Southern Oregon Habituation Area (SOHA) Update Report (October 2013)

Posted by Matthew Johnson on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Southern Oregon Habituation Area (SOHA) Update Report (October 2013)

 

The drive up to SOHA in October of 2013 was beautiful……  Fall was definitely in the air….

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Upon arrival to the SOHA base camp, we immediately checked on the Peanut Butter Jar that we left behind three weeks earlier.  Once again, they punched holes in the lid and cleaned out the jar.  Amazing!!!

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I had my youngest son, Grady, with me for the first two nights (Friday and Saturday).  

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                                                (Grady Johnson in the Southern Oregon Habituation Area – SOHA)

 

I believe that the Toddler Squatch hit the bowl the first night.  Normally, they don’t touch the food during the first night we put it out.  I believe they’re demonstrating some kind of behavior regarding respect toward us.  HOWEVER, the Toddler Squatch is young, impulsive, and couldn’t resist taking a part of the PB&J sandwich.  LOL!!!

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                           (BEFORE and AFTER pics of the Gifting Bowls placed 150 feet away from the SOHA base camp)

 

The second night, the Adolescent Male Squatch, the Juvenile Female Squatch, and the Toddler cleaned out the Gifting Bowls.  They took everything but the Skittles.  HOWEVER, they didn’t take the Peanut Butter Jar or the Raspberry Jam Jar.  I find this to be very interesting.  They appear to not want access to the jars until we leave the SOHA base camp at the end of an expedition.

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 (Grady Johnson and Atlas in the BEFORE and AFTER pics of the Gifting Bowls which are placed 150 feet away from the SOHA base camp)

Also, on Saturday night, I put Grady to bed in the back of my Suburban (i.e., The Squatchmobile) around 10 pm.  I sat outside the Suburban in my lounge chair for a few more hours and listened to a 900 lbs “Owl Symphony” with several Squatches participating.  It was majorly cool.  NOTE: I’ve been up in SOHA every month for the past 7 years and I’ve NEVER EVER seen an Owl up in SOHA.

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During the next two nights (Sunday and Monday), my Bigfooting Buddy, Jill DiMecurio was with me in SOHA. 

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                                                         (“Dr J” and Jill DiMecurio at the Southern Oregon Habituation Area – SOHA)

 

On Saturday night, we were surrounded by several Squatches around the perimeter of the SOHA base camp as evidenced by sound, visuals of silhouettes, and eye shine.  Later that night, they cleaned out the Gifting Bowls.  We placed four PB&J sandwich halves in each Gifting Bowl along with a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup and Red Licorice.  

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                                                       (Jill DiMecurio near the Gifting Bowls in the BEFORE and AFTER pics)

 

On Monday night, we were surrounded by even more Squatches around the SOHA base camp perimeter.  We sang to them and whistled songs too.  Then I got an idea and used my cell phone to download YouTube music videos.  I played a flute video followed by the guitar, harp, harmonica, banjo, saxophone, violin, etc.  They appeared to scoot as close to the SOHA perimeter as they could without entering the SOHA base camp as evidenced by sound, visuals of silhouettes, and eye shine.  Then I downloaded a North American Indian Music Video and started playing it.  They seemed to really enjoy it.  I mustered up enough courage to walk around the edge of the perimeter from the 9 o’clock position …… clockwise…… to the 3 o’clock position.  I kept the screen on the phone facing me so I was lighting myself up.  Then I got the idea of walking the perimeter again but turn the screen toward them while I was playing the music.  I turned the phone toward them and walked the perimeter from the 3 o’clock position …… counter clockwise…… back to the 9 o’clock position.  I counted 3 Toddlers, 8 juveniles, and 3 adolescents.  I walked the perimeter one last time, while playing the North American Indian Music Video, from the 9 o’clock position……  clockwise…….. back to the 3 o’clock position.  Once again, I counted 3 Toddlers, 8 juveniles, and 3 adolescents.  The whole CLAN must have been there!!!  Where were the adults, you ask?  I have no idea.  Maybe playing cards?  LOL!!!  All I know is that they’re OBVIOUSLY communicating with other Forest People families about the Tall Hairless Man who sings, whistles, and passes out awesome PB&J sandwiches.  Also, they OBVIOUSLY trust me with their children.  MAJORLY COOL!!!

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                                 (Jill DiMecurio warms herself up near the campfire in the SOHA base camp)

 

By the way, on Monday night, we place TEN (10) PB&J SANDWICH HALVES in each Gifting Bowl (i.e., A total of TWENTY sandwich halves).  They took SIXTEEN (16) sandwich halves, one Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, and some Red Licorice.  They also rearranged one of the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and some Red Licorice into a GEOMETRIC DESIGN.  Once again, MAJORLY COOL!!!

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                                 (BEFORE and AFTER pics of the Gifting Bowls placed 150 feet away from the SOHA base camp)

 

Upon departure from SOHA, while wearing surgical gloves, I put out the Peanut Butter Jar and an Apple as I always do.

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                                           (“Dr J” leaving the Peanut Butter Jar and Apple behind before departing SOHA)

 

I will be checking on the Peanut Butter Jar and Apple when I return to SOHA in the near future with two of my Bigfooting Buddies, Gunnar Monson and Michael Beers.

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Finally, upon my return home, my beautiful fiancee, Cynthia Kreitzberg, and I lifted prints from the Gifting Bowls.  One of the Gifting Bowls has hand prints on the bottom of both sides of the bowl as demonstrated by Cynthia.

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                                                        (Cynthia Kreitzberg demonstrates how a Squatch was holding the Gifting Bowl)

 

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                                                (The other side of the Gifting Bowl with a “Partial” hand print)

Yes, we will be having our Fingerprint Expert who works for a local Law Enforcement Agency examine the prints that we lifted.  There were some apparent dermal ridges within the prints.  Even if there’s nothing definitive, I can guarantee you 100% that it wasn’t a Deer, Bear, Elk, Cougar, Coyote, Owl, Raven, or Squirrel that left these handprints on the Gifting Bowls.  By the way, I place the Gifting Bowls out in the woods about 150 feet away from the SOHA base camp.  I wear surgical gloves and wipe the Gifting Bowls down with Rubbing Alcohol before I place them out in the woods.

I can hear it now, “I call BS on you Dr J!!!  If you have that many Squatches around the perimeter of your SOHA base camp, then where are the pictures and videos???!!!”  Well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: (1) I don’t lie and I don’t hoax.  I’m not cut from the same cloth as Rick Dyer; and (2) My goal is to HABITUATE with the SOHA Forest People family.  I intend to develop a level of comfort with them that I can hold their Toddler on my lap and my son, Grady, can play with the Female Juvenile Squatch in the woods.  When this level of comfort and trust has been reached, that will be the time to seek their permission to take pictures and videos.  Patience is a virtue, Grasshopper.  In the mean time, why don’t you give up your aggressive “In your face” research approach and start HABITUATING with your own Squatch family too?  Keep on Squatchin!!!

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