For hundreds of years, in North America, people have had encounters with a creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot.? This phenomenon can no longer be dismissed as urban legend or myth.? Bigfoot is a real creature that lives among our forest around the world.
Bigfoot is described as a humanlike or apelike creature, covered with black or brown fur. People in many parts of the United States and Canada, especially in the Pacific Northwest, claim to have seen this creature. Bigfoot is said to be six to nine feet, tall, and very strong. It smells bad and has large feet, about sixteen inches long and seven inches wide. Bigfoot walks upright and eats roots, berries, deer, and elk. It is supposed to be very shy and afraid of people, but curious about them, too.
The Bigfoot creature has many names. Canadians call it the Sasquatch. This word comes from a Native American word for ???hairy giant.??? Some scientists call it Gigantopithecus. Other common names from different cultures around the world include: Wild Man, Admoniable Snowman, Oh-mah-ah, Omah, Meh-Teh, Dzu-Teh, Feifei, Orang- Dalam, Yeh- The, Skunk Ape, Windigo, and Almas.
Some people suggest Bigfoot is actually Pithesanthropus erectus, a species believed to be closely related to humans, but now extinct. Pithesanthropus erectus teeth and fossilized remains have been found and proven to exist. They were large apelike/humanoid creatures. The females were about 7 feet tall and the males 10-12 feet tall and they coexisted with homo erectus for thousands of years. They existed for over 6 million years and only went “extinct” about 100,000 yrs ago. Maybe an evolutionary offshoot that had migrated north survived and is now what we call present day Bigfoot.
For many years Bigfoot was considered to be restricted to the Pacific Northwest. This region was perceived as the only area of North America sufficiently forested and undeveloped to support a population of this species without its members being commonly observed. However, there have been sightings in all 50 states and Canada. Areas in the Midwest, south and east coast have hundreds of sightings but have been treated as local phenomenon. Reports of regional monsters quickly become items of local folklore and, as such, are treated as unscientific and of merely local interest.
For many years, Native American tribes told stories about Bigfoot. Early explorers knew about Bigfoot, as well. The first written report came from an explorer named David Thompson, who wrote about large footprints he found in Alberta, Canada, in 1811. In 1924, a group of miners in Washington reported that they saw some hairy, apelike creatures. They shot at two of them. That night, the miners were trapped in there cabin by a group of creatures that threw rocks and pounded on the doors, walls, and roof. Many scientist say stories about Bigfoot are legends are lies, but many people say they saw something real.
A Canadian reporter and author named John Green began investigating Bigfoot in 1957. Over the years, he interviewed more than three thousand people who claimed to have seen Bigfoot in the wild. Green??™s most famous interview was with a man named Albert Ostman. Ostman told Green that while camping in 1924, he was kidnapped by a group of Bigfeet- and held captive for almost a whole week. Ostman was very frightened by what happened. He kept his secret for more than thirty years. I believe Ostman??™s story to be a lie. There are many things wrong with his story, the first being he would have most likely been camping with someone and they would have noticed him missing and reported it. Ostman would have told someone the story before he told John Green, someone that he knew would have made him famous.
In October 1967, a Bigfoot researcher named Roger Pattinson and his friend, Bob Gimlin, were horseback riding in Bluff Creek, California. They claimed to have seen a creature sitting beside the creek. Patterson said he grabbed his movie camera and filmed the creature as it walked away into the trees. Patterson??™s short movie is the only film ever made of Bigfoot. The film seems to show a female, over six feet tall, with a short neck, sloping forehead, long arms, and powerful legs. The film they shot became one of the most famous pieces of footage in Bigfoot history. Even the experts can??™t agree on the film??™s authenticity.
The Patterson Footage has never been debunked as a hoax. No one has ever demonstrated how it was done. Neither the ???original costume???, nor a matching costume, has ever been presented by honest skeptics, nor by various imposters who have claim to worn the costume. Large amounts of money have been spent trying to make a matching costume. The best Hollywood costume design talents have been brought to the task, but never succeeded. The British Broadcasting Corporation spent the most money so far. They failed miserably. Every attempt and failure to make a similar costume strengthens the authenticity of the Patterson footage.
People who believe in Bigfoot say that footprints are the best evidence to prove that the creature exists. In 1958, a man named Jerry Crew found lots of very large footprints near his bulldozer in Willow Creek, California. Examining the prints, it seemed as if the creature had been looking at the bulldozer. Crew made casts of the prints. Many other footprints have been found over the ears in Washington, Oregon, and western Canada. Some of the most interesting were found in Walla Walla, Washington in 1982. These footprints showed dermal ridges. Only humans and primates have dermal, ridges, which are found on fingers and the soles of feet.
Using apples and melons as bait, members of the Bigfoot Field Researches Organization claim to have captured the first partial body cast of a Washington State Sasquatch. Positioned at the center of a mud puddle in the Skookum Meadows of Gifford Pinchot National Forest, not far from Mount Saint Helen??™s, the tasty snack allegedly convinced a full- grown creature to lie at the puddles edge and feast. Deep impressions of a hair- covered hip, elbow, heel, wrist, and even buttocks were left in the mud. Hours after the creature left the team captured the imprints in a plaster cast, now known as the Skookum Cast. Some of the hairs on the cast come from a primate that has never been identified.
Most scientists do not believe in the existence of Bigfoot, even though many people claim to have seen it, and many footprints have been found. Scientist want real proof, and are offering a million dollar reward for it. They want someone to trap, a live Bigfoot, or they want someone to find the body, skeleton, or skull of a dead Bigfoot.
Bigfoot is real, there are to many pictures and casts to disprove that. The Patterson Footage is also no hoax, and shows a real Bigfoot. No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to fully disprove Bigfoot??™s existence in our world.