Bigfoot: Is Sasquatch Real?
Nope, that’s not your Aunt Buela after she had too much to drink and went streaking at the family picnic last year; that handsome hairy devil in the photo above is a Sasquatch, or as most of us know it, a Bigfoot. Long believed to inhabit the forests of the Pacific Northwest region of North America, Bigfoot (although entire populations of Sasquatch are believed to exist, we will refer to just the singular Bigfoot because we like to call him that) is a bi-pedal, ape-like cryptid that stands between 6 and 10 feet (2 to 3 meters), weighs over 500lbs (230kg), is covered in dark hair, smells terrible, and resembles a cross between a man and a gorilla. There is no conclusive evidence of Bigfoot’s existence; in fact, most evidence found so far has been proved to be fake. However, with sightings dating as far back as the 1800s and as recent as 2007, we’re hard pressed to dismiss Bigfoot as a hoax. Especially since there’s some explanations for his existence that actually make some sense on a scientific level.
Stories passed down through generations of the indigenous population of the Pacific Northwest have told of a “wild man” that lived in the mountains and stole food from the natives. Reverend Elkanah Walker reported hearing stories like this from Native Americans in 1840; while members of the Lummi Tribe told tales of the ‘Ts’emekwes’, a race of giants that sounded an awful lot like our old friend Bigfoot. Other stories described a more sinister race known as ‘skoocooms’, who fed on humans; specifically children. Many believers also point to a story from Theodore Roosevelt’s 1892 book The Wilderness Hunter, which described an encounter with a violent bear, as evidence of a Bigfoot encounter. In more modern times; a trail camera in Pennsylvania photographed a creature that appeared very Bigfoot-esque in 2007.
Unfortunately for believers in Bigfoot (Indie-Rock band name alert!), most modern sightings have been proven hoaxes. The 1951 discovery of footprints in California was proven a hoax when the widows of a local logger and a local Newspaper editor admitted that their husbands had conspired to fake the tracks. Another famous hoax occurred in 2008, when two Georgia men posted a video on Youtube that claimed to be of a a dead Bigfoot’s body. After receiving a huge amount of media attention, the “body” was proven fake and the men were declared frauds.
So clearly we have no idea whether Bigfoot is real or fake, but if he is real, what is he? Most believers think that ole’ stinky is any one of many similar animals that are believed extinct. The most common thought is that Bigfoot is part of a relict population of Gigantopithecus; which is a species of great ape that lived in Asia and stood around 10 ft (3m) tall. It’s believed that Bigfoot or his ancestors walked across the Bering Land Bridge and ended up in the forests of North America. Other theories posit that Bigfoot is a remnant of some sort of large hominid thought to have already died out, or that he is a specimen of homo erectus (our ancestors) that failed to evolve, but managed to survive.
Well folks, they haven’t found a Bigfoot yet, but we guess they also haven’t not found a Bigfoot yet, so for right now, Bigfoot remains…and Otherworld Mystery.