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Interview With Todd Standing: Slyvanic Bigfoot

Submitted by on January 17, 2010 – 12:16 PM28 Comments | 3,566 views


Due to the controversies that surround the “Sylvanic Bigfoot” project, we decided to do a quick Q&A style interview with Todd Standing.

If you are not familiar with the “Sylvanic Bigfoot” case, I suggest you check out this link to get yourself familiar with what GhostTheory and a reader who goes by “ME” have uncovered in the quest to find the truth about the Sylvanic project.

The interview questions were asked a week prior to our knowing of ME’s investigation and what he had uncovered. What follows are questions from the editors at GhostTheory.

One of our readers (Henry), made this comment:
Then feel free to read on where he contradicts himself describing first: Sylvanic… is the name of the canyon pass that leads to an enormous valley…” then in a later blog posting tells us that the valley is accessible only by a tunnel through the mountains, or by belaying down a mountain. So how did the bison get in there?

GT: Can you explain these discrepancies in your story?

The easiest way I knew of to get into the Sylvanic area was through a small tunnel that went under a mountain. There is a shot of this short tunnel in the mini documentary. The tunnel comes out in the canyon pass that leads to the valley. The alleged bison picture and accounting of bison in the Sylvanic area was a letter from someone else. I have never seen bison in that area.

GT: Surely you must be aware of the ‘Georgia Bigfoot hoax’ or the and how that played out for Tom Biscardi, or the ‘Johor Hominid hoax’ and how it crushed Vincent Chow’s reputation. Why do you think that withholding evidence or key information would be beneficial for yourself and these creatures? Surely no one in their right mind would go out and hunt them.

I absolutely know people do hunt and attempt to kill these animals. Dr. Grover Krantz openly advised people to kill one for the sake of proving its existence. I have personally been met by dozens of men whom have offered to pay me a significant amount of money to help them track and kill one of these animals. That would be disastrous. These animals live in groups and are devoted to one another, similar to their closest living primate relatives like chimps, gorillas, and humans. To kill one you would be risking your life unnecessarily and you would likely have to kill multiple members of the group as they would come back to defend their fallen family member. If you’re going to take on a group of primates that are over 7 feet tall weight in excess of 400lbs, that the first nations people refer to as the “Boss” or “Master of the Wilderness”, you are a fool as well as a blood thirsty killer. Especially since they are a peaceful, harmonious species that has caused you no harm.
It is imperative that my new research site remains confidential entirely for the sake of these animals. This species obviously has every desire to keep away from humans. Any sustained human presence to a Bigfoot habitat will result in these animals losing their home, whether you are hunting to kill them or just peacefully trying to get a picture. Loss of habitat equals loss of life.
If you really want to start studying this species find your own research site. If you don’t know how, we would be happy to teach you.

GT: If you search around the web for any information about the “Sylvanic Bigfoot”, most reputable researchers and Cryptozoologists seem to label your project as an obvious hoax that is marketed to selling a book or DVD documentary. With all this bad press, why don’t you approach the situation from a different perspective? It’s safe to say that the “Sylvanic project” has been active for a few years now and has not made any progress. In fact it seems to be treading backwards.

The initial media that I did was an enormous success. From the Canadian petition for species protection to the amazing men and women from around the world we now collaborate with. I have done no press or interviews for over 2 years and in that time rumours of all kinds have spread. People whom know this species to be a reality are fed up with all the hoaxes and B.S. I don’t blame them. Most of what we do is radically different from other researchers out there; our approach is very open minded and cooperative. Einstein said “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”.
People will believe when we have found a body that has expired due to natural causes.

GT: When you do go out to the wilderness to capture evidence of these creatures, why only bring a video camera of poor quality? In other words, why isn’t there any film of these creatures filmed in zoom and HD quality? It seems that going through all the trouble of hiking out there, you would at least rent good digital cameras to get clear evidence.

