Many followers of the MogollonMonster.com team know about the efforts we go through to research the Bigfoot. We go about things quite differently than most other Bigfoot organizations. One of our methods is we don’t chase the Bigfoot. I realized many years ago that the typical Bigfoot techniques were not producing results. It became quite obvious the Bigfoot were quite superior to humans in the forest. The only thing man had going for them was technology. The Bigfoot could out see, hear, smell, run, and hide than humans could. We were in their territory which they knew every tree, stone, and cave. Taking into account the vastness of the forest, it would be a futile effort to try to track or chase the Bigfoot.
Instead, I decided to try to intrigue them in such a manner they would come to me or my group, and one of the best ways to do that was through food. While out in the forest familiarizing ourselves, I located several abandoned apple orchards from old nonfunctioning homesteads from the early pioneer settlers. I noticed these areas were always active with numerous kinds of animals who came to eat the apples. I began to take care of these trees and within a couple of years, the production of apples had increased many fold. In turn, the animal activity increased. It was the perfect pace to set cameras. Reason being is not only could the Bigfoot eat the apples, but the large population of animals in the area made hunting much easier. This place was the place for animals and Bigfoot to come to eat or hunt.
I called this effort the Bigfoot Garden of Eden Project. It wasn’t long before I found the apple trees from the orchards had propagated several generations of apple seeds down the creeks. This was done by animals eating the apples and then depositing the seeds near the creeks when they came for water. This inspired me to catalog all of the locations of these trees which in turn yielded up the locations of several other orchards. I started caring for these trees also.
Eventually, the project included berry bushes, grapes, and various other indigenous fruit/vegetable producing plants. Things were progressing very well. Not only were the animals of the area benefiting, but so were the humans. The humans started showing up to harvest the free apples, berries, and plants, and this made me rethink the project. I decided to start planting the indigenous trees and plants in various places in which humans were less likely to frequent to harvest fruit. Again, the project was going well.
Then there came the fire. It was supposed to be a controlled fire, but the wind caught it and it spread through the area. A major portion of the area burned along with the apple trees and food sources. I watched the area for over a year to see if the area would recover or if the Forest Service would replant. It did not happen. It is still full of charred and burnt tree stumps and the only thing thriving is the Black Locus bushes which are nothing but thick, thorn filled bushes.
I was asked if I was going to replant the apple trees, and food sources for the surviving animals. For now, the answer is NO. Anything growing new is almost immediately eaten by the animals. And, I have no jurisdiction or permission to plant anything in the forest. However, if I do replant or continue the project it will be by invitation and/or on private property. The reason being is the forests are no longer public domain. They belong to the Forest Service or the State. And, the act of playing “Johnny Appleseed” is highly frowned upon by government agencies. If they would allow such reforestation, I would be very willing to do my part. However, I am looking for private land parcels where the owners would allow me to start a new Bigfoot Garden of Eden.