on March 16, 2007
John Bindernagel presents his 'field guide' on sasquatch in which he discusses the possibilities of North American great apes (NApes). In this book, Bindernagel isn't trying to prove sasquatch creatures exist as he takes it for a given; what he is doing is theorizing about the habitats and ecological patterns as befits such creatures. He wants to see bigfoot/sasquatch included in the variety of outdoor field guide/tracking books on what to look for in regards to size, prints, spoor/(...), vocalizations, and other general signs (twisted tree branches, for example) that a sasquatch may be in the area or recently passed through. Also included are sketches depicting differences between the assumed 'bear mis-identification' excuses and what a bigfoot looks like.
All in all, it's a very good presentation and intriguing, that isn't necessarily out to prove the existance of the creatures, but rather, he grants they do exist and why aren't they included in field guides. The book itself is well laid out covering some sightings, tracks, purported evidence, and how they fit biologically into the environment. Definitely should be in your bigfoot book collection.
on April 2, 2012
...if you refuse to be swayed by anything but proof. (As at least one reviewer here makes clear he won't be.) That's not an open mind. It's a closed mind that can only be ripped open by proof.
Bindernagel is past trying to convince people that the animal is real; he knows - and says so - that the evidence won't do that to either people in denial or people who won't be convinced until one comes to their door asking for a cup of sugar. (Or people who have no interest in reading up on the evidence; I'm not even sure why they care.) Anyone in command of the evidence knows that the case for these animals' existence is strong indeed. A major component of this strength - aside from the sheer volume and consistency of the evidence - is its uncanny (for something that isn't real) corroboration by what we know about African and Asian apes. Most people don't know much; Bindernagel deftly shows how people with no previous experience with known apes in the wild are describing great-ape behaviors in encounter reports.
I give this book five stars for existing. It took guts indeed to brave the tide of naivete, lack of information, and braying ignorance that surrounds the sasquatch. Any scientist whose curiosity isn't aroused by this read isn't thinking like a scientist. But then, when it comes to anything outside their narrow fields, most of them don't. All of them should.
Fake feet and people in suits aren't doing all of this. (Compare the description of the animal to what you see on YouTube.) Wouldn't one think that's obvious? Apparently it isn't.
Bindernagel thinks - and that's his other book - that the sasquatch is a scientific discovery that just hasn't been acknowledged yet. If you disagree, you have some reading to do. This book won't convince you if you're one of those, so be warned. This is what someone in command of the evidence thinks.
on June 7, 2010
This book by Dr. John A. Bindernagel, the "North America's Great Ape: The Sasquatch" is a must have for those in the pursuit of the Sasquatch. I loaned my first copy out, and so it is now lost forever! ;-0 The moral of that story is, never loan out a book that is a must have, because it will cost you a lot more to have it replaced! Richard
on June 10, 2009
I bought this book eager to see what a wildlife biologist would have to say about the "reality" of Bigfoot. In point of fact, what he has to say is pretty much exactly what all the other Bigfoot writers (particularly John Green) have to say which isn't much. After all, it's hard to write a field guide and ecological study on something that frankly has no biological evidence going for it. Some key funny bits:
Bindernagel makes much of the supposed affinity of gigantic hairy apemen for tidal flats, estuaries, and coastlines when it comes to digging for clams and worms...REALLY?! So where are the thousands of tracks? The hundreds of irate witnesses who's clamming flats have been overrun by hungry apemen? What about all the salmon fishermen who compete with apemen for fish?
He also makes much ado about how Bigfoot's supposed behavior is similar to several great apes' behavioral repertoires. Well, if that's true, then we can certainly make a case for the easter Bunny being real on account of its propenisty for hopping and eating carrots.
What we have with this book is a parroting of John Green's earlier books on the subject with the added bonus of some footprint photos that wouldn't fool even the least educated boyscout, yet somehow convinced this "wildlife biologist" that they're real. If Bindernagel's other work is as sloppy as his Bigfoot work, it's no wonder he was forced to be a "freelance" researcher. No agency in the world would retain somebody with his apparent qualifications.
Skip this book, read the classics by Green, then do yourself a favor and get the Hoopa Bigfoot book that just came out for a refreshing new take on what has for a long time been becoming a stale legend of yesteryear.