I think our video evidence is very good quality. Both videos where shot from less than 40 yards away. There is very little shake in the camera. And when you have no idea what direction the animal will be moving, you do not zoom in. Remember the animal you see in video 3 is moving faster then the fastest man on the planet could run, twisting and turning though dense foliage.
What most people don’t know is these videos were made to convince forestry officers to come with us. Our goal was to prove to forestry officers that we could get within 50 yards of these animals. The next step was to get them to come out and witness this species for themselves. Officially no branch of forestry or wildlife enforcement agency would come with us. Even now, for the last 2 months I have sent emails, letters, and made hundreds of phone calls to Primatetologist, Anthropologists, CNN, BBC, you name it, looking to take some one out on a series of expeditions to show them this species up close and personal. Let them make a video or take pictures. But no one steps up to the challenge when they understand the dangers of expeditions.

GT: Do you think you will find a Bigfoot corpse? I would think these creatures are organized enough to bury their dead (or at least entomb them). If this is the case, how will you attempt to proceed with proving their existence?

I know we can find a body that has expired due to natural causes. All it will take is time, patience and perseverance. Or perhaps someone else will. That’s why now, more than ever, our work is focused on cooperation.

GT: Why has the scientific community disbelieved you? How much quality evidence have you presented them?

The Scientific community is very conservative for the most part. The only evidence that will make them believe is an intact body. And rightly so. The fact that the most man like primate on the earth exists and no human can produce a body is to me nothing short of a miracle. These animals have evaded modern science to date. The reality of these animals will shake the pillars of the scientific community to its core. But before such a shock to the system can transpire, absolute proof must be presented.

GT: Do you plan on releasing more evidence in the near future?

I do hope to continue to release new evidence. Even today anyone that helps us with our work by gathering signatures for species protection or continually works towards the betterment of these animals is sent privileged information. Specifically, non-publicized chronicles of new experiences we have had with these animals in the past 2 years. Evidence we have observed first hand that at the very least will help people understand how amazing these animals are at evading humans.

GT: Why do you feel talking to the press is the best way to release information? Surely there has to be someone of a neutral nature who would be happy to be your advocate on this issue.

Talking to the press has worked very well for us in the past. Because of the fantastic support I received through the media 3 years ago, thousands of people showed up for the showings of our mini documentary that allowed us to gather thousands of signatures we had certified in our petition. The Sylvanic cooperation expanded exponentially thanks entirely to the media. I believe the messages we have to send out to people are important ones. I know when definitive proof is found people do care enough to ensure the survival of these animals.

But make no mistake about it, when we do find a body the media will be the last
to know. The body will be presented to the appropriate government agency
whom will then publically make “Bigfoot a protected species” throughout North
America. Through a cooperation between wildlife enforcement agencies and the
scientific community, Bigfoot habitats will be identify and protected. The ethical
study of these animals will be unlike anything the world has ever seen.

GT: Even with a find like this, you cannot find anyone scientifically qualified who would hike into their domain?

There are several scientists we cooperate with, and Michael, whom is the backbone the Sylvanic team, is a biologist from Great Falls, Montana. It was his strategies that made video 2 and 3 possible. He was present during the filming of video 2 and 3. There are currently 6 wildlife and forestry officers that are a part of the Sylvanic team—off duty of course, and not on any official capacity. Unfortunately, we have no one with hands on experience working with great apes, wild or captive. A scientist with practical great ape behavioural knowledge would be an enormous asset to our team at this point. Belief in Bigfoot in not a prerequisite. In fact, a firm non believer would be far more beneficial.

GT: Will you take the GhostTheory team along? we’re fit, tough and don’t talk much.

To scientists or media that are interested in coming out with me, there are a few things you need to be made aware of. There can be no more than the two of us. No teams, crews, sound guys or camera men. An expedition with me will take at least 6 days. After the first day you are in grizzly, black bear and mountain lion country. You are carrying food that attracts them, besides being food yourself. If you make one of a hundred minor mistakes like coming across a fresh kill or not recognizing predatory behaviour you will die. Often it is very difficult to sleep at night with all the potential predators lurking in the dark, so during the day when you are abnormally tired you’re more likely make a mistake that will cause you injury. Injuries can easily become life threatening when you are so far from medical attention. Avalanches, wolverines, landslides, badgers, rattlers… are all realities you will deal with on a daily basis.
You have to be in great physical shape. Daily treks are the equivalent of running a 30km marathon. From rock climbing over 1000 feet up, to crawling on your hands and knees silently for hours on end. And it may take a dozen of these expeditions before we are a success.
Most want me to guarantee their safety. The exact opposite is what I guarantee. I guarantee every time you trek out into this wilderness you are absolutely risking you life from one moment to the next.

