Survivorman Bigfoot: Did Les Stroud Catch Bigfoot on Video?

survivorman-bigfootA perplexing video has come to my attention. It seems that during a new episode of Survivorman Bigfoot, Les Stroud “accidentally” caught what looks like a Bigfoot on the ground behind him, and a juvenile Bigfoot up in a tree. How could that happen?! CryptoVille investigates!

A strange little video came to my attention yesterday and I’ve been spending a lot of time pouring over it. The video is actually a cell phone video of a recent episode of Survivorman Bigfoot.

The man taking the cell phone video, known only as dlyall26 on YouTube, thinks that he sees Bigfoot in the background of Les’ video, as well as a juvenile Bigfoot up in the tree nearby. This was from the new episode of Survivorman Bigfoot that aired on April 1, 2015.

First of all, the quality of this video stinks. Les’s show was filmed well, as per usual, but taking a cell phone video of it off the TV screen just adds a huge layer of unsteady, grainy features. I looked online to see if I could find the episode, but it hasn’t been posted anywhere yet, as far as I can tell.

So for now, we’ll have to deal with this poor quality cell-phone video. (By the way, I’m not hating on dlyall26 – I appreciate that he shared this with us; it was a good attempt.  I’m hating on cell phone cameras and videos.)

Here is the video from dlyall26 (about a minute and a half long):

Look at time stamp 0:21 – 0:27, and look over Les’ shoulder in the background. I’m amazed at how much that looks like an adult Bigfoot standing next to a big tree. Tall, hairy, conical head, and no neck.

Next, look at time stamp 0:28-1:00. There is a black object high in the tree and it appears to be clinging to the trunk. At this point, I could believe it’s a tubby juvenile bear except for what happens next.

View time stamp 1:11 – 1:24. Doesn’t that look like a humanoid figure, with a cone shaped head and no neck to speak of? I can’t believe what I’m seeing – can you?

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I have a couple problems believing this is really a Bigfoot and their youngster up in the tree. Yes, they are a good distance away from Les, but they can certainly hear him talking. They’re not that far away. And they must have heard him walking through the forest. How is it the adult is not reacting?

Wouldn’t they have smelled him coming, as animals do?

For me, this is the biggest problem the video has. That adult Bigfoot looks calm, cool, and collected as it stands next to the youngster climbing above.

Speaking of hearing – how did Les not hear them? They’re big animals, they would make some noise too, especially up in a tree with little twigs breaking off, maybe leaves rustling.

I believe someone has notified Les of this finding, but he hasn’t released a statement yet. He is probably doing the same thing we are – watching this over and over again and wondering how the heck could this happen?

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I respect and admire Les Stroud, and I trust his judgment in outdoor living and survival wholeheartedly. I wasn’t too thrilled when he associated himself with Todd Standing in the last series of Bigfoot videos, but he was skeptical and inquiring throughout that time. (You can see my article in the Reference section below where I covered that.)

So I don’t for a minute believe Les would perpetrate a hoax just to entertain us. He wants to get to the truth about this animal as much as the rest of us do.

So for now, we’ll just have to wait until Les issues some kind of statement about it. But it sure is interesting and it sure looks like the real deal.

(By the way, there is a new episode on tonight in the US, 10 pm EST on Science Channel.)

What do you think about all this?



  1. I think that Stroud found out a lot more about bigfoot than he let on. He, however realized that what ever we find out will only lead to the destruction of bigfoot. What ever we touch, we destroy is the common rule with man. If one is found, some idiot will try to capture or kill one like it is some kind of hunting trophy (like that idiot Smedja in California who claims he shot two of them. .. Someone should shoot that A$$hole, instead.). Perhaps Stroud is being cautious and careful about not letting anyone know about the existence of bigfoot. I hope that if he does find one or more, he keeps his mouth shut for the good of all.

