Cryptozoology

Sasquatch researcher continues his pursuit of truth in aftermath of lawsuit dismissal

There is a human side to the study and research of the elusive Sasquatch.

Beneath the Ghillie suit Todd Standing wears to blend into the environments while on investigations in Radium Hot Springs, B.C. or in Alberta and Montana, is a man who has sacrificed plenty to get the evidence needed, and the right set of eyes to see it.

He’s a father of two – son and daughter – who, every time he heads out into the wilderness to connect with the Sasquatch family he researches, he worries if he’ll make it back home to see them again.

“There are layers to this that people just don’t see,” he admits, his voice heavy with emotion. “My family knows I’m going to go sleep where there are mountain lions and grizzly bears.

“They know if there’s going to be a hit, it’s me who’s going to be taking it.”

His research has also placed him in a precarious position financially, as he has sold his home in the past to help fund his trips – which he only gets four weeks out of the year at his current job.

All of the sacrifice, both financial and familial, has been one that has led him to create the documentary, Discovering Bigfoot, which was released on Netflix. He has not received any compensation from that deal.

Regardless of whether a belief in the hominid or not, the transplanted Albertan has made it his mission to prove the existence, whether be through the courts of Canada and the United States, or by sharing his footage in his documentary Discovering Bigfoot.

The trailer to Todd Standing’s documentary, Discovering Bigfoot.

The 45-year-old, who currently calls British Columbia home, has had a busy year in terms of trying to move his quest forward, to reveal the world of Sasquatch.

However, if striking up a conversation with him about his cryptozoological endeavours, he won’t hesitate to correct you on the misguided pigeon-hole people slide him into.

“I don’t use that term, cryptid. It’s just a B.S. term,” he said. “If you’re a cryptozoologist, you just say you are. There’s no degree. I do Sasquatch research.

“I’m a student of PhDs and scientists,” he added. “We do legitimate, hands-on research based on biology, primatology, anthropology.”

His interest in the much-debated hominid began while attending the University of Alberta for biology. He initially set out to prove there was no Sasquatch, but something inside of him changed.

“I was going to prove that they couldn’t exist in the ecology – that there was no ecological niche for them to survive within,” Standing recalled, adding he would eventually be sent in another direction because he captured them on film.

He’s trained in tracking by First Nations tracker, Maskwa, a.k.a Two Bears, and his mentors include survival expert Les Stroud, wildlife biologist John Bindernagel and anthropologist Jeff Meldrum.

He said he discovered a way to prove the species was real and ultimately wanted to pass along his findings to Fish and Wildlife departments, in order for them to take over the study.

“They have refused to do. That’s why it turned into a species protection movement with signatures,” Standing said. “In fact, legally, they won’t even say they exist. They’re prepared to be deceitful about this. They acknowledge it by saying nothing.”

Standing attempted to raise awareness to the species in January. He also claimed that the provincial government has committed a “dereliction of duty”. He filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

In September, 2018, Justice Kenneth Ball dismissed the lawsuit levied against the British Columbian government.

“While the court is clearly without jurisdiction to embark upon an independent investigation of scientific matters, the court is also without jurisdiction to order the government of British Columbia to expend funds to conduct particular scientific investigations of the flora and fauna of the Province,” the decision read.

PHOTO COURTESY TODD STANDING
While on investigations in British Columbia and Alberta, Standing will don a Ghillie suit to blend in with the environment.

Additionally, Standing’s rights were not violated, the judged decided, and in that conclusion, Standing was forced to pay back the province’s legal costs.

David Karn, a spokesperson with British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, provided a statement to the Superstitious Times regarding Standing’s ongoing pursuit.

“We are confident in the court’s application of its power to strike out claims that have no reasonable prospect of success as an essential tool to promote efficiency and fairness in litigation,” he said in an email.

It’s an ongoing challenge for Standing to prove his point and share his evidence with the rest of the world, not only through means of documentarian work but through government collaboration.

The issue, perhaps part of the cultural fabric, is the ridicule witnesses’ face when trying to share their stories – to affix their names to the testimonies.