Any seriously interested applicants can contact me through the website.

GT: That was a joke Todd….

We wish to thank Mr. Standing for taking the time to answer our questions.

What ever the truth may be about the Sylvanic Bigfoot, the truth will soon come out as more and more investigative work is being done from both sides of this argument about the existence of the place called Sylvanic by Mr. Standing, the evidence presented and the questionable actions that have been made.

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I'm a writer, a runner, and a hell of a coffee drinker residing in Los Angeles. I'm currently working on a book about Doris Bither and her terrifying account of a haunting in Culver City, California. The case was dubbed "The Entity" and it stands to be one of the most controversial cases ever to be studied by parapsychologists.

  • jbondo

    So Dave,

    Could it also be that the Z’s are connected in some way as well?

    I love how Todd wants desperately to take a journalist out with him but then lists all the hardships and ways to die. He then asks for anyone to suggest who he could take with him. It’s always the same spiel.

    His world is crumbling quickly and he can only watch as it disintegrates before his eyes.

  • ME

    Hehe, now I didn’t say that about the Z’s did I? :^)

  • TaZZ

    Okay, I kinda see your point on this guy using two IP adresses, but does that actually make him a hoaxer. Could the greeneyed girl be his girlfriend, as well as his assistant, who uses his computer, or better yet, Todd him self.. I just don’t see the grand picture, so why would anyone go through all this trouble just for a lie. What if someone actually took him up on his offer, would he just disappear. I seen this guy on youtube at Bigfoot events. I must say, ME, you’ve done your reasearch, but what you’ve found seems inconclusive…I mean there could be many reasons why his ip address is the same as someone else, maybe he wants to generate feedback from everyone, so he starts a conversation with his self, hoping everyone would join in…kinda like publicity. I mean it does sound like bs to me, but what makes his bs any different than anyones elses so-called bigfoot stories. I’m just shocked that no one has come fourth to join his bigfoot hunt. The hejj with all his threats about how you can die and all, bc I know if I had a chance I’d be the first on the plane….and if he was lying when I got there, he’d be the one that might die.

  • TaZZ

    Good Work, Dave. I def. see your point. Although, I had to follow some more links to really get it, but i do now.

  • ME

    TaZZ,

    According to Todd himself, he has had a Biologist accompany him, an Anthropologist, and a Botanist visit Sylvanic. Where are all their reports?

    He said he has also had a forensics examination done of hair which identified it as unknown species. He also says a Kineticist examined the footage. Where is that ACTUAL report other then something typed on screen?

    In his own words from BFF: “My name is Todd Standing and i documented the majority of chronicles on the website as well as led the expidition that shot the video that is currently getting so much attention, and collected the hair sample that foresic experts identified as an unknown species. What is new is a botanist that visited sylvanic last year seems to have found a new species of plant life.”

    Where are ANY of these experts reports? None of these allegedly present individuals have ever spoken of their field excursions with Todd, except for Todd.

    As for greeneyedgirl, the emails link her right to OutstandingProductions. OutstandingProductions is linked to Louise Standing, now Louise Greene. Todd for you, what is your little sister’s name?

    There is nothing inclusive about the different identities leading right back to Todd’s taZZ. That’s called solid proof he orchestrated the posts in order to steer the readers.

  • ME

    Just caught your second post there TaZZ after I posted the above response, glad you caught up on that.

  • Darren

    Great research guys!!!!!! What rhymns with Todd-FRAUD

  • Deana

    wow, I just happened across this thread, well I guess you all didn’t know Todd just returned (OCT 2010) from 8 days in the Rockies, did you see what he has? Guess not huh? I think you best have a look http://www.sylvanic.com/announcements.html

    Has the shock worn off yet?

    You don’t have to look-up my IP, I’m in Hudson, Massachusetts on Comcast cable and I don’t even know Todd nor do I know anyone who works for him, but……

    Apparently the jealous smart ass here, who has worked overtime trying to convince everyone that Todd has multiple personalities seems to have left out the most LOGICAL reason for the IP’s matching, he has an INTRA-NET at his company with more than one PC, and when each PC logins, its on the companies ONE static IP.

