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Is Bigfoot Real?

Updated on April 26, 2017
Bigfoot is now used as a commercial joke
Bigfoot is now used as a commercial joke

Is Bigfoot real?

The creature is said to be 8-10 feet tall, no neck, eyes that glow red in the beam of a flashlight, hair covering its entire body, a rancid smell to make your eyes water and a scream that will make your blood run cold.

Over the centuries there has been debate over the possibility of a Bigfoot living in the mountains that only comes down to scare people and steal supplies. Hundred of sightings are reported each year, but how many of them are true and how many are hoaxes?

Without proving one way or another that the creature is fact or fiction it's impossible to say if the sightings are real or not. Thanks to the likes of people like Rick Dyer and Tom Biscardi we known for sure there are certain people out there who hoax everyone to make a quick buck.

But before we write off everyone that ever sees or claims to see a Bigfoot lets consider a few things.

First, there are Bigfoot sightings going back to early medieval times, In Medieval Europe, according to Myra Shackley, “Medieval wildmen were seen generally as hairy, with both human and animal traits. Often they were covered with hair except for the face, feet and hands." The obvious question here, why would people from Medieval times lie about seeing hairy beings? What was there to gain from them reporting these encounters?

Secondly, again before cameras and hoaxes for money, Native Americans accepted and lived with Bigfoot stories as part of their every day life. Native American Bigfoot legends usually describe the creatures as being around 6-9 feet tall, very strong, hairy, uncivilized, and often foul-smelling, living in the woods and often foraging at night close to their camps.

Native American Bigfoot creatures are said to be unable to speak human languages, using whistles, grunts, banging on trees, and gestures to communicate with each other. In some stories, male Bigfeet are said to be able to mate with human women. In some Native stories, Bigfoot may have minor supernatural powers-- the ability to turn invisible, for example, but they are always considered physical creatures of the forest, not spirits or ghosts.

Why would our ancestors make these up? They certainly weren't making this up for money, a lot of these tales from our ancestors tell us how scared they were by these giant hairy beings. If these tales scared them so bad why would they continue to tell them until "modern man" began settling America? Doesn't it make more sense that these tales have a ringing of truth? A lot of the things that Native American's saw and told us about have been proven to be true, why not this one? Consider the great Apex that was reported but the tribes in Africa as fact and proven to be true later.

2008 "Bigfoot body"
2008 "Bigfoot body"
Dyers "Hank"
Dyers "Hank"


Something to always keep in the back of your mind when you are looking into the phenomenon of Bigfoot: always use your common sense to figure out if someone is trying to pull your leg or make a buck off of you. Unfortunately there are a lot of shady people out there.

For a good, and more recent example, consider the case of Rick Dyer. For those of you who remember back in 2008 he was one of the guys who said that he shot a Bigfoot then tried to sell it to make a buck. Sadly that wasn't the last the "Bigfoot community" heard from Rick Dyer.

  1. In 2008 he said that he had a body
  2. In 2009 he said again that he had a body for sale
  3. In 2010 he said that the Men in Black took the Bigfoot body he had
  4. In 2012 he said that he had a "tent video" of a Bigfoot he caught while camping
  5. In 2013 he claimed that he had a third body of Bigfoot for sale

The point to be made here is to always use your best judgment when someone tries to "sell you" a Bigfoot body or Bigfoot story. Do your research on the person that is trying to tell you they have proof Bigfoot is real or they have evidence, if someone has a shady past more than likely their present isn't much different.

Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there who are willing to stoop very low by scamming others into buying into their fantasy. Another way they do this, is to charge any amount to take you into a public park while you search for Bigfoot; why pay for something you can do for free with a friend?. Always remain alert but open minded.

There is no way to prove or disprove if a 8 foot hairy man creature was across the road watching me
There is no way to prove or disprove if a 8 foot hairy man creature was across the road watching me

One of my favorite video approaches to this legend

Keep an open mind

I would hope going forward that people were able to keep an open mind if someone comes forward saying they have credible evidence. Even if we are sure it's a hoax we should make sure that it's a proven hoax before passing judgment on the person or their evidence.

