Although the legends and tales of Bigfoot go back further, most of us who were alive and old enough at the time first remember hearing about Bigfoot sometime in the 1970’s, no doubt thanks especially to the movie Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot (released in 1977). Somehow that big hairy apelike creature with a short temper and a penchant for eluding skeptics while roaming the forests of North American caught our attention and inspired our imagination. Yet the question always remained – is Bigfoot real? And it was this question, and the fact that there was no definite answer, the enthralled us the most.
So is Bigfoot real? What do we know? What evidence do we have? All we really have are scattered tales of campers and hikers, strange images of footprints, a few footprint casts, a handful of blurry photographs (some of which are obviously frauds) and a few moments of fuzzy video. When looking into the evidence for Bigfoot sightings one immediately finds themselves in a realm similar to that of UFO sightings; lots of people talking, lots of people speculating, but never much evidence to go on besides vague and obscured images.
The most famous footage of Bigfoot was taken in 1967 by Rodger Patterson at Bluff Creek, Washington. This is the video where a Gorilla-like creature is seen traipsing through the woods and looks back at the camera before moving on. This footage became more publically known in the 70’s however, as the question and mystery of Bigfoot really started to take off. Some scientists, mostly in more recent times, who have studied this footage concluded that the creature was female and took a larger stride than a human, and consequently would have been very difficult for a man in some kind of a gorilla suit to replicate.
There is some interesting history behind Bigfoot that gives the creature some special claim to validity. Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch or Yeti, became officially recognized in 1975 when the Army Corps of Engineers published an atlas naming this elusive creature as being native to Washington state. The report described Bigfoot as being strong and quick but also so shy that it leaves little evidence of its existence. It further reported the Sasquatch as being as much as 12 feet tall and weighing in at around 1000 pounds. Just why and on what basis someone decided to include and approve this entry in the 1975 environmental report is unclear, however it certainly provided justification for confident assertions of belief far and wide.
So does Bigfoot exist? Is Bigfoot real? Many passionately argue that he does, however concrete evidence is sorely lacking. Believers point out the fact that new species, or species thought to be extinct, are discovered all the time. Granted, but these creatures are species that have been well hidden in the ocean’s depths or deep in jungles on remote tropical islands where man rarely sets foot. Bigfoot on the other hand is rumored to roam the forests of Washington State, a well populated and explored region of land.
What’s also oddly missing from the Bigfoot tale is not just more definite sightings and clear images, but common evidence; evidence that goes beyond a solitary footprint here or there. Many of us roam the woods at times, never seeing a deer, but we still find plenty of evidence of deer, such as droppings, lots and lots of footprints, or some kind of nibbled items. On occasion we may also find bones and other remains from a deceased deer. Yet no such evidence of Bigfoot exists. Surely such evidence should show up in a place like Washington State or British Columbia.
Another interesting point about Bigfoot that makes its existence doubtful, is its consistently solitary manifestation. Certainly there are creatures that are solitary in nature, but they are nonetheless a part of a larger population of the same creature. Bigfoot just couldn’t exist, and continue to exist, all on his own. There would have to be a substantial population of this creature (numbering at least in the hundreds), which would make its discovery that much more likely, and the lack of evidence much more suspicious.
It also seems odd that the images and tracks as well as reported sighting of Bigfoot never indicate that the creature ever has any company, not a mate, nor friend nor offspring. Any sort of bipedular ape-like creature known to us, be it an ape, gorilla, monkey or man, always lives and functions, and is typically found in groups. Why is Bigfoot always alone? Why are there never any sightings Bigfeet? Perhaps because this is the nature of the mythical beast people like to imagine. They imagine a single creature, almost as if it’s the only creature in existence, stealthily making its living in the backwoods, like nature’s version of the Phantom of the Opera, living and existing in a way that is utterly mysterious and unknown to man.
To be sure the idea of Bigfoot is a fun one, but if Bigfoot real? Although it’s impossible to disprove the existence of such a creature, all indicators are that he is but one of several beloved creature myths that we will never quite be ready to outgrow or give up on.