When it comes to bigfoot habituation, who is the subject and who is the object?
A great many researchers tend to use food as a way to habituate forest giants to become accustomed to interacting with human beings. Oh, if only they knew what is doing the REAL habituation!
In such cases, it is the sasquatches that are, in turn, habituating humans by allowing the humans to believe they are in charge.
So-called baiting stations, where food is left, can certainly help to establish a connection.
Whether the researcher is acting from a scientific standpoint by leaving bait, or a paranormalist perspective by leaving an offering, is actually fairly irrelevant. Yes, the latter is quite a bit easier for Intra Dimensional Entities (IDE's) to manipulate, but with time and patience even the most hardened scientist will come around, particularly if he or she returns often enough to check his or her "baiting station."
Such offerings are a form of wish fulfillment that sasquatches and other IDE's may or may not accept as a way to establish a psychic bond. Often, the likelihood of "habituating" an IDE through such rudimentary methods has more to do with the type of psychic energy and body chemistry that the humans bring to the table.
The actual food that one leaves in such cases is fairly incidental. Yes, certain kinds of food are more tasty to a sasquatch than other kinds of food. Often, however, even if the food is taken it is not eaten.
Accepting an offering (or taking the bait) is a way of connecting with the mental signature of the human(s) involved.
Establishing rapport with sasquatches, ghosts and other Intra-Dimensional Entities (IDE's) tends to accelerate the "meet-greet" process, thereby greatly improving outcomes . . . that is, if one considers contact to be a desirable outcome.
Historically, many different terms have been used for the process of establishing rapport between intra dimensionals and human beings. Everything from conjuring to invoking to simply offering a greeting or salutation is applicable. When one realizes this all-important fact, a kind of veil is lifted from one's outlook. Such a vision of what lies underneath can be liberating or greatly discouraging. It all depends upon one's cultural, religious, and philosophical orientation.
Admitting that bigfooting is really just another form of initiating contact between humans and IDE's is a big step for many researchers. Apers tend to poo-poo this very real facet of bigfooting, whereas many paranormalists err on the side of deifying sasquatchs as quasi-gods.
Ubernaturalists forge a path through the rough in order to reconcile each of the two divergent views, as well as lending a helping hand to individual researchers regardless of their orientation. Every field researcher who is conducting research deserves an audience. There are always plenty of interesting details they bring back with them from encounters that transcend the rather pedestrian line of demarcation between apers and supernaturalists.
As I've said, both schools tend to exhibit their own set of weaknesses and strengths. But the data transcends such handicaps. That is why it's so important for apers not to self-censor vital details! Likewise, it's imperative that paranormalists strive to learn some logic skills from apers.
Lastly, I thought I would demonstrate how my understanding of the paranormal has evolved over the past twenty years or so. The above documentary was filmed before I understood how the "mind-body connection" applies to the field of bigfooting, as well as ghosting and other paranormal research.
In fact, I mistakenly believed that my offerings of apples had more to do with the fruit themselves than with the intention by which I left them on the hiking trail. Kurt Lancaster's footage chronicles my pursuit of High Sasquatchery way back in the summer of 2002. Lancaster is currently a tenured Professor of Performance Studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
As for the area where most of the footage in Kultus was filmed, it proved to be remarkably squatchy. About one third of the film is nocturnal bigfooting at Kultus Lake, WA. I took the opportunity to leave offerings. However, none of the apples I left were accepted by sasquatches. It's worth pointing out that the trail on which I left them was a fairly busy one during the daytime.
A high amount of human foot traffic could have certainly reduced the likelihood that a sasquatch would be paying attention. This said, one spot in particular on the trail did seem to give the impression that a cloaked sasquatch was nearby, at least judging by the severity of my own personal "dread response," as well as the documentary film maker's anxiety in one particular spot.
The entire documentary can be found here: Kultus: A Search for Sasquatch. And, yes, it was filmed before I considered myself an Ubernaturalist.