Is Bigfoot real? No one really knows for sure if the mysterious creature Bigfoot is an urban legend, folklore, myth, hoax, or actual being. This enigmatic monster as some view it, has gained the attention of believers and non-believers alike worldwide throughout the years. In fact, interest on the topic of Sasquatch has gained exponentially over the years with mainstream society along with the fringe. There seems to be an unending demand for this hominid/cryptid and the paranormal/supernatural (including cryptozoology) in general these days. There are copious amounts of movies, documentaries and TV shows based on the creature including one of the most popular “Finding Bigfoot” nowadays. Ironically all these TV shows and documentaries which document hunting the creatures never seem to actually find them and provide definitive proof, at least not yet. While the Abominable Snowman may not exist the search for Bigfoot is very real and involves many folks as well as different organizations that actively study numerous cryptids, investigate sightings, document and report on their findings. These organizations are composed of folks such as the everyday man/wild life hunters, and even maverick college professors and scientists. These are real bona fide people/organizations spending actual money in order to find the truth to this age old mystery. To the mainstream, the truth is Sasquatch is nothing but a ruse, a simple fairy tale but to others the creature exists and it’s their lifelong mission to prove these people; the nonbelievers wrong.
The so-called legend or story of Bigfoot dates back centuries. Bigfoot is said to be a hairy massive flesh and blood primate being which roams the forests and mountains of North America and Canada primarily. It is incredibly large in stature (approximately 7 to 10 feet tall), muscular, 500-900 pounds and with an overpowering, putrid smell. We can assume the overpowering odor is from a lack of consistent bathing. It’s believed that the creature is part man, part gorilla or ape, has brown or reddish-brown fur, and walks upright like a human being (bipedal) at least for the most part. There are reports of Bigfoots running on all fours on occasion, however this could have been simply misidentification of black bears. This simian-like creature has been sighted in different regions of North America and Canada but most Sasquatch sightings occur in the Pacific Northwest. Wild Man of the Woods/Grassman and Hairy man traditional stories are found amongst the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and the American Indians across the country.
There has been an incredible amount of controversy and argument throughout the years regarding the truth behind Big foot and whether or not these creatures/species truly exist. There have been countless documented sightings, some of which have been proven to be childish pranks, hoaxes or honest mistakes such as misidentification of known animals. Misidentification of the American black bear as Bigfoot probably happens quite often for example, however bigfoot researchers would disagree. But what about the small percentage of other bigfoot sightings that cannot be so easily explained and have remained unsolved. There are credible organizations in operation throughout the country and around the world (comprised of researchers, investigators, scientists, archivists and journalists from very diverse backgrounds) that are committed to finding out the truth whether this Gigantopithecus type of animal/species is truly out there.
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 Bigfoot Evidence Add Up
There are many different types of alleged Sasquatch evidence that can be evaluated when trying to prove or disprove claims about the existence of this beast. Thousands of Eyewitness accounts or observations around the world, hundreds of Bigfoot pictures/videos and even biological material (DNA) such as scat or hair has been claimed to be found on very rare occasions. Other physical forms of suspected evidence have been used by individuals making claims of the existence of this elusive creature, such as assumed footprints and tree structures/markers. There has even been what is considered improvised shelters or nesting areas which are presumed to have been constructed by Bigfoots for various reasons. For the open minded out there and even if you’re a nonbeliever, some of this is rather interesting and in the very least quite amusing.
There are an overwhelming number of eyewitness accounts by individuals who claim to have seen the creature with no other tangible evidence other than a visual observation. First and foremost, is the individual making the claim a credible witness such as a police officer and not some random nutjob or prankster? Regardless of the actual credibility of the witness, this form of evidence is often viewed as weak at best. Because many people can be mistaken about what they have seen or can mix up their facts unknowingly. Even highly trained astronauts who have claimed to observe UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects ) out in outer space are considered highly questionable by skeptics, let alone some backwoods Kentuckian Sasquatch researchers/investigators. If their observation is based on something they saw at a distance, 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 at best. And the simple fact of the matter is there are plenty of people out there who are simply looking for an encounter with the creature. And in this environment, something as simple as a perceived knock accounts for a Grassman/Hairy man encounter. This is not to say that the creature does not exist, but simply there are stumbling blocks which need to be circumvented.
