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The Unethical and Potential Dangers of Bigfoot Baiting - Part 3

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The Unethical and Potential Dangers of Bigfoot Baiting
by Cindy Bowers


Part 3-Food

Another unethical practice is the gifting of food, especially food placed in plastic containers or with high sugar content. Animals that live in the wild who become habituated, lose their natural fear of man, and become dependent on the food provided. Not only are these animals becoming dependent on the food sources, but they are eating unnatural foods such as cookies, donuts and peanut butter. These foods are high in sugar and will cause health problems for the animals, such as tooth decay and potentially diabetes. If that isn't bad enough, they are chewing through the plastic lids and containers, inadvertently consuming the plastic.

Studies on wildlife have shown that plastic kills animals as it builds up in their digestive tracts. The California Coastal Commission in their article “The Problem With Marine Debris,” had this to say about the plastic debris: “Birds, fish and mammals can mistake the p…

The Unethical and Potential Dangers of Bigfoot Baiting - Part 2

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The Unethical and Potential Dangers of Bigfoot Baiting
by Cindy Bowers


Part 2-Children

A second area of unethical behavior involves the use of children in the field as a potential attractant through their laughter or through crying. This practice poses a risk to their safety, both physically and mentally. A crying child might attract Bigfoot, but also might attract the previously mentioned predators, and the fear they feel while out in the field may cause physiological damage to the child. Twenty years of therapy for a chance at a photograph simply is not right, and it borders on child abuse. Peter Muris and Andy Field, specialists in children’s psychology, had this to say regarding children’s fears: “Evidence from the literature on adult phobias also shows that fears during childhood should be taken seriously...and noted that specific phobias tend to begin at a fairly young age: animal phobias had an onset age as early as 7 years” ( 130). Children who are watching TV shows or movies th…

The Unethical and Potential Dangers of Bigfoot Baiting - Part 1

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The following paper was submitted to me by bigfoot investigator Cindy Bowers. In the following article Cindy discusses some of the negative impacts of baiting practices used by bigfoot researchers on a regular basis, as well as offering a few more positive alternatives. I encourage everyone to take the time to read through the entire paper, which I have broken down into three parts for convenience.

The Unethical and Potential Dangers of Bigfoot Baiting
by Cindy Bowers

Part 1-Scent Attractants

Every year hundreds of enthusiastic researchers head to the woods, gear in tow, carrying cameras, tents, and various baiting strategies. They enter the woods with one goal in mind: that of finding Bigfoot. The goal of discovery in and of itself is a self-sacrificing cause, often costing the researcher time and money. What drives some of these men and women to do what they do? For some it is the possibility of a new species being discovered, studied, cataloged, and written about. For others, it is t…