am in the process of moving my notes, reports and other info over. You may also notice changes from time to time. Like moving in to a new home, I am trying to figure out where and how I want things to be. Bear with me!


Trees


New pine growth

   A person can see clearly, around all the trunks of the pine trees, for quite some distance. You would definitely notice if there were any animals in there. I always look in the trees, when we travel along the roads. I often see dead branches, and smaller trees stashed in piles or barriers randomly throughout. Forests like this can go on for miles. Wildlife prefer to stay hidden. An intelligent creature, such as, Bigfoot is especially concerned about being seen. I could see where it might want to create some places they can hide. Obstacles can also serve as barriers to run deer into, or cause them to change direction.

Trees tight together

   Some trees along the side of the road can be standing so tightly together it's impossible to walk through them. Broken branches and small dead trees often find themselves jammed in any available nook and cranny. I often wonder if Bigfoot has been contributing to the construction of these walls. They could remain hidden from vehicles and can also sneak up on any prey who may be traveling on the road.

Blow-down, wind & other natural damage

   Bigfoot is not responsible for every different looking tree out there. Too many people are focusing on tree sign that may have nothing to do with Bigfoot, or any other animal for that matter. Sometimes trees just have a way of ending up in situations you discover them in, naturally. People are also responsible for manipulating their environment. Your best bet is to go where people are not frequently visiting.





   For a predator, a lot of these areas would make great barriers to run prey species in to. Some places can get real thick. Real leg breakers. Places where an animal could get hurt real easy. Causing them to slow down too.

Roads


   A lot of predators use the forest along the roads. Especially if they are interested in stalking prey species who are using the road to travel through the area. Predators use the road as well, but if they are stalking something, they would use areas just off the road. Follow until ready to strike.
   Animals travel many miles every day in search of food. Some have to overcome many obstacles along the way. Some days, a meal might not be available. This is unfortunate especially if the animal's diet is strictly specialized. The animals burn off a lot of energy in the process of their daily activities. So they must conserve as much as they can to ensure they will survive. Weakness, injury or sickness can lead to death.  
   In the bear's case, weight gain is very important if it is to survive the winters. So predators try to sneak in on their prey as close as possible before they risk being seen. Then they will strike with lightning speed to try to catch their victim off guard, and within a short amount of time as possible. If the predator feels the risks of getting an injury are too great, they will back off. They will also stop the chase if their chosen victim has more strength, agility, and endurance than they do. 
   Wolves in packs are excellent hunters. They space themselves out evenly, and crisscross back roads, as they hunt a specific distance in both directions, in grid-like fashion. No matter how far apart they are, they travel exactly the same degree. They also use trails alongside roads, and will often travel on the road itself in search of a meal. Chasing rabbits along the way. Perhaps picking up the scent of a cow moose, and her calf just up the road. Bears use roads as well. They also forage along the road sides. Eating berries, grasses, mushrooms, rolling over big rocks, and also tear apart any old decaying tree stumps, and logs in search of insects. 
   Moose and deer use the back roads, and old logging roads very often. They can get from one place to another more quickly. They use it to also try to get away from predators. Some moose will take a stand on the road, where the ground is hard, to fight off one or more predators. 
   Most everyone uses back roads, and old logging or mining roads. Lynx, bobcat, cougar, coyotes, foxes, rabbits and grouse and so on.
   Being a highly intelligent animal, Bigfoot would also use these back roads to hunt for prey species. It is possible that the animal has used materials in the area to help aid in the hunt. Using it as camouflage, and also barriers or traps.

Tepee-fashioned structures

   The use of tepee-fashioned structures may be learned behavior going back to the early First Nations people. The structures were used to sleep in, dry meat on and cook over fires with. When white man arrived to the areas, tepee-like tents appeared, and various other forms of other shelters. Man has also used tepee-like structures to hold sections of logs (like using fence posts today) creating a fence, and also to mark boundaries. Man has also erected these structures over wells, and have used them to hoist heavy materials.
1979 Dunn lake, north of Kamloops: 16 yr. old Tim Meissener observed a huge figure standing upright along the lake shore. It had been 100 meters (300 feet) away from him. The creature uttered a "high-pitched scream" before it fled in an upright position, up a steep ravine. When Tim and his father returned to the spot later that day, they found that a tepee-like structure had been constructed to cover a freshly killed deer. ¹Barbara Smith. Ghost Stories and Mysterious Creatures of British Columbia.
   It is possible that certain tepee structures are being used to not only mark a claim to territory but also announce how many are in that family group. They may also announce a birth, or availability of either a male or female. Certain types of vocals may also make the announcement. We need to keep tabs on types of vocals heard at which times of the year.

Tree sign


   Curious tree signs are appearing almost everywhere. Trees snapped off at certain heights with tops pointed in a direction. Other trees are deliberately bent, so that they lean pointing away. Bears break trees, and can push on them to cause them to lean. What bears cannot do, however, is pick up broken trees, and then place them in a specific pattern, to create tepee-fashioned structures, or any other deliberately designed structure. Not yet anyway. Bears are pretty darn smart! ;)

Beds

  Some conifers have boughs close to the ground. They provide great beds for any animal. Although difficult to really see in the photo I provided, a male grizzly named Goose, has been using this spot to rest along the edge of a small clearing. I found two of his beds within half a mile. Close to the lake, and in excellent moose habitat. This one consists of two trees close together. Combined, they offer fantastic concealment, and shade from the hot sun.

   Bigfoot might use the same technique from time to time. Instead of hauling in material to create a bed, it might just use boughs already low to the ground to lay underneath a tree. There may be no need for boughs either. Just a spot on the ground underneath the boughs of a tree. More so, possibly, for concealment. For obvious reasons, being seen appears to be the animal's biggest concern.

Concealment

   There are many places along sources of water where trees can offer concealment along their banks. Log jams can provide excellent hiding places if someone happen to suddenly appear, drive by or fly over.

Willows and alder

   This animal really seems to have a thing for willows and alders. Food source aside, they are using it to hide in, and to hide their activities. Great for stalking elk, moose and deer. This tells me they are using fallen logs and anything else, to hide their tracks. We really have our work cut out for us!

Rubbing

Wildlife use trees to scratch, or reach their itches.




   Bears do the same thing, and just for the hell of it, they will also shake trees, jump on small ones real quick. Just for a 'goofy' moment, and believe me, they do have their moments. They will push their weight around. Break a tree or two in the process, or push one down. When trying to attract the attention of a female for breeding, the male will show his strength by pushing down trees. 



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