    I have the same thing at my home, 4 PC’s on a network, each one can be logged at the same time with each doing their own thing on the net, on the same IP number.

    Back to reality, I had an examiner download and dissect that very interesting picture on Todd’s site, (note how it says the rest of the yet released video are better than this released pitcute)……

    Here is the response I received this morning.

    I am leaving out the technical data, pay for your own examiner yourself, oh thats right your too busy fraudulently smearing other others good fortunes.
    _____,

    - the subject in the photo has not been added, it is part of the photo, meaning there has been no tampering.
    - the subject is either human and wearing a high tech mask, or is of robotics, or a genuine creature of some sort.
    - however, I was able to distinguish what appears to be a working pupil in the eye

    There is more but that’s all you idiots get.

  • redngreen

    Deana, despite your best efforts to convince the “idiots” that you don’t know Todd Standing…. well… kudos on paying to have the photo analyzed.

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  • http://www.educate-yourself.org Jon

    I’m just an interested passerby, believe me or not, I don’t expect it, but it seems to me there be a tag team of snide skeptics, gleefully, gloating, and back patting themselves on a proclaimed bust. The air of their mean spirited behavior does not sit well especially when compared to Todd’s gentle commentate.

    There are definitely very good points of concern brought forth for the sake of credulity but it is unbelievably premature to claim a BUST. Your approach (ME and taZZ) smacks of it’s own particular stench of insincerity and it’s own form of ego stroking. BTW, “ME”, I wanted to read the multiple posts by the same IP you claim as your source for this bust, but your LINK doesn’t work, ERROR 404, so I couldn’t. How inconvenient!

    Todd Standing who in all the dialogue I’ve read so far has come across as very reasonable and compassionate human being and at least appears to have actual field work experience. ME ME ME ME, who are you “ME”? What is your background and authority? Actually don’t bother! I don’t know Todd beyond this, Todd may indeed turn out to be the lead character for what is perhaps a cleverly packaged attempt for a top book seller but he’s putting far more on the line than you are ME, Dave, whoever.

    Maybe Todd is withholding information so he can fund and share this type of research honestly and sincerely. Or a mixture of truth and hype. Nothing is free, so if proving difficult to fund properly, without having a source of income, what does one do? Hopefully remain honest to the end.

    Beyond the scope of thread, is a slightly bigger picture, this BIGFOOT subject is of national security folks and a potential threat to big industry profit. For those so naive to trust that our GOVERNMENT and CONTROLLED mainstream media would have an interest in sharing with the general public, as TODD seems to be so willing to do, the CIA (of MK-ULTRA fame), NSA, DIA, and God knows what other CRYPTIC intel agency which include handshaking in all the governmental agencies including forest and land management agencies, not to mention big industry such as timber, mineral and oil companies, have a rather well known history for creating smokescreens/red herring/diversions and with the media, complete bull on something of this nature. “They” – Those various compartmentalized agencies and to whom they answer to are not above hiring or rather, employing trolls to do exactly the type of thing detractors like “ME” are doing here, FULL time (Not that “ME” IS one of THOSE). This would be just a tiny effort on their end to keep the lid on the truth as they will murder people to protect a secret if necessary. Profits are threatened with species protection Todd, come on get a clue, he seems unbelievably naive.

    Yet on his behalf, I say to ANY of the detractors ESPECIALLY “ME” should get off his or her asses and go research and document firsthand, go join Todd for a 30K run through the park for a week. How bout it? “ME”? That will be the day.

    Who am I? Just someone who has had some profoundly harsh life experiences and who in general, sincerely wants humanity and those who CARE about the truth, to better discern,and get it. Here specifically, I ask they very CARE-FULL-EE consider all levels of influence and to whom they listen, drawing any final conclusions at this point in this matter is ridiculous.

