This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending this event. I met some new people, reunited with old friends and listened to some great presentations.
I had planned on interviewing Dr. Meldrum but he never got a chance to rest! He was either chatting with his fans or being whisked away to dinner.
I did get to meet a nice teenage boy named Jay who I follow on twitter and I have decided to share HIS story about the weekend! Jay did an awesome job covering the event! His blog is called Bizarre Zoology and can be viewed here.
Monday, February 18, 2013Science and Strange Animal Sightings at Cabela’s
I just spent a great weekend (February 15, 16, and 17) at the outdoors outfitter known as Cabela’s in West Virginia. The event that I attended was the Cabela’s Strange, Rare and Unusual Sightings Seminar. This event had presentations by Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum (professor of physical anthropology), Billy Williard (director of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia), Eric Altman (senior director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society), David Dragosin (Western director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society), and Stan Gordon (Bigfoot and paranormal researcher). This event was sponsored by Cabela’s, and I would like to give a big thank you to them (and Bud Forte, especially) for making this great weekend possible.
The theme of the seminar was to examine reports of strange or unidentifiable animals that people have seen in the woods with scientific minds, instead of speculation or subjective opinions. I was very glad of this, as I feel that we really need to start using more scientific methods in the search for animals that are unidentified yet reported. Below are some images that were shown prior to the presentations. The first images are from a sequence of trail camera photographs from West Virginia which seem to show a large felid. It has been suggested that these photographs show an Eastern Cougar (Puma concolor couguar), a felid that is supposed to be extinct in West Virginia and other parts of the Eastern United States. Size comparisons were able to be made, and it does seem to be a decently large felid.
See his pictures and read the rest of his blog here