Friday, December 23, 2016

Michael Cook, the greatest researcher searches for Bigfoot!

Bigfootologist/field researcher and author Michael Cook holds a footprint cast that he made found from a print found in Harlan County at a recent Bigfoot seminar held at the Madison County Public Library.

It appears something very big is lurking at the Pinnacles in Berea. This is according to Michael Cook from Cook Cryptid Research and Glenn Mink, Squatch investigator, who have been looking in the area for the legendary Bigfoot.

During a recent presentation at the Madison County Public Library, Cook and Mink spoke about their recent exploits on the Indian Fort Mountain Trail and their experiences there. The men were joined at the seminar by their friend, Ed Brown, who hosts several popular Youtube Channels.

Cook said while scouting the Pinnacles, he and Mink had came across broken and twisted branches. This, he said, might not have been a big deal if the broken twists had not occurred so high.

[Michael Cook was roasted heavily on Off the Rictor this year]

In a presentation video, Mink showed off stacks of rocks, which looked as if they had been placed by an intelligent creature. Mink restacked the rocks in another order, and came back to find them rearranged again.

Trail camera pictures from the Pinnacles were “tripped” at various times. Cook turned out the lights so the audience could see the picture on the projector a bit better. He directed everyone’s attention to shining points on the picture, which could be attributed to lights from houses in the distance or stars. However, the mountain in the background of the picture does not have houses on its sloping ground, and stars do not rest in mountains.

This left Cook to come to the conclusion that the lights could be the wide set eye shines of a Bigfoot.

During the same visit, both men stated they heard something large be thrown above their head hitting several trees.

The researcher said he went to the Pinnacles last year with a friend, and during that time, he said he heard several sounds that led him to believe that the area could be inhabited by a juvenile creature after he heard a loud definitive one-wood knock. Their investigation still continues.

During the seminar, Cook went through Bigfoot 101.

The crowd was asked to state what they thought Bigfoot is. Answers varied from a bipedal creature covered in fur, an ape, not human, and something humans should leave alone.

Cook said all the audience members were correct, because the number one answer to what Bigfoot is — no one knows. There are only theories.

Cook explained that his field of study is cryptozoology, which is a pseudoscience involving the search for creatures whose existence has not been proven due to a lack of evidence.

“It is impossible for two people to make up the same lie,” said Cook, noting that Bigfoot has been mentioned by thousands of people worldwide who have never met each other, including monks, Native Americans, hunters and hikers.

Cook looked at various forms of evidence, including footprints. The cryptid researcher brought footprint casts that he gathered in Harlan. Other pieces of evidence include hair and eyewitness accounts.

People who have a

bigfoot encounter often describe three main characteristics: big, hairy and smelly, he said.

Cook said there are three classifications of sightings. Type A includes a visual sighting within 150 feet. Type B includes hearing a vocalization or tree knocks, or seeing footprints or tree structures, and the feeling of being watched. And Type C is a secondhand sighting. Cook said that type B is the most common form of sighting.

A hoax can often be spotted by the attention to detail, he said, as well as unbelievable or unconceivable stories, body language and lack of eye contact.

“As much as we would like to believe that all sightings are true, they are not,” said Cook.

Cook instructed new field researchers on things they might need, such as proper hiking shoes/boots, absorbent socks, cargo pants, long sleeved shirts and hats/bandanas. Always wear visible clothing to account for hunters, and pack enough gear for an overnight stay and survival essentials, he added. A good researcher also carries a camera, a small spade shovel, plaster for casting footprints, and select other supplies.

In 2011, Cook started the Kentucky Sasquatch Team, which he disbanded, later creating Cook Cryptid Research. With his new venture, he is branching out to other cryptid creatures beyond Bigfoot.

Cook said his interest in the unknown began when he was 16, living in Harlan County and had a chance encounter. Cook had skipped school to go fishing at Martin’s Fork Lake.

Cook heard something move across the ridge. He thought it was bird, squirrel or maybe a deer. Then it just stopped.

“I don’t know if this thing took a wrong step, slipped on some leaves or lost its footing on a steep hill, but it came tumbling out of mountain,” he said. “It sounded like someone threw a Volkswagen Beetle from the top of that ridge and it was rolling.”

Cook said he saw the big ball of hair roll off into the river. Initially thinking what he saw was a bear, Cook laid down his fishing pole preparing to flee. However, Cook said the animal rose up and he soon realized he was not looking at something he had seen before, but what appeared to be an eight-foot, approximately 350 to 400 pound Bigfoot.

The creature waded across the river with its arms held up. It took one step up the five-foot embankment and shook itself dry. Its hair was dark brown with hints of red, said Cook, with longer hair hanging seven to eight inches from its elbows.

“It turned and looked at me,” Cook said. “We locked eyes. It was like you know what I am and I know what you are. Then it grunted three or four times. Every time it would, you could see the muscles flex in this thing.”

Cook said he ran to his vehicle 100 feet away, where he waited, hearing the creature scream a few times before going to retrieve his fishing gear.

As he grew up, Cook said his search for Bigfoot knowledge consumed him, eventfully becoming a field researcher and author.

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