The Evidence of Bigfoot
Have you ever wandered the woods of the Northwest and felt like someone was watching you? There is a legend that tells of a huge monster that stalks our very woods, but it is no legend. Bigfoot has wandered our forest for decades; quite possibly centuries, and will continue to do so well into the future.
Many sightings have occurred all over the world, but none more frequently than on the West Coast of North America. Near Fellers Heights in British Columbia, Canada, four men belonging to an oil crew described seeing a seven-foot, four hundred pound monster running around the worksite (Gaffron 82). Myles Jack, one of the workers that witnessed the creature told of its fluid movement, despite its size and weight (82). “Then it peered at them through the trees as it circled the worksite. ‘It was like we were on his territory and he was checking us out,’ said Jack” (82). When interviewed, Jack and his companions even explained that they had not been drinking (82). After the interview, Ann Rees, a staff reporter for The Province, went to the worksite where the Bigfoot was sighted, and, after seeing the footprints, claimed it to be “the best Sasquatch sighting in almost a decade” (83). Later, an expert named René Dahinden was called in to investigate the site (83). Upon seeing the footprints, Dahinden was very impressed; the footprints did indeed indicate that the creature was crouching while it watched the workers (83). In Graffron’s book, she tells about Dahinden’s thoughts about the evidence in the site: “Dahinden ruled out the possibilities of pranksters. ‘Planting footprints in the ground six feet apart in a foot and one-half of snow with no disturbance between the prints is just not that simple,’ he said. ‘Besides, it wouldn’t have the weight that these prints seem to indicate’" (83).
This is a highly reasonable observation, because how else could someone place all those prints in that deep of snow, scare four out of seven workers, and make an impression in the earth that a four hundred pound creature would make while crouching, without showing signs of alterations?
Probably the most famous sighting was that of Roger Patterson’s. A former rodeo rider, part-time inventor, and an avid believer in the Bigfoot legend, Patterson had been searching for Bigfoot when he stumbled onto a remarkable encounter on October 20, 1967 at about 1:15 in then afternoon (“In Pursuit” 98). He and his friend, Bob Gimlin, had been searching for Bigfoot while they were picking their way northward along Bluff Creek, which flows into the Klamath River of Northern California (98). When they came upon a pile of logs, they were suddenly confronted with Patterson’s “long-sought quarry” (99). “In the hopes of producing a documentary film for television, Patterson had been taking scenic shots of Bigfoot country and keeping the camera at hand for just such a circumstance.” (99). The Bigfoot’s sudden appearance, and most like her smell, spooked the horses, which sent them bolting back the way that they had come, screaming (98). Luckily, Patterson had already grabbed his 16-mm camera before he was thrown from his horse (98). With the camera in hand, Patterson took off after the creature through the wet sand, for he had no doubt that it was what he had been searching for (99). Patterson was extremely excited to finally see an actual Bigfoot, and to quite possibly get the creature on film:
As he plunged along, waving the camera erratically, the creature moved away behind some low piles of logs and scrub. “Cover me!” shouted Patterson. Gimlin drew his rifle from its scabbard, holding the weapon only at ready—the men had agreed earlier never to shoot a Bigfoot unless it threatened them. Patterson stopped running, crouched, and kept the camera pointed as best he could at the retreating figure which, at one point, swiveled her torso and head and looked back at her pursuers as she continued to stride away from them. “Oh, my God, I’m out of film!” Patterson cried.
Patterson had spent most of his film on the scenery of Bigfoot country for his documentary, and now the horses, along with the rest of Patterson’s film, had taken off in the opposite direction (99). Instead of pursuing the creature further, they went back for the horses (99). When they returned to the site, the Bigfoot was gone, but they had gotten what they came for, and, in addition, found the Bigfoot’s imprints in the sand (99). “They were fourteen and a half inches long and five inches wide, and the creatures stride measured forty to forty-two inches” (99). Later on, analysis of the film discovered that during the creatures stride, she had kept her knees bent, similar to that of a cross-country skier (99). Humans, on the other hand, normally take their body’s weight on straight legs, which causes them to bob up and down with each stride (99). While only glimpsed in the film, millions of viewers have watched Patterson’s movie (99). Also, even with the advancement of technology, no one has yet to prove that Roger Patterson’s film is a hoax.
The most interesting thing about Bigfoot is the fact that Bigfoot sightings have been reported from very wide areas, and over a long amount of time. In fact, reported sightings have occurred since the November of 1870 in California, March of 1904 in Oregon, July of 1924 in Washington, and the July of 1884 in British Columbia (Gordon 37-45). That totals to over 130 years of reported sightings! With the human population growing and the size of our forest decreasing, sightings of this legendary monster have become more frequent. Bigfoot has been reported in many areas of North America, but most sightings have been found all along the Pacific Coast; from Northern Mexico to Alaska (Gaffron 16). Through all these sightings, one thing has remained relatively the same—the consistency of the reports! Like all creatures, Bigfoot’s height and weight range from creature to creature. He is said to be from six to eleven feet tall, and weigh anywhere from 700 to 2,500 pounds (Gordon 16). Most critics would argue that because of the range of its height and weight in the reports, it could not possibly be real. While his height and weight seem to vary, the rest of its description remains the same. Bigfoot is commonly reported to be slightly stooped or erect, having dark skin, and having auburn or black hair covering its body (16). He is frequently described as ape-like; his arms are said to be long, which swing while he walks, and hands that are nearly hairless (16). His footprints are reported to be fourteen to eighteen inches long, and seven inches wide (18). These creatures are said to be, “generally reclusive and shy, although alleged to react aggressively when threatened or injured” (18).
After learning about these creatures, you have to wonder why someone would make this up. I mean if people did try to make it up, why don’t they make it more interesting? How could people see someone’s imaginative creature across the globe and throughout time? I believe that Bigfoot is real, and he is out there right now. The only reason people haven’t agreed on the existence of this creature is because they have not found any bones from this creature yet. They have found hair and pelts from the beast, and as soon as someone finds their bones, it will be no question that this creature exists.