Mad River Sasquatch Study Group
Ohio's Birds Of Prey
Ohio is home to a large variety of winged predators. The list includes different species of Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Owls. While most of Ohio's birds of prey can be seen and heard during the daylight hours, the night belongs to Ohio's Owl population. The Owl is a skilled, and elusive creature. You are most likely to hear an Owl than to see one. The incredible sounds they make range from whistles, screams, screeches, to the famous hoot. The Barred Owl is most commonly found in areas of alleged Sasquatch activity. Their loud , sharp whistle can make a novice in the woods, stop in their tracks and wonder who or what made the sound. Many of the "Bigfoot whistles" collected on audio devices and reported to investigators, are nothing more than sounds of the Barred Owl. In fact, in the Ohio Valley, you are more likely to hear an Owl whistle or scream, than you are to hear the famous "hoot hoot" that they are accredited for. So the next time you are in the woods at night and someone whistles at you, look to the tree tops instead of shining your flashlight around on the ground. Odds are, you will find a large pair of eyes glaring back at you from the branches of a tree.
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Page Two: Where Are They?
Page Three: What Have You Found?
Page Four: Are There Different Species of Sasqauatch?
Page Five: Who Are We?
Page Six: Are They Gorillas?
Page Seven: Strange but true
Page Eight: The Miami Valley of Ohio
Page Nine: The Legends of Cedar Bog
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Ohio's woodlands and forests find themselves home to a variety of wildlife. It's vast farm lands provide an excellant food source to a large host of wildlife. Ranging from Coyotes, Bears, Fox, Bobcat, and many more, it is almost a daily ocurrence in the Ohio Valley to see wild animals while traveling through the state. Ohio has one of the largest White Tail Deer populations around. And animals once extirpated from the area are making a comeback in the Ohio Valley. Beavers are once again calling Ohio's many streams and rivers home. In the last 15 years the Coyote population has grown to the point where in some counties they are considered a threat to other wildlife. The Great Bald Eagle can be seen once again, soaring high overhead, searching for it's daily prey. almost all of Ohio's wildlife enjoys the status of being a "protected" species. This allows the populations to grow, and suceed in the rich environment offered here. The fact that Ohio's industry and residential areas are growing, has provided a great deal of acclimation to human presence. Animals that once ran at the mere sound of a human, now stand and look on in curiosity. Along with the growing population of wildlife , comes the growing concerns for other problems to arise. Rabies for example, is becoming a common word in Ohio once again. Racoons and Bats are found to carry this disease on a regular basis. Crop damage and livestock kills also are on the rise leading some residents and law makers to believe that population controls need to be put in place on our wildlife. But most of all, Ohio's wildlife can be, and are, directly responsible for the many "Bigfoot" sightings and sounds that are reported. In this section we will explain the different habits and life styles of many of our animal friends to better explain how they are often mistaken for something they are not.
Ohio's forest singers. The Coyote is a highly intelligent, and very cunning member of the woodland community. Their, now famous yips,barks, and howls, can be heard throughout the Ohio Valley. With each Coyote having a distinct and different bark or howl, it is an eerie pleasure to listen in the evenings as they communicate back and forth with one another.
Having the privelage of a large pack or colony living in a multi-acre wooded area behind my home, I can attest to the amazing abilities and sounds that they have. It is common to find large pieces of rabbit fur in our backyard. It is also common to look out the window in the early evenings and see one or two of these crafty animals walking through the yard or eating Peaches from our trees when they are ripe. It is also no surprise to be awakened in the wee hours of the morning to the sounds of their howling and barking close to the house. One neighbor close by raises Geese. On many occaisions we have seen the Coyote moving through the field surrounding the fenced in area where they are kept. Barks and yips ring out as though they are coordinating their plan of attack. The one thing that seems to always stand in their way are the Donkeys that are kept in the pen with the Geese. One would never guess that Donkeys are excellant guardians, and will provide a fierce fight to any Coyote brave enough to challenge them or the animals they call friends. But, to this date, not a single Goose has been lost to the persistent Coyote.
Many of the areas that we have investigated for alleged "Sasquatch" activity have provided scores of evidence as to the presence of Coyote. Almost every area where "strange howls" or "screams" were reported, the tell-a-tale signs of Coyote have been found. The long mournful or "siren" howl that has been reported as Bigfoot can be heard almost on a nightly basis in the Ohio Valley. It is something I have heard personally, many times, and it comes from no other than, Ohio's Song Dog. The yips and barks of the Coyote closely resemble screams and even whistles at times. For someone who is not accustomed to the sounds of Coyote, it is easy to understand how they could be classed as "strange" or "unusual". Combine that with the antics of Hollywood, and soon the common howl of the Coyote becomes A Sasquatch calling for it's mate, or warning the forest of their presence.
The Black Bear
The Black Bear of Ohio. By the late 1850's Black Bears had been extirpated from the Ohio Valley. They, along with the Eastern Timber Wolf, had been driven out by settlers and farmers. But within the mid 1980's, Black Bears began to make a comeback in the Ohio Valley. To date, there are confirmed sightings that cover the entire eastern half of Ohio. In fact by 2005, 25 counties in Ohio had confirmed reports of Black Bear sightings. There have been numerous reports of domestic and farm animals who have fallen prey to Ohio's Bear. And it is believed that many alleged "Bigfoot" sightings can be attributed to the Black Bear. Not always black, their colors can be a range of browns, and reddish browns. Their size is often exploited, for a Bear, they are rather small. Adult Bears can range from 2-3 feet in length and weigh in from 125 to 600 pounds. They prefer to live in hardwood forest areas, but can be seen on occaision, taking a leisurely stroll through an open meadow. Like the Coyote, Black Bears are omnivores, and will make a meal out of just about anything. They are excellant tree climbers, and despite their size and bulk, swift runners. Seen at a distance climbing a tree, it would be easy to mistake a Black Bear for a creature that is "covered in fur and 10-12 feet tall. The groaning and grunting sounds made by the Black Bear could also make up for the many reports of "Bigfoot" grunting at someone from close by. Mother Bears are heard to make a long mournful howl as they summon their cubs. In addition, the large, clawed footprints left behind by a wandering Bear, can and often are attributed to the legend of Sasquatch. The Black Bear are protected in the State of Ohio, and their numbers continue to slowly increase. One can only speculate that perhaps one day we will see the return of the Eastern Timber Wolf as well. To date, despite the many claims, Wolves do not inhabit the Ohio Valley.