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Hunting the Bigfoot
In 1924, a small group of miners was working a mine in a canyon near Mount Saint Helens in Washington.
One strange night, the miners felt watched and uneasy, so they took their weapons inside, bolted the door, and hunkered down for the evening.
When all was settled inside, someone or something began, a desperate attempt to break in . . . the attack continued for a couple of hours. The miners were armed with rifles, and they escaped the siege unharmed.
The miners all described their attackers as big, hairy, ape-like creatures . . . This area of the Pacific Northwest is known as “Ape Canyon,” and many people believe that it is the home of Bigfoot.
A reincarnation of the eerie night the miners endured was captured on the 1975 documentary style television show, In Search of. You might remember the show, Leonard Nimoy narrated it, and it dealt with unexplained mysteries, paranormal activity, and supernatural events.
You can catch the the story in the clip below of the In Search of Bigfoot episode.
The Native Americans of Oregon, Washington and Canada refer to Bigfoot as Sasquatch, and they have known about the existence of this creature since as long as they have inhabited the area.
There have been thousands of sightings of the creature over the years, from Northern California to Southwest British Columbia. Most of the sightings have been hoaxes, but some of them have been hard to debunk . . . even by accomplished scientists.
While most of the world scoffs at the existence of a half human, half ape creature, there are some scientists who firmly believe that Sasquatch does, or at least could, exist . . . and they offer decent evidence to boot.
Gigantopithecus is an ape that once roamed the portion of Earth that we know of today as China. Fossilized bones of the great creature show evidence of its anatomical structure being somewhere between human and ape - a giant hominid related to, but not 100% like modern man.
Most scientists believe that this genus of ape has been extinct for a million years. However, some Anthropologists believe that Gigantopithecus has found a way to continue to thrive . . . this is the creature that we have come to know as Bigfoot.
The prevailing theory is that the creature migrated here across the Bering land bridge, which connected Asia to the Americas nearly 20,000 years ago.
The Infamous Patterson-Gimlin Film
The Patterson-Gimlin film, or sometimes just called the Patterson Film, is the world famous clip of a supposed Bigfoot that appears across the screen for a couple of seconds.
Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin were two guys who set out on a quest to document the existence of the creature.
They chose the area of Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California because there were many sightings of the creature there, as well as documented casts of gigantic footprints.
They happened to encounter the creature while they were on horseback in the area. According to the two, the horses became unstable (either the unfamiliar scent of the creature, the sight or both), so Patterson dismounted with his camera and rifle.
The famous film depicts a small part of what happened next, as they both claim that they were in a state of shock and neither of them thought to document the footage at first.
The Patterson-Gimlin film was shot on the afternoon of October 20, 1967. Mainstream media and popular culture discount the film as a hoax . . .
A friend of Patterson’s came forward and stated that he had worn an ape suit for the film, but there were many others who made claims that they participated in the hoax, and the “confessor” could not produce the suit. Now, more than 40 years later, there still has been no conclusive evidence to debunk the film.
Furthemore, there are many scientists who have pulled the film apart, and they believe that there are certain characteristics of the creature in the video that could not possibly have been faked by a human in an ape suit.
In 1882, a British Columbia newspaper called “The Colonist,” published a story about a group of railroad workers who captured a Sasquatch-like creature they called“The Jacko.”
They described the creature as being something like a gorilla, standing at 4 feet and 7 inches, and weighing about 127 pounds. It was covered with inch long, glossy hair from head to foot (except its paws and feet), its forearms are extremely long, and it possesses incredible strength.
The fate of the unknown animal is unknown today, it has been speculated that the creature was shipped off to a circus, but it died in transit.
Then, in 2007, a hunter by the name of Rick Jacobs recorded a video of something quite peculiar in the Allegheny National Forest.
He claims that the picture is of a young Sasquatch, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission states that it is a young bear with a severe case of mange.
However, if you take a close look at the photos, you will see the glossy hair on the creature - there is no way that it is a “mangy bear.”
Bigfoot: Real or Myth?
There have been several formal studies of Bigfoot. The studies neither confirm nor deny the existence of the creature. The general consensus is in line with primatologist John Napier, who states:
"I am convinced that Sasquatch exists, but whether it is all it is cracked up to be is another matter altogether. There must be something in north-west America that needs explaining, and that something leaves man-like footprints."