    Darian Paganelli

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Darian. I enjoyed them. I could see Les doing that as well. But as you mentioned, there’s going to be some other knucklehead who will create havoc for themselves and the Bigfoots. I’m still hoping a Jane Goodall type steps in immediately once they’re “officially” found and handles them the way she did the Mountain Gorilla. We can hope anyway.

      Thanks for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

  2. I admit I am very interested in the subject however I am extremely skeptical skeptical but try to remain open minded. I live up in the Sierra Mountains in Northern California approximately one hour from Yosemite just west of it. Right behind me is an abandoned apple orchard on 100 acres and I have come face to face several times with mountain lion and bear and bear and their cubs and have films all of it pretty amazing and terrifying at the same time but I have to admit it is addicting as far as Sasquatch goes there has been a lot of claimed sightings in this area so I would love to do is Survivorman did and go out in these areas and do what is called the wood knocking that I seen them do a lot on Bigfoot shows where they take a big tree log and hit it against a tree and each time they get an answer all those could be their friend miles away answering them who knows but if I set up the experiment myself I would know that it’s that’s not the case so if anyone is interested who has access to infrared cameras then please contact me by text message at 209 – 272 – 0 473. I will only look at serious inquiries so please no cracks

    • Awww Shauna, I think “someone” has been bitten by the Bigfoot Bug!! 😉 Keep in mind, Les Stroud has been roaming the wilds of his beloved Canada for over 30 years, and he has only had 2 somewhat close encounters. He never saw them, but he heard them. So don’t give up hope.

      I would suggest you remove your phone number – I’m concerned for your safety. Instead, I suggest you contact Cliff Barackman (Yes, of Finding Bigfoot). He knows the area and lots of people out there. I feel sure he could help you find legitimate, safe people to help you investigate your area. (He’s on Facebook as Cliff Barackman.) He also has a website (I think). Oh, his email is

      Please let me know how it goes and if you find anything! I’d love to hear about your experience! Good luck!

      … Susan (CryptoVille)

  3. I just found this site while I was searching for new episodes of Survivorman Bigfoot. I still have this episode on my dvr and found this clip,my wife and I have watched it numerous times and are amazed. It certainly looks like it could be a bigfoot. It is definitely intriguing.

    • I know. I really wish Les would come out with a statement about it. I’d love it to be real proof!!

      Thanks for visiting CryptoVille Martin! … Susan (CryptoVille)

  4. Hey Dean.S here just finished watching episode #5010 of “Survivorman Bigfoot”
    Les Stroud said he caught 9 different clips off a hidden camera & would take a look when he got down below from his camp! Waiting very impatiently as I am a skeptic ( see with my own eyes to Belive type ). The episode #5010 ENDED WITH NO MORE MENTION OF THE CLIPS the hidden camera caught! I wanna Belive Les is true to his word and maybe the only one person who’s out to find the
    ” True answer ” to wether Bigfoots real or not & he’s Not doing it out of Properganda, for ratings for his show or to fool anyone, but come’on, I sure as Heck would sit my butt down soon as my hands touched the camera to find out what was on those supposed “9” pics?
    Wouldn’t you?

    • Hi Dean! I haven’t seen that episode yet, but I’m thrilled that you brought it my attention; I’ll have to find it and view it. I’ve been waiting for him to say something about this in a more public forum. Then when I didn’t hear anything, I thought maybe that meant someone was hoaxing him or something.

      The fact he hasn’t come out publicly could just mean he’s having other experts-in-their-fields review the pics and get their opinions before he concludes what is in the clips. Then again, they could be saving it for a ratings extravaganza week or something because, though Les is very down to earth, he still is dealing with TV executives.

      I guess we’ll have to just wait and see what happens. Thanks for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

    • Maybe it is, Jagger, it’s just too hard to tell. I really hope Les comes out with a statement about what happened — and soon!

      Thank you for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

  5. Hello, I am extremely skeptical and I was sad to learn that the whole season is dedicated to finding bigfoot. I just want survival from Les, that is what I enjoy. Crappy video with crappy 3D tracking and a mad dude screaming into woods is not going to convince anyone rational.

