Dec 16, 2021 I Nick Redfern

When the World of UFOs Crossed Paths with Monsters: Bigfoot and the U.S. Government

Yes, there most really is a connection between Bigfoot and the U.S. government! And, it's not just a case of one incident here and another one there, and that's it. Indeed, despite the fact that so many monster-hunters don't like it, the reality is that Bigfoot and aliens do cross-paths. On the night of November 28, 2014, on the hugely popular radio show, Coast to Coast, author and Sasquatch expert Stan Gordon spoke about his Bigfoot research and writing. Gordon’s Bigfoot studies demonstrate a connection between the strange beasts and multiple, weird phenomena – including matters of a psychic nature and also UFOs. One of the issues that Gordon discussed on the show was Bigfoot’s seeming ability to remain unaffected when blasted with bullets.  This was made clear in the summary of Gordon’s interview, which appeared at the Coast to Coast website the very next day: "[Gordon] explained that, in October of 1973, witnesses spotted a slow-moving, bright red UFO apparently land in the pasture of a farm…Suddenly, they noticed two Bigfoot creeping along a barbed wire fence about 75-feet away from the UFO and making those strange sounds." One of the men "…then tried shooting the Bigfoot with live ammunition, but the bullets had no effect and the creatures wandered off into the woods."

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(Nick Redfern) Nick Redfern and Stan Gordon

It largely all began in 1973 and came to a sudden halt in 1974: that was when one of the strangest waves of Bigfoot activity ever occurred - in the Keystone State, Pennsylvania. No, scrap that: it was the strangest such wave. Period. In many respects, the whole thing was extremely reminiscent of the menacing and sinister 1966-1967 affair of the blazing-eyed Mothman: the M.I.B. were prowling around, UFOs were soaring across the skies by night, and the townsfolk were on an absolute edge. Really, the only difference between the 1960s and 1973 was the nature of the monster: Mothman was replaced by Bigfoot. Things really took off with a very weird phone call – the absolute "calling-card" of the M.I.B. – to one of the most dedicated researchers of the Bigfoot phenomenon, Stan Gordon. Unlike so many people in the domain of Bigfoot research, Stan astutely, and quickly, realized – just like John Keel back in the 1960s – there was something seriously strange about the Bigfoot enigma; something that strongly suggested the Bigfoot were not just unknown animals. They were way beyond that.

As for that late-night phone call, it came from a mysterious man who wanted to speak with Gordon about Bigfoot. He – the man, not Bigfoot - had connections to the Bureau of Sports, Fisheries and Wildlife, which was put together as a body of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - an arm of the Department of the Interior. Okay, it wasn’t exactly a cloak-and-dagger-type call from the likes of the CIA, the NSA or the FBI. Nevertheless, it certainly caught the attention of Stan Gordon. Indeed, he listened very carefully. He had good reason to. Gordon's caller wanted to let him know that if anything – anything at all - relative to evidence of the existence of Bigfoot surfaced, then he, Gordon, should let him know as soon as possible. Since the agency handled matters relative to wildlife legislation and law, Gordon realized it wasn’t out of the realms of possibility he should have gotten such a call – and particularly because this call corresponded with the sudden beginning of the Bigfoot wave catching the attention of just about everyone in the area.

As for the matter of the strange phone-calls, all went quiet for a while. Things really changed, however – and in somewhat of a disturbing fashion - in October 1973. Gordon didn’t get a spooky phone call. No. Instead, he got something even more amazing and wholly unanticipated: nothing less than a knock on the door from two staff-members of none other than one John Herman Dent. He just happened to be none other than Pennsylvania’s Congressman. And what, exactly, did those two characters who knocked on the door want? I’ll tell you: they wanted to talk about Bigfoot. While the two were not of the pale, grim and menacing M.I.B. category, they certainly made it clear to Gordon they were extremely intrigued by the rising Bigfoot wave – and the overall subject, too. And they wanted Gordon to stay in touch, should there be any particularly significant cases. As it happens, such a thing did happen. A well-timed coincidence? Or, did Congressman Dent’s people know more than they let on to a baffled Gordon? For Stan Gordon it was a case of: welcome to the world of paranoia. Stan, to his credit and strength of mind, embraced it.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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