Is Bigfoot real? No one really knows for sure if the mysterious Bigfoot is urban legend, folklore, myth, a hoax, or actual fact, but this enigmatic creature in history has gained the attention of believers and non-believers worldwide throughout the years. The search for Bigfoot is very real and involves many individuals as well as organizations that actively study Bigfoot, investigate sightings, and document and report on those sightings.
The so called legend or story of Bigfoot dates back centuries. Bigfoot is said to be a hairy creature that roams the forests and mountains of North America and Canada and is incredibly large in stature (approximately 7 to 10 feet tall) with an overpowering, putrid smell. It is believed that the creature is part man, part gorilla or ape, has brown or reddish-brown fur, and walks upright like a man. This simian-like creature has been sighted in different regions of North America and Canada but most sightings occur in the Pacific Northwest.
There has been an incredible amount of controversy throughout the years regarding the truth behind Bigfoot and whether or not he really exists. There have been many documented sightings, some of which have been proven to be pranks or mistakes. But what about all of the other sightings that cannot be explained. There are credible organizations in operation throughout the country (comprised of researchers, investigators, scientists, archivists and journalists from very diverse backgrounds) that are committed to finding out the truth.
Just the mere existence of these organizations would make someone believe that there has to be some validity or truth behind the existence of this creature known as Bigfoot. The main mission of these Bigfoot organizations is to uncover the truth about Sasquatch and find conclusive proof regarding Bigfoot’s existence. Many of these different groups also maintain a geographic database of all reported sightings of Bigfoot worldwide. One of the oldest organizations of this kind is the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, or the BFRO, which began in 1995.
Does the Evidence Add Up
There are many different types of evidence that can be considered when trying to prove or disprove claims about Bigfoot. Eye witness accounts or observations, photographs, or other physical forms of evidence have been used by individuals making claims about the existence of this elusive creature.
Eye Witness Reports – there are an overwhelming number of eye witness accounts by individuals who claim to have seen Bigfoot with no other tangible evidence other than a visual observation. First and foremost, is the individual making the claim a credible witness? This form of evidence is weak at best because many people can be mistaken about what they have seen or can mix up their facts. If their observation is based on something they saw far away, or it was late in the day/dusk, or if the subject was partially covered by forest trees, the facts could prove to be distorted or unreliable.
Photographs and Videos – perhaps the most famous footage of Bigfoot was taken in 1967 in the mountains of Northern California by two men, Roger Patterson and Bob Grimlin, which showed a large ape-like man walking in a mountainous area. The 16mm film has been studied by various experts over the past forty some years and has yet to be proven to be false or a hoax. This film appears to be the most substantial evidence that researchers have regarding the actual existence of Bigfoot. Most photos that surface can quickly be discredited as fraudulent, mistaken identity for some other forest animal like a bear, or are blurry images that can’t be validated.
Physical Evidence – the discovery of footprints is among the most compelling evidence that Bigfoot exists. These types of footprints are generally 16 to 18 inches in length and approximately 7 inches wide with no arch. Many times footprints are a hoax and have been fabricated to look like the footprint of Bigfoot. But again, there are those that cannot be explained or refuted. Other types of physical evidence like hair, blood or feces have never been validated as that of Bigfoot.
The mystery about Bigfoot’s actual existence remains inexplicable to the majority of people today. There is no conclusive evidence that this creature actually exists, even among the many sightings by credible witnesses throughout the years. If he is out there, or if there is a species of gorilla-like men roaming through remote mountainous regions of our country, they remain experts at eluding capture and keeping their existence a secret. And so the search continues.