This is a question that has perplexed me for some time – of all of the tens of thousands of reports citing Sasquatch contact, why do they run the gambit from being violently aggressive to being downright friendly? Why are some people experiencing long-term contact that evolves into an actual relationship with these beings while others claim that they felt as though their lives were threatened? Some witnesses even go so far as to claim that someone they know was actually killed by a Sasquatch with such violence that it would make Rob Zombie wince.
This disparity really bothered me, because in most instances, when comparative situations are reported as exhibiting such extreme differences, something is often amiss in the telling. I am in no position to question the validity of someone else’s experience, so I was not about to dismiss accounts exhibiting either extreme just simply to fit my current understanding of the situation, but it bugged the crap out of me that these stories were all over the place. I would expect there to be SOME variations, depending on the circumstances surrounding each individual encounter, but I would also expect for there to be more “common ground” among the stories than not.
However, once I began to understand more about Sasquatch, I started to uncover clues that gave me some idea as to why there may be such a wide variety of personal experiences, ranging from outright terrifying to being amicable and caring.
The first clue was when I came to the realization a while ago that these beings are actually a People. They are not wild animals, they are not gigantopithecus, and they are not mythical creatures dreamed up by our ancestors. They are PEOPLE. Granted, they are different from us humans in a number of ways, but that does not negate the fact that they are still PEOPLE (as a side note, we will talk about exactly WHAT kind of people they are at a later time. Stay tuned for that – it’s pretty interesting).
And, as with any race/culture/society of people, there are extreme variations in the character of the individuals. I can’t say for certain (yet), but I suspect that Sasquatch people are just like human people in this regard – some of them are worthy of being trusted with your life, and others behave like hoodlums and muggers. Some are nurturing, and some are destructive. Some are gregarious and social, and some would like nothing better than to be left alone and will run you off if you wander too close (this would be me, if I were a Sasquatch).
The second clue had to do with the circumstances of the encounter. By far, the majority of experiences reported as being “aggressive” or “violent” involved a human toting a weapon, usually a gun. Most of the time, these were just hunters who were after game, with Sasquatch being the furthest thing from their mind as they sat in their treestands or crept stealthily through the woods. This thought then led me to another question: was it the presence of the gun that resulted in the aggressive behavior, or the fact that the hunter may have unwittingly encroached onto the Sasquatch’s own hunting ground, potentially threatening a possible food supply?
The third clue about aggressive behavior centered around territoriality. A large number of reports involve people hiking, fishing, or making other recreational use of wilderness areas. Some of these may overlap with the “human carrying a gun” theory, as it is reasonable to assume that many folks are packing when in the woods, even if they are not actively hunting, but we also know that many of them were not. This led me to believe that in many of these instances, humans may be unwittingly passing through areas which some Sasquatch consider “theirs”, and are offended at the intrusion. It’s also reasonable to assume that, in some of these situations, people may, without realizing it, wander too close to a family unit, causing the adults to react fiercely in protection of their young.
These clues, which focus on possible reasons for aggressive behavior in everyday situations, make sense at a practical level, but if you have read my post on the physics of Sasquatch, you’ll know that these beings do not seem to be bound by our current (and narrow) understanding of how the universe works. They seem to be able to “pop” in and out, materialize and dematerialize, and perform all manner of other perplexing feats. This made me ask myself: “if Sasquatch can just disappear at will, why would they stick around and throw rocks, howl, and shake trees when they get annoyed with us, instead of just relocating to somewhere else at the speed of thought?”. Close on the heels of this question was an answer, based on my own personality and behavior tendencies: if someone wandered into MY space uninvited, what would I do? Standard options would be to hide, leave, call the cops, or say “oh HELL no”, square up on the intruder and make them very aware that they had made a bad choice. I’m not given to responding with any of the first three – my first reaction would be to run them off, so, from my own perspective, these “get out of my space” Sasquatch behaviors made perfect sense. Yes, they could just “pop out” and go somewhere else, just as I could choose to get in my car and leave in the presence of an intruder, but it appears as though they, like me, are more likely to stand their ground and get in your face than to give their space up to an uninvited guest. We humans tend to view these behaviors as unreasonably “aggressive” and “threatening”, but ask yourself the same question I did: what would YOU do if someone just waltzed into YOUR house uninvited?
And here’s the kicker about these aggressive displays: there is no predator on the planet that will warn you of it’s presence if it intends to make a meal out of you. Predators (including humans) adopt stealthy practices when on the hunt. They camouflage themselves to blend in with the environment, they attempt to mask their smell, they hide in trees or in ground cover. They creep along, so as to not alert their quarry of impending death.
It’s true that there are many stories of Sasquatch quietly observing humans, but the behavior was just that: observation. It is NOT hunting behavior. Sometimes this observation was followed by the classic temper tantrum of howling and rock throwing, but again, if they intended to eat you (or capture you and cart you away for some deranged purpose), they would NOT be alerting you to their presence. They’d just materialize silently behind you and snatch you up.
So what are we to make of the majority of these aggressive displays, then? I think it’s pretty simple – they’re pissed off because their space has been invaded. They want you to leave, so they exhibit frightening behaviors to convey that. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a bluff – I think it’s probably a real warning, which, if not heeded, may result in a bad day for the intruder, but the point is that they are giving you an opportunity to leave, rather than just silently decapitating you as you stroll along. Take note of this because it means that their first reaction is NOT to hurt you – they just want you to move on.
If you were to find yourself in this situation, my advice is simple. Assume a submissive posture by bending slightly forward, eyes down, and hands up, to show that you respect their wishes. Then slowly back away until you feel it is safe to turn around and walk normally. Don’t be surprised if they escort you along the way. They may keep pace with you silently OR they may growl and break tree limbs as a means to say “move along!”. Regardless, just stay calm, keep walking at a normal pace, and feel free to say things like “I’m sorry – I didn’t mean to disturb you”. It may also help if you address them as “Sabe” (pronounced sah-bay), which is a term of respect for their people (yes, I’m serious).
In part 2 of this post, we will talk about the polar opposite of these aggressive behaviors – those instances in which contact is mutually beneficial and can even result in long-term relationships being formed.