Friday, July 21, 2017

Examining evidence

Evidence is something we are extremely cautious before posting. We spend hours if not months studying and discussing evidence.  This includes castings, photos, and audio.  There is evidence that hasn't be released due to the fact we can not explain the evidence. We receive photos and audio from people who ask for our opinion and we try to give them the right answers and sometimes it get pretty nasty, but not always.

When we review our photograph and video evidence, we scrutinize every piece.  For example, last year, one of our trail cams captured a photograph of what appeared to be of a dark figure squatting in the foreground. Steven Cornell and I went to the site and recreated what we saw in the photograph. We took several photos at the same distance and height.  Steven even posed in the recreations just like it was in the photo.  After reviewing the recreations, the photos didn't match up to the one on the trail cam.  We repeated the process over and over again. Then we started to see the terrain  didn't match up. Next we checked the trail cam, and we found that the zoom was on high.  What we were seeing in the photo was a small root sticking out of the ground. By going thru this process we got our answers and debunked the original photo.
The trail cam was on high zoom the root  was 40 feet away the root was only 2 inches above the ground
 
The same scrutiny applies to castings.  There are castings that we haven't released. We carefully photograph, measure, and inspect all prints.  we also measure the track way.  This takes a considerable amount of time. Then, there's the process of making sure its not hoaxed. After the casting has dried, I begin the long process of taking measurements again, checking for hair and any deformities, and cross referencing to other prints taken in or around the area.  I also sketch the print and catalog by date, time, and location.

When audio evidence is collected, it is listened to over and over again.  Any vocalizations are cross-referenced to the known wildlife in the area.

Video evidence is the most time consuming.  Sometimes, we have hours of video evidence to review, and it takes up to a week.  This is reviewed many times.  Time is spent recording time stamps on paper to view more closely, then recovering the time stamps of importance, and finally reviewing these again to eliminate things that can be explained.

As I said earlier, we have evidence that we will not release until it has been thoroughly and rigorously investigated.  We do not jump to conclusions. This should be the first rule of collecting evidence and we would never release evidence that has alternative explanations. This how the NKBRG collects and examines evidence.  Everyone has their own way of collecting evidence so lets try and be courteous.