“Three women in a car saw a Sasquatch – one that I filmed in Radium – he put his hand on the hood of the car,” Standing said. “One of them is a nurse, the other a massage therapist. They’re well respected women in their community and they were told they were hallucinating.

“They saw him vividly. Nobody believes them. There was no newspaper article. Nobody cares. But they saw it.”

Even their own husbands and members of the community didn’t believe them.

With every failure, however, it’s tough to keep grinding it out. Repeated trips into the cold, unforgiving climate the Sasquatch call home, has shortened Standing’s lifespan.

“There have been days where I laid down to die, and something inside me stirs, pushing me forward, ‘You can do this’,” he said. “I’ve permanently damaged my lungs by running in -40, -50 degree weather. You hear me coughing and making weird noises because I’ve slept out in the cold weather.”

But it is worth it.

“I love my life. I want to live long enough to see my grandchildren. I love this planet. I love being a human being, and these are just the sacrifices I’ve made,” Standing said.

4 Comments

  1. Johnny Whitson

    Todd Standing is an honest man that has suffered ridicule. He’s not swayed by it and will keep on trucking in the quest to prove Sasquatch is real and needs our protection.

  2. Karen LaPine

    Stand tall and be strong Todd! Just as you are certain without a doubt that Sasquatch exists, I am just as certain that aliens do and I have a picture to prove it. I have been shut down by MUFON and their so called ‘experts’ but I KNOW what my picture shows. Keep doing what you’re doing Todd. There have been WAY too many sightings and these folks are not crazy. I love your work and have deep respect for your research.

  3. Jacquelyn Pane

    Hello Todd. I am Jacquelyn Pane, a physical therapist living in Lexington NC. I messaged you my real life story a few weeks ago.
    Anyway, I saw a video of you on YouTube and I wanted to tell you my bigfoot incidents that continue to happen on our property. We have lived at this property for 13 years and noticed bigfoot activity 5 years ago up until just this past week ago. We share our property with a family of bigfoot. My mom had a sighting of a mother and baby, my brother in law had three rocks now thrown at him, my husband and I have heard countless vocalizations, and I have had three broad daylight sightings, not including night ones too. One sighting was daylight, 35 feet away, while walking my three dogs on their leaches. The closest sighting was of a bigfoot 9.5 foot tall. He walked from behind my barn to the tree line. He opened the thick bushy wood line with both hands, he lifted his foot and stepped into the forest on our property. I watched him take several strides and I was observing his gait. He walked different from a human gait which I noticed being a physical therapist. I have also heard two different ones talking to each other for 20 minutes from the two ridgelines on our property. I was planting daylilies in the ground kneeling when I heard their vocalizations, and when I finally stood up, I heard a third one yell from a different area of our property and all talking stopped after that yell. I would like to talk to you and tell you much more details. They make different teepee structures by my neighbor’s creek, they make blinds in the woods by turkey game trail, and my husband found 3 bedding structures. I can talk to you about these three structures. The bigfoot put X shaped huge tree logs to block use humans. These logs are carried because they are not by any stumps. They bend arches with younger trees and hold down the top of the trees down to make archways. There is a large cave on our property and 2 walkways they block with a bunch of branches. There are old wooden outbuildings on our property they like to use. Anyway, it would be great to talk to someone else who knows they exist. I was a skeptic until I saw one 35 feet away. I saw his muscles move under his skin. I saw he had hair not fur. Bigfoot’s hair was all different lengths. I saw how he walked different from a human gait. I saw his skull in the back of his head was more pronounced than our skull. Other bigfoot in the woods was throwing dirt at me and making different bird calls. I turned around after hearing an owl call. An owl in daylight with three other birds… i realized it was a distraction. I turned around towards my barn and there he was walking in a clearing feet from me going to the tree line. I am not crazy. My mother in law still doesn’t believe they exist. I tell her what did I see then? She has to see with her own eyes like I had to. Please contact me and I will tell you my bigfoot incidents.
    Thank you.

  4. Michael Van Volkenburg

    I wish Todd would start a go fund me page. I believe the contributions would be immense.

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