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The Big Foot Legend

Updated on May 12, 2022
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Angela is a lover of the supernatural and Greek mythology. Although naturally skeptical, she loves hearing theories of the unknown.


Does the Sasquatch indeed exist? Are the numerous photos that supposedly show a sizeable ape-like creature real? Regardless of what you believe, there are reports across the United States of sightings of this monstrous creature. It is believed to live in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, among other very wooded, sometimes mountainous terrains. The Sasquatch is often described as being humanoid yet apelike. He walks upright, yet his arms hang down low like an ape. He's hairy and climbs trees like an ape but shows excellent intelligence and stealth.

Most scientists dismiss the idea of a Sasquatch because they believe that it is either a hoax, folklore, or misidentifying of a real thing. Then there is a belief it is a combination of some of these. Animal Planet even specializes in trying to identify this in their series Finding Bigfoot. They have a skeptic that travels with the "Squatchers. " She remembers many of the falsehoods of these sightings or possible errors. Amazingly, as the season has continued, even she seems to become almost convinced.

Pike's Peak Big Foot Crossing Sign

Sign at Pikes Peak, due to the frequent sitings!
Sign at Pikes Peak, due to the frequent sitings! | Source

History of the Legend

Before 1958, there are numerous stories, all describing similar features and habits. This giant creature has many names. One name early on was skoocooms, which was believed to be a cannibalistic madman. It was thought to have supernatural powers.

J. W. Burns was the first man to coin the phrase Sasquatch, which he wrote in a series for a local Canadian newspaper. Throughout the year 1958, this new name and description became popular in Canada and soon the United States. The legend spread as one common legend shared by many, unlike the sporadic short stories spread earlier on.

Regardless of the legends and possible sightings, even the strongest believers of Bigfoot will admit that around 80 percent of so-called sightings are fictional! Either people have misidentified a known species as a Bigfoot, or less likely, they chose to fabricate a story for attention.

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One thing that makes the Sasquatch reports so convincing is the similarities between many people's reports. The two best descriptions that most often pop up when describing this elusive creature are ape-like and humanoid. It is believed to walk upright on two feet just like a human and stand between six and ten feet tall. It is covered in hair, which is the big difference between the Sasquatch and humans. Their hair is usually dark brown or reddish-brown, much like an ape. Although there have been very few sitings of a white ape, that is believed to be an aged Sasquatch, or possibly an albino Squatch.

In some ways, descriptions of the face seem reminiscent of Frankenstein with its prominent brow, large eyes, and a broad, low, set forehead.

Footprints claimed to have been made by the Sasquatch are two feet long and eight inches wide. The vast majority of the Sasquatch's impressions have five toes like most apes, although some have had two to six. So the prints have not been consistent, except in size. Some casts have had claws, which means bears, not a Bigfoot, most likely make the footprints!

According to those who claim to have encountered it, it has a powerful odor. It is also believed to be omnivorous and nocturnal.

A Big Foot Print

This was believed to later be a hoax.
This was believed to later be a hoax. | Source

The Footprint

The footprints have been found as early as 1951 and again in 1958 when the name Sasquatch became popular. It was initially believed to be a Yeti print, possibly a myth of the same unknown creature as the Sasquatch.

Over the years, over one thousand unidentified footprints have been under evaluation as possibly from Bigfoot. They were either photographed, and some were even made casts for further examination. The prints have not always been consistent with varying amounts of toes and claw marks. But some things seem to remain constant. They all seem to be flat-footed. In a vast majority of the casts, the toes are longer proportionately than that of humans.

There is one notable inconsistency that makes the plausibility more likely. That is that the toe positioning is never consistent. For instance, the toes are all next to each other in some cases, whereas other casts will show the toes splayed out. This seems like it may be more plausible because the animal is believed to live in the mountain areas. If the animal does have splaying or toes close together, this proves the animal is well-adapted for mountain walking. The toes allow the animal to have a helpful grasp on the rocky terrain and can better change its steps for walking on flat land and rocky ground.

BigFoot Sightings


FBI Investigates Bigfoot

In 1976, the FBI began a file on Bigfoot. The record started when Director Peter Byrne sent fifteen hairs attached to a piece of skin. The director stated that his organization, the Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition, could not identify what animal the hairs came from. He hoped that they would be able to compare it to other strands that others suspected of coming from Bigfoot. Unfortunately, the FBI had never identified suspected Bigfoot hair prior and had nothing to compare it to. After further study, though, they were able to identify the strands, and they belonged to the deer family.

The hair is not the only thing they have investigated regarding bigfoot, but also suspected footprints of bigfoot.


Bears and Other Theories

No matter how much evidence we find that matches the believed description, there will still be people who are critiques. Many people think that the sightings have just been a bear standing on its hind legs. A few problems with this line of thinking is the proportions are not correct. The pictures reveal legs that show a creature with much longer limbs in proportion to its body than a bear has.

But even if it's not a bear, one must keep in mind that nearly 80 percent of the sightings are entirely made up. There has never been any non-refutable evidence discovered. How come more people have not seen it? Even if the animal had been able to elude human observation, it seems as if there would be some possible skeletal structure found in all of the many fossils found in the North-Western portion of North America. Though, if you think of how often you have walked through woods, how often have you seen the skeletal remains of any creature? Even if you find skeletal remains, how many are complete and easily identifiable.

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


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