    • Hi Josef! I think he’s still making the regular survival shows as well as some with his now grown son.

      Thank you for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

  6. That doesn’t appear to be the same tree…. In the first image of the tree, there is clearly another tree leaning toward/possibly against the tree in question. In the “second” image, it is an entirely different tree. Also, dead limbs with leaves/needles present can form large clumps that appear black as this does. Don’t think there is anything to see here. Moving along.

  7. One thing for sure. If it’s a clump or a bigfoot, there isn’t enough clarity to even discuss it. Just a waste of time.

    • I know what you mean about the clarity. That’s why I wish Les would comment about it. They were focusing on him, naturally, but surely they must have heard something.

      Oh well, thanks for visiting CryptoVille Jagger! … Susan (CryptoVille)

      • That’s this thing though. I don’t think Les should even waste his time to comment because there is nothing clear enough to even bother with. If they did hear a sound or something then they probably would have commented unless again if it was nothing remarkable enough to bother with. This is the problem with all this so called evidence. It’s crap! And people waste way to much time arguing over a clump of leaves in a tree instead of focusing on the real stuff. It gives skeptics way to much ammo and detracts from good evidence. I believe, but I am also one of the biggest skeptics on this subject. Funny thing is Les lives in my home town now (and his fiance works at my work). That is the thing with Les. He’s not gonna give any B.S. or over-read into any kind of evidence. This is why his credibility is so high. If and when he says what he seen or heard was not a bear then you can bet on that. The guy that sees a clump of leaves in a tree and says it’s bigfoot? Not so much.

        • Jagger, if you’ve read any of my other Bigfoot related articles, you’ll know that my opinion is that none of this “fuzzy” evidence is going to be good enough to convince the scientific community at large that this creature exists. And until they’re convinced of its existence, we haven’t achieved anything.

          However, for those of us who already believe, it’s fun to speculate and wonder about various images that seem out of the ordinary, especially ones that don’t seem to have been hoaxed.

          I don’t believe this series of images is doing any harm to the Bigfoot debate. What does do the harm are all these ridiculous “reality” shows that purport to be searching for Bigfoot and other creatures and come up empty handed every time. In fact, some of them are just plain silly.

          Les wouldn’t lose anything by commenting on the pictures, even if he clarifies that it’s just another example of pareidolia. The footage is from his show, so he’s the final arbiter as to what it shows.

          Thanks for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

          • Yeah I guess it’s ok to wonder and speculate. Heck i still wonder on the movie Rambo. Was there a crewman at the top of that shot or was it a bigfoot (never know?)? And I agree on these shows that are out now. They are ridiculous. Before Les’s show came on the only one worth a beans I thought was Josh Gates destination unknown.

  8. I was just watching episode 7 of the survivorman Bigfoot. Close to the end of the program, a few frames before he checks on his large rocks, there is a moment when he is filming himself. He is just to the left of the screen and there is something walking through the footage in the background. It is large and dark. Not sure what it was but I paused and rewatched several times. Anyone else see that?

    • Hi Melissa! That’s interesting! I haven’t seen them in a while, so I don’t recall that. I’ve got to wonder, in light of that other weird footage I mentioned in the article, IF something is there, how does he not hear it? Or see it? And why did the “thing” get so close to him when they’re usually trying to stay hidden? Very strange. Well, as I said before, Les is the only one who can comment on these things because he was there, it’s his film, so he would be the one to know.

      Thanks for visiting CryptoVille! … Susan (CryptoVille)

  9. Real, imagined or simply a long series of made up stories, staged photos and blurred unfocused videos? Either way it makes for good entertaining television. I’ve even done a couple of videos myself…… If you are interested in my twist on this you can go to my You Tube page at YoutubeKevinthrun. If Bigfoot is real….. Les Stroud will be the one to once and for all find this elusive creature.

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