Bigfoot Stick Structures, Nests and Other Formations

Adrianne, Research Manager

Many researchers or Bigfoot enthusiasts snap pictures of every little pile of sticks, broken or bent trees and automatically assume that it had to be done by a Bigfoot creature.  Don’t get me wrong, I too have run across some odd things in the woods that have made me wonder how it happened, but one must approach these things with common sense and rule out other possibilities first. The first thing that should be ruled out is natural causes such as wind, rain, snow or decay which is the culprit for many broken or bent sticks, limbs and trees.

 One example would be tree bows or arches (figure 1).  There is a natural phenomenon that causes it to occur. It is called “wet noodling”.  It is when smaller trees bend under snow or their own weight; it is a sign that they have not grown enough supporting taper, or trunk strength to stand on their own. This usually happens when trees are allowed to grow very closely together as in a forest stand. There can be exceptions to this though. If you find a young tree that has bent over and weighted down to the forest floor with a rock or other device that could not have happened naturally, then you might have something to question.

There are other formations that have to be examined closely to make sure they did not occur naturally such as teepee structures (figure 2). One must look closely at these structures to determine if they are either deadfall or a natural occurrence.  Trees get old, they crack and they break, they sometimes fall on other trees.  Look at the surrounding area of this structure. Do you see anyplace these limbs could have naturally broken off nearby trees by the wind? Wind and high water can whip around sticks and limbs to make all sorts of odd accumulations. If no other explanations can be found, look at how these limbs are laid out and connect together. If it looks to have been deliberately placed, then you may have something that is worth taking pictures of for your research or Bigfoot scrapbook.

Tree breaks often happen naturally too (figure3). Sometimes larger trees can fall on to smaller trees and cause them to break. Snowfall or strong winds could also be a culprit, or the tree could have simply been rotted and snapped on its own. Look at the break, is it fresh? Was the tree still alive when it was broken?

Always take a close look at the ends of the stick or limb. I have seen unusual looking piles that could have possibly been used as a nest or shelter until I noticed the ends had straight cuts and was nothing more than a brush pile from a yard cleanup. Other piles of small sticks and twigs that look like possible bedding areas could just be from wind and water causing them to accumulate in a low spot. 

Vines can also grow up and around bushes and shrubs choking them out and cause them to die, then when the vine itself dies out it can look like a nest or den.

After taking into consideration all other possibilities and no other explanation can be found can one start to wonder exactly who or what made it and why. The only way to be sure it was done by a Bigfoot is if you actually see a Bigfoot building it!