John Albert Bindernagel
|Born||December 22, 1941|
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
|Died||January 17, 2018 (aged 76)|
British Columbia, Canada
|Known for||Wildlife Biology|
|Research on North American Wildlife and Bigfoot|
John Albert Bindernagel (December 22, 1941 – January 17, 2018) was a wildlife biologist who sought evidence for Bigfoot since 1963. He published a book in 1998 entitled North America's Great Ape: the Sasquatch (ISBN 0-9682887-0-7). His second book, The Discovery of the Sasquatch – Reconciling Culture, History, and Science in the Discovery Process, was published in 2010.
Bindernagel grew up in Ontario, attended the University of Guelph, and received a PhD in Biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He moved to British Columbia in 1975 largely because the region was a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings. Over the years, he collected casts of tracks that he believed belonged to Bigfoot. He also claimed to have heard the creature near Comox Lake in 1992, comparing its whooping sound to that of a chimpanzee. Bindernagel believed that the Bigfoot phenomena should receive more attention from serious scientists, but remarked, "The evidence doesn't get scrutinized objectively. We can't bring the evidence to our colleagues because it's perceived as taboo."
Bindernagel was a true pioneer in the pseudoscientific field of cryptozoology and was a regular on the classic History Channel show MonsterQuest. Bindernagel and Dr. Jeff Meldrum often appeared together on the show and had a real-life friendship. Together they formed the bedrock of the Bigfoot Research Community. Bindernagel was a familiar face on the History Channel appearing on a number of their specials.
Despite the rumored differences with Moneymaker Bindernagel was a curator with the BFRO until his death. It was rumored that before his death Bindernagel traveled with a group of researchers, including Sally Ramy, to see a dying Sasquatch called Fox. The term "Sasquatch" refers to a mythical humanoid, often the subject of hoaxes and unsubstantiated rumors, such as Bindernagel's reputed "encounter."
- Bell, Brian. Insight Guide Pacific Northwest. Insight Guides. p. 157. ISBN 1-58573-150-1.
- Meldrum, Jeff. Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. Forge Books. p. 116. ISBN 0-7653-1217-4.
- Michael Taylor. "Screams in the night". San Francisco Chronicle. January 24, 1999. Retrieved on February 20, 1999.
- Bindernagel, John (2016). "North America's Great Ape: the Sasquatch". Dr. John Bindernagel Homepage. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016.
- Bram Eisenthal. "Tracking a tall tale". The Globe and Mail. April 1, 2006. Retrieved on February 20, 2009.
- Mary Van de Kamp Nohl. "Pine Lake's Bigfoot Archived 2010-12-29 at the Wayback Machine". Milwaukee Magazine. May 1, 2003. Retrieved on February 20, 2009.
- "Do Sasquatch really exist? On Vancouver island?" The Mount Washington Marmot. Summer 2002. p. 4. Retrieved on February 20, 2009.
- "Biologist believes he has found sasquatch lurking in Canada". Houston Chronicle. January 23, 1994. Retrieved from ProQuest on February 20, 2009.
- "Fuzzy films on web hurt our cause Archived 2011-10-06 at the Wayback Machine". CanWest News Service. Montreal Gazette. March 24, 2007. Retrieved on February 20, 2009.
- John Bindernagel's official website. (archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20160304172235/http://bigfootbiologist.org/page2.html)