Streufert is one of the main organizers of the Bluff Creek Trail Camera Project, which now has 20 working trailcams in place. Photo by Helen Walters.
Bigfoot Books, 1.5 miles east of downtown Willow Creek on Highway 299, is a general purpose used book shop, that, as the name implies, specializes in books about Bigfoot. The store, which opened in 2005, is located along the Trinity River in the "Bigfoot Country" of inland Humboldt County, northern California.
The owner, Streufert, is a professional bookman and bookseller, and has worked with books, in brick & mortar stores and in libraries, since the mid-late 1980s. He has been an antiquarian since 1992, and been online since 1999.
Streufert's blog, Bigfoot's Blog, has existed since 2008. His Facebook group, Coalition for Reason, Science, Sanity in Bigfoot Research (with nearly 2000 members) was formed in 2011.
I interviewed Steven about the recent incident, and have extracted, with his permission, additional details he's noted online.
Loren Coleman: You've been challenged about this even really having happened. Did you contact law enforcement?
Steven Streufert: The case number [is] 201402403, Humboldt County Sheriff's office, taken by Deputy Lagarda.
Loren Coleman: This shooting occurred Monday May 26, 2014, to Tuesday May 27, 2014. When?
Steven Streufert: I left the store around 7:00 pm [Monday] and arrived at 11:30 am the following morning [Tuesday]. The dentist next door was there earlier. Hence it should have occurred at night.
Loren Coleman: What, did you get death threats?
Steven Streufert: These weren't death threats. I never said that. They were implied threats of confrontation or possible violence. One was in PM [private messaging], and one was a Facebook comment. I've had a good number of threats in the past, of violence and litigation.
Loren Coleman: Any fires, building graffiti, vandalism?
Steven Streufert: I have had no vandalism or other problems with locals.
Loren Coleman: Your store is isolated. This appears to be a serious matter. What concerns you the most?
Steven Streufert: My daughter is OFTEN here in the shop with me, especially now as school is out for the summer.
This is a hollow-point 6.5×55mm Swedish before and after expanding. The long base and small expanded diameter show that this is a bullet designed for deep penetration on large game. The bullet in the photo traveled more than halfway through a moose before coming to rest.
But hominology conferences are not love fests or cult gatherings, either.