When A Cryptic Bigfoot Cast Opens A Can of Worms
by Loren Coleman ©2013
Sometimes when you start down the path of intensively analyzing a Sasquatch/Bigfoot cast, the examination can open a can of worms.
Opening a can of worms is an English language idiom meaning there is a troublesome situation, involving an issue whose resolution is contentious, often simple, and sometimes with surprise consequences. How could we expect anything less when involved in Bigfootery?
In the first installment of this series, “When Southern Bigfoot Casts Are Really Western,” a cast displayed in Fouke, Arkansas, which confusingly appeared in a reality television program as if it was from a track of a Boggy Creek creature, was discussed.
The Monster Mart, Fouke, Arkansas cast.
Here I am in 2002 holding this enigmatic cast.
As I mentioned in the earlier essay, in 2012, I took photographs of this cast and its label denoting its origin. The cast was copied from one taken of 300 found in the “High Cascades” in December 1990. Please note, 300. Dated December 1990.
Cliff Barackman emailed me this week, “This cast is the cast that is attributed to Peter Byrne.”
“The wooden plaque on the back of the cast replica made by Larry Lund. Lund has the latex mold of the original, so copies from him are first generation,” noted Cliff Barackman.
As can be seen from the notion on the back of the “Bluff Creek 1960″ cast, the marks were done by the same individual who wrote “Bend, OR 1971.”
This cast was made in 1960 by Peter Byrne. He told me at his home that he had only found two nice prints over the years, and cast one of them (one was in several inches of water). He then showed me a photograph of the footprint and informed me that the latex mold of the cast had been given to Larry Lund of Vancouver, WA as a gift. I later obtained a copy of the cast from Lund.
Based on the shape of the footprint in the ground, it is clear from the photographs that the latex mold given to Lund is not from the print that Byrne photographed in 1960. I inquired to Lund about the discrepancy, and he was kind enough to ask Byrne about the issue. He seemed as puzzled as we were. Source.
The photograph of the supposed “Bluff Creek 1960″ footprint that goes with the cast, of which Cliff Barackman reproduces, is this image:
Cliff’s caption: A beautiful photograph of the footprint in the ground. Clearly, the shape does not match that of the cast.
Part One: ”When Southern Bigfoot Casts Are Really Western.”
Part Three: “When A Cryptic Bigfoot Cast Opens A Can of Worms.”
In Part Four, “Cleanse The Bigfoot Database: Cast Out The Hourglass Casts.”
In Part Five, “Fake Footprints Fill Bigfoot Books.”
In Part Six, some proposed systematic approaches to the cast database and changes are put on the table.