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Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, the Abominable Snowman: You Be The Judge!

Updated on May 23, 2017

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, the Abominable Snowman are all names that bring to mind visions of strange man-like creatures who have been seen throughout different time periods with claimed sightings in many parts of the world. Do they really exist or is the “evidence” on their behalf little more than independently staged forgeries created as part of some elaborate practical joke? You be the judge!

A clip from Roger Patterson's 1967 film.
A clip from Roger Patterson's 1967 film. | Source

Other Names and Legends

Nyalmo, as described by natives of Nepal, are very large. They appear to be covered with thick hair or fur and stand upwards of 18 feet tall. According to the natives they live in the frigid snows of the Himalayas at an elevation of 13,000 feet.

The Wendigo/Windigo/Witiko of Algonquian Indian lore, are said to be spiritually powerful cannibalistic creatures filled with hate whose existence transcends the natural laws of nature.

Legends like those of the Gabrielino Indians of southern California who told stories of the Towis of Takwis which were said to be giant hairy cannibals that smelled like rotten meat and roamed the darkness searching for their next meal. Their tales were preserved for posterity by Spanish missionaries of the 1770’s.

Then too were stories of the D’sonoqua or Tsonokwa or Cannibal Woman believed to inhabit the deep woods and mountains of British Columbia and described as being black, hairy, and twice the size of a man with deep-set eyes who preyed upon little children and ate them.

Bigfoot Sightings: also see Further Investigations section.

Bigfoot, or Sasquatch—a name coined by an Indian agent/teacher J.W. Burns of the Chehalis Indian Reserve, British Columbia in the late 1920’s--has been the subject of many sightings and much controversy. California, Oregon, Washington and up past the Canadian border into British Columbia has had, over the years, numerous sightings. But many different areas also lay claim to visits by this elusive creature.

In Mason County, Kentucky according to a story printed in the Chicago Sun Times 10/12/1980 Anna Mae Sanders and her son-in-law Charles Fulton had a terrifying visitation by a 7-foot white-haired Bigfoot.

In May of 1981 two fishermen returning home from the Newark Watershed in New Jersey spotted and followed down a muddy dirt road what appeared to be a manlike creature covered with reddish brown hair standing 6 1/2-feet tall and weighing about 300lbs.

Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt | Source

There were claims that Teddy Roosevelt had a terrible experience with a Bigfoot while hunting near the Salmon River between Montana and Idaho but that wasn’t true. In his book, The Wilderness Hunter, published in 1893 he tells of a story of a Bigfoot attack related to him by a "grizzled, weather-beaten old mountain hunter, named Bauman."

Bigfoot Brought to Prominence

Folklore, myth, legend, they all have some basis for existence whether it be from a small village in Transylvania, or the cold mountainous regions of Asia. They span time and space to peak our interest and make us wonder about their validity and how their story spread. What were the circumstances that made Bigfoot known to the general public? What happened to bring this mysterious creature to the forefront?

The name Bigfoot came to prominence in the late 1950’s. It was in 1958 that Ray Wallace, a contractor, was awarded a job of constructing, high in the mountains of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties near Bluff Creek, a logging road.

When returning to work on the morning of August 27th his Caterpillar operator, Jerry Crew, had noticed something strange. As he approached his tractor which was left in place the night before, he saw footprints, very large footprints nearly 17 inches long pressed into the mud.

They made a clear pathway completely encircling the area around his tractor and then led down the mountain and disappeared into the forest. Upon closer investigation he noticed that the distance between the footprints was about 50 inches, a rather large stride.

Over the next few weeks there were other occurrences showing the same type of footprints. Some of the other workers were beginning to get nervous because they had seen prints like those before and had also heard stories about giant man-beasts that roamed the mountainous regions of the forests.

About a week later on October 2nd plaster casts of the left and right footprints were made by Jerry Crew which he then brought to a friend whom he thought might be able to shed some light as to their origin. But his friend was unable to identify them.

Crew then brought the plaster casts to the Humboldt Times-Standard on October 4th and showed them to Andrew Genzoli a reporter for the Times-Standard. Genzoli had noticed that Crew had called the creature that made the footprints Bigfoot—it’s said that Crew had not coined the name Bigfoot as it was claimed to be used in the1920’s by the press of that time.

