Interview with a Career Cryptozoologist

Loren Coleman is the founder of the International Museum of Cryptozoology in Portland, Maine, and the author of dozens of books on Bigfoot and other strange creatures. In addition to the museum, Loren runs a very strange bookstore in the nearby town of Bangor and plans to move his entire operation there within the next two years. Loren is warm, kind, witty and, like our mutual friend and ufologist Jacques Vallée, a “heretic among heretics”. From Maine Mag:

Do you believe in Bigfoot?

I don’t believe in anything and I’m open-minded to everything. The evidence that I see: the tracks, the hair samples, the animals that are preyed upon – these are all physical evidence. I don’t go into the paranormal, and I’m more into my internal philosophical clock or information gathering network. I’m not investigating a Bigfoot report and I don’t believe that report. Instead, I either accept or deny the evidence. I’m really, really careful about the two different ends of the continuum; both can be very confusing for the excluded environment that I occupy. There are people who accept everything: they hear a noise in the woods, and they think it’s a flying demon or a dragon or a Thunderbird or a Bigfoot. And on the other end are the debunkers, the skeptics with a capital S. If someone comes along and says “that’s nonsense” or “those replicas you have in the museum are toys”, that Do not disturb me . I know why I have them: it’s to represent what they might look like and ask the witnesses: “Is this close to what you saw?” I use them as measuring sticks with which people can compare their experience. I really don’t put a lot of energy into chatting with people, and I’m definitely not evangelical about cryptozoology. On the contrary, my brain needs to be stimulated and filled with passion, different stories, different experiences.

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