Reader Mail: "Probably the Best Image Since the Patterson-Gimlin Film!"

Reader Mail: “Probably the Best Image Since the Patterson-Gimlin Film!”

Way back in August, we broke a story that involved a very intriguing photograph pulled from an Alberta trail cam. The photo, which appeared to show a large, bulky primate lounging in an open field, sparked a huge debate on the internet, and within days of posting ended up being a feature on just about every Bigfoot research blog out there (google “Alberta trailcam Bigfoot” to see for yourself). We never did get any more information about the photograph.

Today we received an email from Michael, who took the time to lighten the image up a bit for the sake of detail, and offer his own opinion.

Hi Greg, (or whoever),

I’m a 76 year Englishman, living in Birmingham U.K. I’m a Bigfoot believer!


I’ve just accessed your site, with its very interesting photo of ‘something’”!

This IS a clear photo… except that it is too dark to see much detail.. so I did what I normally do with photos and used ‘Irfanview’ image editor, to lighten and sharpen it.

After doing so, it becomes clearer. Clearer enough to judge, that it is NOT a bear. For me, it is clearly a ‘Hominid’ i.e. a creature with two arms and legs, as we have. It is (unfortunately) sitting ‘facing away from camera’. Leaning back on its left arm (big) with LONG hair hanging all around the shoulders and back. Its right arm and hand is in its lap – or in front of it. Its right leg is bent up and is visible, in front of it, just as we do it. (covered in black/dark hair)

This is either ‘Bigfoot’, or a man in a suit. I think its Bigfoot! Great photo! Probably the best image since the P.G. film!

It would be interesting to ask the woman, who claims she knows the photographer, to give more detail.

I attached the ‘lightened’ version.

Thanks for the email, Michael!

So what do you think? Does the digital enhancement shed more light on this photo? Is it a Bigfoot? Is it a bear? Is it a man in a suit? We want to know! Share your stories with us on twitter @WeirdHQ, at our brand spankin’ new Facebook page, or in the comments below.


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Whatever it is it looks like it’s wacking off:)

Eventually someone will use a digital camera that’s more than 2 Mpx…

Kwin The Eskimo

Still say bear. Lower center of “animal,” right where the “flower” is, you can make out the shading and shape of a muzzle/nose.

R Emmet Lee
If a hominid is living on the fringes of civilization, it manages to do so with a degree of success only if it remains out of reach. As the Norse told long ago, trolls live in the mountain tops, in the ice, in deep caverns where none but the foolhardy will go. Trolls do not pose for pictures. This looks to the Vicar like a bear with it’s butt in the air. The business off to the right could be a cub. If we want to see a real troll, we’re going to have to go find it ourselves. Anybody… Read more »
Don’t know what the image shows, most likely a bear but maybe something other. Main issue regarding photo for me is, forget about enhancement or altering contrast/brightness etc. Where are the photos either side of this one? This whatever it is looks to be “sitting” down. So it’s reasonable to assume at some point it moved off. Even given a trail camera’s delay between motion detection and taking picture, it’s valid to question if there are other images taken of the Beast of ‘Berta. And if there are – why haven’t they been released also? Even if they show nothing… Read more »

Is it two bears humping? Nevermind I am probably just doing that matrixing thing again.

Looks like a cheaper ghillie suit…notice how the top of the head is domed shape and it seems to drape down over the shoulders? Maybe a hunter and that is his backpack or child next to him…Just an idea.