Jul 1, 2014 | Marmot, Summer 2014

John Bindernagel is something of an expert on Sasquatch

The Courtenay resident has had a 30-year international career as a professional wildlife biologist studying in numerous countries.

Aside from his work with the United Nations and various research projects closer to home in B.C. and Alberta, he has written two books about the North American sasquatch.

Now he is sharing that knowledge even further, with a video series on YouTube.

Bindernagel’s interest in sasquatch began in 1963 and led to him moving his family to Courtenay in 1975.

His first book, ‘North America’s Great Ape: The Sasquatch (A Wildlife Biologist looks at the continent’s most misunderstood large mammal)’ was published in 1998.

After seven years of research, his second book, ‘The Discovery of the Sasquatch (Reconciling Culture, History, and Science in the Discovery Process)’ was published in 2010.

Bindernagel is sometimes invited to give lectures on the subject, most recently at Vancouver Island University last April entitled ‘The Unfolding Discovery of the North American Sasquatch.’

He decided to create the video series, which runs just under 40 minutes, “because I feel the public remains uninformed or is being misinformed about the sasquatch and I wanted to correct that to the extent that I could,” he said.

His video series is divided into three sections: Descriptions • Tracks • Scientific Aversion

The first section covers historical descriptions of sasquatch and what it looks like, he says: “…many anatomical details are apelike and consistent with a real existing mammal taxonomic group, ie. Primates.”

The second segment covers sasquatch tracks: “the most important evidence which documents the sasquatch as a track-leaving mammal.”

In the third segment Bindernagel covers scientific aversion to eyewitness accounts and sasquatch track molds, “to show that the real mystery is scientific dismissal of the evidence supporting the sasquatch as existing – and to try to understand this,” he says.

Bindernagel’s videos can be found on www.YouTube.com by searching for “Sasquatch Illustrated Lecture.”

For more information on his book (orders can be made online) and his background, please go online to www.bigfootbiologist.com.

More from this Issue