The Olympic Project has been on a roll lately. Derek Randles is currently assembling a team of Bigfoot researchers who will bring cutting edge surveillance techniques to the field. Many of these new members have years of experience, and Derek Randles' latest team announcement on Facebook now includes another heavy hitter, Dennis Pfohl.
According to various sources, Pfohl worked with the Erickson Project and claims he saw and shot video of Bigfoots many times in habituation sites like Maple Ridge, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. Rumor has it that the videos he shot is featured in the Erickson Project's documentary.
Here's an article talking about the Erickson Project and Dennis Pfohl from August 2011:
Although Erickson captured sasquatch several times in clear, crisp images, he soon realized people would still dismiss his video as a hoax.
“The more evidence we got, scientists started backing away further and we got really tired,” he says.
“We realized DNA was the only thing.”
He hired Dr. Leila Hadj-Chikh, a biologist, who has a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, from Princeton University, along with Dennis Pfohl who set out to collect blood, saliva, hair and skin samples.
A resident of Colorado, Pfohl, is an avid outdoorsman who had some strange encounters while camping in the backcountry.
Married with four children, he has spent the past six years hunting sasquatch with a camera and baiting them with food for samples of their DNA. The Erickson Project picked sites in Maple Ridge, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama where they knew they could get close to the creatures.
Pfohl says the reports from those locations were credible and the sasquatch were known to return to the areas, especially to snack on human food.
Much like bears, it seems the sasquatch have a taste for garbage and sweet things. Pfohl spent six months of the year visiting the research sites, trying to perfect his techniques.
He’s missed birthdays, many Christmases, his son’s graduation.
“Cumulatively it takes thousands of hours to collect the DNA,” he says.
“I have spent days in tree stands, on the ground, in tall weeds, with ticks, rain, snow, hell.”
Pfohl’s baited the sasquatch with dog food but finds cakes and candy – Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Susie Qs – are what they like best.
He’d leave them at the site for two or three days and is confident it was sasquatch that took the snacks rather than a raccoon or bear.
He also figured pancakes were an inexpensive and quick-to-create bait.
When he didn’t have time to cook pancakes, he’d drive to a local McDonalds and buy a stack. Sasquatch like them smothered in syrup. “I often think I’m leading to their early death by cardio vascular disease. Or the poor things will end up with tooth decay because of all the sweets,” he says with a laugh.
Pfohl sees himself as someone on a mission to find answers.
“A lot of scientists won’t risk their reputations or careers on this,” he says.
“The discovery of a species – a bipedal hominid – that is the greatest discovery of modern day man.
“How could they live all these years and we didn’t know they were there?
“The fact is people do see them. Hunters talk about them all the time but no one acknowledges it. People think I’m nuts.”