the love of the chase
Depictions of Bigfoot in pop culture invariably cast the simian-like mammal — supposedly standing up to 8 feet tall — in the densely wooded wildernesses of the Pacific Northwest. In Oregon, thick forests cover about half the state. If the legendary cryptid exists, Oregon seems an ideal place to hide — thick forests blanked roughly 50 percent of the state. For this feature and documentary short (Jesse Larson shot and edited the video), I spent two days venturing into the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon with one of the few professional Bigfoot researchers in the West.
I didn’t take this excursion with the expectation that I would find Bigfoot. Decades of observation have revealed, well, nothing. Instead, I wanted to know what specifically was motivating someone like Scot Violette, who holds his master’s in anthropology from the University of California, Berkley and solely operates Blue Mountain Bigfoot Research. He estimates he spends 100 to 150 days a year on investigative trips. He operates a high-tech “Squatch pod,” a camping trailer kitted out with cameras and weather-tracking devices. And he employs a bevy of cameras, audio recorders and drones to document an area where he says some 20 sightings are reported each year. So far, he's recorded only coyotes.
"Is Bigfoot Hiding In Oregon's Forests?" was published in Travel Oregon on Jan. 19, 2018. (For the sake of transparency, please be aware that I have never been an employee of Travel Oregon.)
Read the entire feature/watch the documentary short here.