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Monday, 18 April 2016

The British Wild Man

About 3(?) months ago I left a comment on a You Tube video where some unfortunate soul claimed that he had found a stick in woodland. It was, he was 100% sure, a wild man's "knocking stick".  I pointed out, based on the clear video footage of the stick was just a stick and had obviously lain around a long while. In fact, this is what I wrote:

"Sorry to disillusion you but you are seeing natural wear and decay as signs of something they are not. Squirrels strip bark. Mice and rats nibble at bark -as do rabbits. I have several such sticks from trees in my back garden and the cut at the end is instrument (saw) made. I'm a naturalist and walk through the middle of woods and come across people out walking away from regular footpaths. Also, shelters: in the woods around here there are three different homeless people living in lean-tos and there are a LOT of homeless people doing this today -that's excluding bush-craft people. AND people ALWAYS use old branches as sticks walking through woods -I see that all the time. Then the sticks are left and someone else sees it later and uses it. IF you have any physical evidence please get in touch because I really am interested in what you find."

I heard no more.

Today I get a message via You Tube "+Terry Hooper What, no reply after 3 months? Owned."

Well, as I received no response how could I reply?  I was quite open and honest and genuinely interested in any evidence.  I'm sorry if this poor person thinks a stick or a broken branch or a lean-to is evidence of some wild-man.

It just isn't. This whole UK wild-man hysteria is quite modern and citing a ghost story of cave-men (possibly) seen dancing around on a cliff but quoting it twice and at different locations does not help. These people do not help themselves when screeching that scientists and experts will simply not look into their claims seriously and then, when a serious offer is made, out-rightly attack that person on Face Book and offer no more cooperation (but apologise privately to avoid looking stupid -I keep ALL my communications) well, says a lot.

There are no relic populations of wild-men or Bigfoot type creatures in the United Kingdom. There is absolutely no evidence.  Again, broken tree limbs, lean-tos, hearing a noise in the dark or from deep undergrowth is nothing. The alleged photographs of these creatures -not one person would come forward or offer them for analysis.  Why not if what they want are people from real scientific fields to take them seriously and look at the 'evidence'.

How childish can you get -"Owned"?  Did the man want a debate on a stick?? He could have emailed me or contacted me via the wild-man's Face Book page but no. He waits three months....I was feeding Bigfoot in my back garden for cripes sake.

The US has a big UFO then abduction hysteria.  The UK copies that later on.  Bigfoot in the US and wild-men (I have no doubt) in Eurasia.  So, I, in decades of looking at all sorts of rare sources, newspaper accounts (see Some More Things Strange & Sinister) not to mention the people I have spoken to -some living bang smack in the middle of UK "wild-man" territory for 50 or 60 years and know all the ghost stories and local legends -not one says "Oh, and there are those wild-men of course"?

And the US has the whole "Goat-man" and "Wolf-man" hysteria (again thanks to a huge number of dreadful un-factual US TV shows) and what is the UK getting now? Wolf-man sightings.

All promoted by authors who have a vested interest in keeping this trash going. Lectures, talks and TV appearances as well as books.  Not one single piece of physical evidence.  I've looked at everything available.  Nothing.

You offer to help with an open mind and these people get nasty and will not cooperate because they know they have nothing.  I tried my best and even ignored the insults repeating things over and over so they would understand. Nothing -and this was on "the" UK group.

In case you want to see the stick in question I'll post it below -apparently you have to go through his videos to find the date he found this piece of hard evidence because he cannot remember when...and he could not be bothered checking his own videos or notes IF he has notes. Incidentally, I have two sticks that look exactly the same that I took from woodland so maybe I have UK "Bigfoot" evidence?

The only thing this man "owns" is an old stick.  Pathetic.

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