  • David R

    That’s right Jon, you don’t know ME. I’ve also spent more time in the wilds then you know and have walked more miles solo there then most. AND, you apparently have no idea about the number of encounters I’ve had with a sasquatch either. Kinda makes it hard for me to be a ‘detractor’. lol

    As for what you are trying to draw as detractors of bigfoot, you’ve got the wrong dude for sure. But what I don’t like are false claims from real self promoters.

    As for the broken link you found, I’m not sure which one you were trying to connect to. Or are you referring to the ones above? The ones that were actually shared by Javier of Ghosttheory? Ya ought to ask Javier if you have more to doubt there. lol The other site the IP corresponds to was at AlbertaSasquatch, which is a Join to visit site, which you are free to do. You’ll just have to be more specific about which link it was Jon unless you don’t actually want it addressed?

    You’ve REALLY got the wrong dude to label as a detractor Jon. And if there was no Search and Rescue of Todd as he has claimed, then he’s done for good because you DON’T falsely claim that an Official Search took place when it didn’t. I’ll reserve judgement on that until all the data comes in.

    It is funny tho that he has already been busted over the Metadata revealing that the photo was taken in August when that snow (or is that shaving cream?) was laying on the trees. He quickly removed the photo from his page. Hmm, now how convenient that is wouldn’t you say Jon?

  • bauctrian

    I’ve been reading the comments and still don’t understand how 3 people posting from one Ip means anything. So what… an ip is just that an ip. It’s like saying three people live in one house. Who cares. How does this prove him a fake? It’s irrelevant that the posts where orchestrated….ever read the forum on CNN? They have people sitting around all day to do that. Doesn’t mean all the news they post is invalid.
    Now the whole reason I found this site was the photo posted on coasttocoastam.com, when I did some quick checking, well the photo has been processed and the xif data striped. While this is certainly no definite indication of a fake. It is suggestive.
    Where are the originals? Are they available?

  • HikerfromHell

    I found out about Todd Standing via coasttocoastam.com. After viewing some of his videos and reading about his expedition on his website I began to become skeptical about his evidence. I searched his name on google and found your interview with him. I have a few things to add to this all.

    I live and was raised in the Canadian Rockies. My father and uncle spent alot of time with me in the backcountry while I grew up. Then in my late teens and early 20′s I worked for Parks Canada where I worked on the trail crew (maintainence). Now as I’m older I still spend my time in the backcountry, hunting, hiking and exploring when ever I can. I’ve literally been everywhere in the Alberta and BC rockies.

    I can say with all confidence that there is no hidden valley accessible by tunnel which fits the scale talked about by Todd. In his video he talked about distances in which he and the creature traveled and used kilometers to measure that distance. All places where natural tunnels are present do not fit the scale which he talked about. They are all small valley’s or cirques none wider than a few hundred meters and no longer than 1km or so. The other tunnels in the Rockies are railroad tunnels. Which unfortunately do go deep into the wilderness and are not secluded by any means.

    Furthermore, he pretty much describes the wilderness as an overwhelmingly dangerous place where you are more than likely going to die if you dare attempt to explore. Wow he must think people are stupid. Yes the Rockies are wild and yes there are bears, and cougars, but each year thousands of people hike through the backcountry of the Rockies and make it out alive!

    Even though the Rockies are wild, they still have some development. A hiking trail is present in almost every valley, especially those with any width (more than a couple kilometers). There are no areas which are called the Sylvanic. Frankly I have never heard of the work Sylvanic before reading about Todd Standing, and I’ve got Stoney Indian blood in me.

    I actually do believe in Sasquatch, but I also believe what GT has suggested. That Todd Standing has come up with a hoax and is probably trying to sell DVD’s.

  • Hucksterfoot

    @HikerfromHell –
    Todd Standing: In Sylvanic even the chipmunks will make a quick meal out of exposed body parts or carelessly dangled limbs. You could stumble on a pebble and the whole mountain could crumble in onto you. Then you have to deal with the 30 foot Bigfoots. When they catch you …If you made it this far that is, and not fall into the many ten mile deep gorges before this.
    Anyways, these Bigfoots use toad blood like ketchup… This doesn’t scare you, does it? Do you still want to join me in my search for this elusive creature.

    Me: I’ll pass Mr. Standing. I have had enough horrors waiting for “they’ll make my coffee all wrong” in long lineups at Tim Hortons.