It is with deep sorrow that we report on the passing of legendary Bigfoot researcher and Wildlife Biologist John Bindernagel.
John passed away on Jan 17th at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer. Mr. Bindernagel wasn’t just a huge asset to the Bigfoot community he was a scholar and a gentleman and will be dearly missed by so many. He was so passionate about the search for the elusive cryptid putting in years worth of research and field work that he generously shared with everyone. He was always willing to take the time to answer questions, share his opinions on Sasquatch, and provide information on the evidence he had collected over the years. It was an honor being able to cover some of the work he did over the years and it is comforting to know that he and his efforts will never be forgotten. Thank You, John, for all that you so willingly gave to us!
John books North America’s Great Ape: The Sasquatch from 1998 and The Discovery of the Sasquatch in 2010 are both well written and are great reads. John said this about himself:
I am a professional wildlife biologist who is seriously studying the sasquatch or bigfoot in North America. My interest in this animal began in 1963 when, as a third-year-student in wildlife management at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, I was laughed at for raising the report of an animal described as an “ape-man” for possible discussion. My field work began in 1975 when our family moved to British Columbia, partly in order for me to begin field work on this species. In 1988, my wife and I found several sasquatch tracks in good condition in the mountains not far from our home on Vancouver Island. Plaster casts which we made from these tracks provided the first physical evidence for the existence of the sasquatch. Wildlife biologists such as myself regularly depend on tracks and other wildlife sign as evidence for the presence of bears, deer, wolves, and other mammals, recognizing that tracks constitute a more reliable and persistent record of the presence of a mammal species in an area than a fleeting glimpse of the animal itself. I am satisfied that the sasquatch is an extant (or “real”) animal, subject to study and examination like any other large mammal, and am much more concerned with addressing ecological questions such as how it overwinters in the colder regions of North America, than with dwelling on the controversy of whether it does or does not exist. I remain aware, however, that many people—including scientific colleagues—remain unaware of the information that exists about this species.
R.I.P John – Thoughts and Prayers to his family and friends!