|MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN|
New approach for approaching Bigfoot
BREMERTON — Matthew Johnson had done all the things he thought would attract Bigfoot, the elusive humanoid some believe makes the forests of the Northwest its home.
For 10 years he banged sticks together, set up trail cameras, whooped into the woods and basically, as he put it Saturday at the Bigfoot Habituation Research Conference at the Baymont Inn in Bremerton, acted like the Sasquatch paparazzi.
He collected his share of footprints, scat piles and bedding nests.
But then he starting thinking, “So what?”
“Is this all I’m going to get?”
Now he advocates what is called the “habituation” approach — the Jane Goodall approach, he said — where those seeking to encounter the woodland giants simply approach prospective habitat respectfully, offer gifts or food, and let the Bigfoots get used to the presence of homo sapiens.
Johnson, a psychologist from Puyallup who works at Western State Hospital, said the approach has led him to have multiple encounters with Bigfoot, and this weekend’s conference, billed as “How to really find Bigfoot,” was a first to gather those who want to try a new tack.
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