It’s pretty commonly accepted nowadays that Bigfoot is a legend used to scare kids around the campfire. Nonetheless, there are still those who are convinced that Bigfoot is indeed real! Let's take a look....
In case you aren’t familiar with this famous legend of North America, Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) is a large, hairy primate. The supposed average height of a Bigfoot is a whopping 7’10” and 650 pounds.
If Bigfoot is real, we certainly don’t want to come across one anytime soon.
So is our fear of a nearly eight-feet-tall hairy primate legitimate? There have been no recent or modern accounts of humans being attacked by the legendary creature, but there have been two reports in the past describing violent attacks on humans, and one that describes a human death by Bigfoot.
Some reports of Bigfoot sightings extend all the way back hundreds of years. Native tribes of North America have always regarded a Bigfoot-like being as almost supernatural and even an omen who is meant to serve as a various messages to human beings who see him.
It appears that Bigfoot might even have cousins in other areas of the world - legends of large, hairy human-like creatures exists in many other places: in China it’s the Yeren, in Australia the Yowie, in Nepal the Yeti, and in Indonesia it’s the Orang Pendek.
There have been countless reports of supposed Bigfoot sightings throughout North America. One woman in Colorado reportedly saw one after she pulled her truck over in the early morning just before heading through Independence Pass. She admitted that she never believed that Bigfoot could be real until that experience.
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The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, or BFRO for short, was founded in 1995 and is currently “the only scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery,” according to their website. They even hold Bigfoot Town Hall meetings in numerous states!
BFRO has said that there are simply far too many consistent witness accounts and historical records of Bigfoot sightings to simply be a myth. Furthermore, these witnesses have been very evenly dispersed across the continent (and even throughout the world) and throughout time.
In the 1960s, a researcher named Dr. Grover Krantz (pictured) at Washington State University examined a series of casts and footprints from around Washington state of the supposed creature. He determined that one particular cast of an apparently injured foot either had to be made by an incredibly large bipedal primate, or an artist with an expert grasp on primate foot anatomy.
There have been various recordings of Bigfoot’s calls. While some have mistaken coyote howls for Bigfoot howls, Bigfoot is said to have a very distinct howl and scream that can be heard at night. Sounds of wood-knocking and rock-clacking have also been largely accepted as a characteristic of Bigfoot.
Perhaps the most famous sighting ever is known as the Patterson-Gimlin Film, which was filmed in 1967 and is regarded as one of the strongest pieces of evidence for the existence of Bigfoot.
It was taken by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in northern California. Patterson wanted to make a documentary about Bigfoot, so the two headed down to California after hearing about tracks found in the valley around Bluff Creek.
The Patterson-Gimlin footage has been analyzed by scientists countless times and has never been debunked. People who have “confessed” to the footage being fake have also not been able to prove that a costume was used, or recreate said costume due to the strange limb ratios of the creature in the footage.
BFRO’s website addresses several FAQs that skeptics tend to have. For example, some may wonder why no one’s found any Bigfoot remains in the woods before. To that, BFRO has replied that no one has gone out searching specifically for remains yet, and that finding fossils of any land animal in general tend to be very rare.
Another common question that skeptics may have is this: If Bigfoot is real, then why hasn’t he been seen by more people?
First of all, it’s believed that the Bigfoot population is incredibly small at 2,000-6,000 in all of North America, and that their families are small and mobile, unlike other types of primates. They also leave very little impact on the land, which makes it difficult to know exactly where they might be at any given time.
Unfortunately we don’t have all the answers, and nor does anyone else, so we can really only speculate for now. Anything is possible, and Bigfoot’s existence certainly hasn’t been completely ruled out yet!
Now it’s your turn...do you think it’s possible that Bigfoot really does exist? Or is it just another folktale that makes for a good campfire story? Let us know in the comments!