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, (PGF Film)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 (according to Bigfoot researchers). This film appears to be the most substantial evidence that researchers have regarding the actual existence of Bigfoot. Videos surface from time to time that would seem to show a bigfoot in action among other things that are believed by many to validate their existence. Along with the Patterson-Gimlin film, there are many other videos that were taken and are still being taken. Many have been made available to the public for viewing by various Bigfoot researchers and investigators. Most photos that surface can quickly be discredited as fraudulent, mistaken identity for some other forest animal like a black bear, or are blurry images that can’t be validated. There are however some well-documented and convincing pieces of photographic evidence that have been accepted as being extra-ordinary. A bigfoot photograph is usually thought to be very strong evidence for the existence of the creature. The problem is that photos are easily faked, or can be when a number of tests fail to deliver conclusive evidence that it is a bigfoot instead of a bear. So reports about people who have taken photographs while on expeditions in remote areas, naturally receive a lot of attention. The problem with this is that their identities and origins are usually kept secret so there is no way to corroborate their story, or test the authenticity of those photos in ways that would convince skeptics.
The discovery of footprints is among the most compelling evidence that a creature such as 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 (according to Bigfoot researchers). Other types of physical evidence like hair, blood or feces have never been validated as that of Bigfoot. Since Bigfoot has not be “officially” captured it is difficult to determine whether or not the evidence is authentic. More than likely, humans have been involved in these cases according to skeptics. Confirmation of a Bigfoot remains the holy grail of Bigfoot researchers. While this goal continues to elude most Bigfoot researchers, there have been a few cases where remains have been found and documented allegedly. These specimens have been examined and published by various researchers. However, those are just a few scattered reports and no case has been convincingly proved. Most of the “evidence” is anecdotal with no concrete evidence to stand on.
The mystery about Bigfoot’s actual existence remains inexplicable to the majority of people today across the country and the world. The simple fact of the matter is mainstream society deems it misidentification of animals such as the American black bear or simply a grand hoax. Most people believe it’s a moneymaking scheme or a bunch of hillbillies just having a good old time in the woods. 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. It may serve to be the case that there is nothing out there, but who can say with any certainty.
For those looking for evidence of Bigfoot, they have written and documented several encounters over the years. The search for Bigfoot leads to many footprints and other physical evidence. These sightings continue on all over the world and even in places not known for having natural giants like Nepal or Indonesia. Despite these encounters being reported all around the world, there is little scientific evidence behind them. While skeptics call it a hoax or imagine a group of men making money off of lonely people in rural areas, believing this creature really exists remains an important part of our culture and our thoughts about nature’s mysteries. And so the search continues. So is Bigfoot/Sasquatch real; we may never know!
Bigfoot News 2021
- Bigfoot is one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology, along with the Loch Ness monster. The study and research of Bigfoot is considered to be pseudoscience by the mainstream. He has been the subject of numerous tabloid stories and a campy 70s tv show. One would think that such an interesting topic, with so many people interested in it, that conclusive physical evidence of Bigfoot would have been found by now.
- The term Sasquatch is an Anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets. Most Bigfoot researchers believe the “animal” is a type of Gigantopithecus however there are some who believe it’s a type of Neanderthal, Homo erectus, or Homo heidelbergensis, however no remnants of any of those species have been discovered in the Americas.
- When it comes to Bigfoot they are several distinct types of evidence usually spoken of, which include the following: massive footprints, audio recordings, eyewitness sightings and somatic samples such as hair and scat. Physical evidence can range from the controversial to the quite compelling. Somatic samples, which include hair, skin and blood samples have been submitted for analysis. A variety of DNA labs and Cryptozoologists have examined a number of these samples. The most notable being the alleged PGF’s (Patterson-Gimlin Film) footprint cast and the more recent Washington State bigfoot tracks.
- Bigfoot, Swamp Ape, Yowie, Yeti and The Abominable Snowman all seem to describe the same type of creature. Bigfoot investigators/researchers hypothesize they are all related biologically in one manner or another. Bigfoot-like beings, or “hairy hominids,” have been spotted around the world for decades
- In general it is the consensus that Bigfoot is a docile creature. It is a creature which does everything it can in order not to encounter human beings seemingly. If the creature is real it seems to not want to be bothered and to be left alone to live out their lives. However having said that, there are reports of Bigfoot reacting violently to human interaction, but these reports are rare. It is not clear whether these reports are due to a misunderstanding or due to a belief on the part of the witnesses that what they encountered was an aggressive creature. Even when these reports are included though they still amount to less than 10% of all the Bigfoot encounters.