The Times-Standard featured the story on the front page along with a photograph of Jerry Crew with the footprint cast in hand. Soon after the Associated Press got hold of the story and Bigfoot became the official name of the creature.

People didn’t believe the story and ridiculed the workmen especially because Ray Wallace was known to be a practical joker. When confronted with the allegations of a hoax Wallace became angry and denied the accusations. He claimed that not only were there footprints but a 55-gallon drum of diesel fuel, a 700-lb tire, and a 100-lb coil of wire cable had been scattered and thrown about the site. A growing atmosphere of apprehension soon caused 15 of his workers to leave the site, they quit, and Wallace eventually lost thousands of dollars.

Ray Wallace died in 2002 but before he died his family announced publicly that he admitted to them that he used pairs of wooden feet he had carved to fake Bigfoot tracks across several states and that he was largely responsible for the Bigfoot legends in the Northwest.

Jeff Meldrum an animal movement expert and associate professor of anthropology and anatomy at Idaho State University had examined many casts and photographs of other footprints found in the Northwest region. His findings were that some of the footprints he examined exhibited characteristics attributed to living creatures but when he examined photographs of the casts made by Wallace’s fake feet he, as other investigators before him, found them to be lifeless static representations.

Meldrum didn’t believe that Wallace’s carved wooden feet were responsible for the footprints he studied earlier, because of his findings the possibility that a creature such as Bigfoot does in fact exist is still open for debate.

Judge for Yourself

The most controversial and possibly the most well known recorded evidence of a Bigfoot creature is the 1967 Roger Patterson color film of a female Bigfoot. The film runs for approximately 1 minute and features what appears to be a female Bigfoot swinging her muscular arms walking in the forest. At one point she turns to look at her stalkers and then continues into the woods.

Roger Patterson's Film 1967

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      Wickramshingle 4 years ago from East Coast

      Well tsadjatko thanks for your input of which you are probably right, people do use what they can to further their own ends. Although nothing in life or existence can be known positively the only thing humans can do is believe or not, in something and have faith that it is true but that's not really proof of anything. My personal believe is anything having to do with the occult or strange phenomena is a hoax and only kept alive so it can be profited from.

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      TSAD 4 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      "It's unknown" how many make believe bigfoot creatures exist? That's odd 'cause I think the make believe number of a make believe creature is whatever you want it to be. Of course the number of unknown creatures existing would have to be unknown, wouldn't it?

      Meldrum is selling casts of tracks that have been PROVED to be hoaxes. He's a total scammer and makes a lot of money from this - he also gets grants from rich people who think he's being honest. Guess who matches those grants? The State of Idaho through their funding of Idaho State U. Now apparently Jeffrey Meldrum, who graduated from BYU, is trying to get funding -- 300,000 dollars worth of funding -- to launch a blimp that will survey the area above Utah to find Big Foot.

      Bigfoot is a hoax, totally and the only people who promote it are either naïve or making money from it. The best evidence found so far of bigfoot can be seen in this video which leaves a lot to be desired.

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      Wickramshingle 5 years ago from East Coast

      It's unknown how many Bigfoot creatures or man-beasts exist. There's no way to tell. They are said to live in secluded areas deep in the woods and high in the mountainous regions of North America, areas that are not easily accessible. This is true all over the world.

      Professor Jeff Meldrum, once a skeptic, now believes and estimates that there may be as much as 500 to 750 Bigfoot living in North America.

      According to the BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) a conservative estimate would be in the range of 2000 - 6000 actual Bigfoot with claimed sightings of approximately 990 reported in the US.

      I hope this answers your question. Thanks for your interest.

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      JThomp42 5 years ago

      I don't believe. As big as they are? How can there be so few sightings?

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      Wickramshingle 5 years ago from East Coast

      It's hard to say but there is a lot of evidence but nothing really conclusive. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Brenda 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I feel they are real. and that they ether live alone of in small groups and that is why we have a hard time finding them. But there is so many sitings, prints, photos and so on, I don't see they could not be out there.