Giving someone, unless they are a proven hoaxer, the benefit of the doubt could mean that we make one of the most exciting discoveries of the century. I encourage everyone to always keep and open mind to anything that comes up in the future.

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    • Chosen Shades profile imageAUTHOR

      Chosen Shades 

      3 years ago from California

      Nrusty88 I thank you very much for sharing your experience with me. I can appreciate how hard that alone can be but also how the experience must have been difficult as well.

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      4 years ago

      Wouldnt allow me to post it for some reason maybe an internet connection issue so i will post it here.

      In the summer of 1989 we had just moved to a new house in kanawa city west Virginia just off 57th street south east.

      The house we lived in was at the junction of Watson and victoy ave.

      The address was 5702 Watson ave the house is gone now and only a shed remains.

      Anyway I loved the area with the mountains right behind my house, and a river not far away with decent fishing.

      I remember thinking I had the coolest room ever because the house was only a two bedroom I got the enclosed front porch for my room , and we used curtains to make it more private.

      but I still had huge picture windows I could peek out of on 3 walls of my room

      Well not really knowing anyone I spent my days exploring the mountains , and trails finding a great trail at the corner on chesterfield ave, and 57ththat takes you to an old rock formation the locals call the devils tea table which I am not sure if its man made or natural, but it looks like two dragon heads one facing up hill, and the other down.

      After a couple of months exploring I knew a lot of those mountains , and game trails like I knew my own house ,and had learned where the black bears territory was, and to avoid it.

      One morning I ventured further than my usual area, and stumbled onto some giant tracks I had never seen anything like before.

      The tracks looked human but quite a bit larger around 14-16 inches long and as wide as both of my feet put together.

      Around the time I found the tracks I got the feeling I was being watched , and got nervous so I headed back home with the feeling of being followed plus every now and again I heard something walking just over the ridge.

      Down the road from me lived an old Indian , and I decided to ask him about the tracks.

      When I told the man his response was "stay out of the woods boy there are things you do not understand out there, and they are not friendly"

      after this statement he would say no more.

      As a kid this warning made me more curious so I continued my explorations.

      One morning I get up just as the sun comes up to find the same tracks around my house in the dew wet grass, upon seeing them i go inside , and tell my dad about them.

      He tells me to stop making up stories, and to go outside and play.

      Well seeing the tracks in the morning dew wet grass happens several more times until one evening we get a decent rain.

      The next morning again i see the tracks so I fill my canteen, grab my walking staff ,knife, and hit the trail following these tracks to find out just what this thing is.

      I follow the trail in the still damp leaves for what I believe to be several miles through the mountains , and come upon a hilltop that has all the smaller trees snapped off or ripped out of the ground.

      I also smell this rank smell that is kind of like wet dog but its not real strong.

      The tracks continue on and so do I till I reach the far side on the ridge where I find a cave.

      When I reach the cave the feeling of being watched returns, and I get scared so I start heading back.

      on the way back I decide to stop off at my friend Keith's house which is closer than my own house.

      we played basketball for a bit then sat around talking about things only teenaged boys will find important.

      By now its dark, and Keith is called in by his mother so I have to head home my discovery forgotten for the moment..

      Right down the road was an old abandoned falling down red brick house that was on the right side of road with a deep ravine behind it.

      Now the sides of this ravine are extremely steep and made of red clay so there is no way anyone can climb it without special gear.

      As I was coming up to the house I could see pretty clearly with the street lamp, and it being a full moon night.

      Coming up to the house I got that being watched feeling but it was very strong this time, and it gave me pause making my blood run cold.

      I started to get scared, and didn't know why but I continued on down the hill towards home walking past the house slowly looking around gripping my walking staff tightly like a club.

      Upon reaching the far side of the house I heard something moving beside the house in the blackberry patch, and saw something stand up beside the partial wall now that wall was around 7 feet tall ,and approximately 15 feet away.

      the creature's shoulders were almost even with the top of the wall it was covered in dark brown hair seemed to have no neck, its shoulders were so wide it would have made anyone in the NFL jealous, and it had long arms hanging almost to its knees.

      it stood there for a few seconds staring at me , and I it while frozen in fear then it let out a roaring scream like have never heard since it was deep feral half human half animal scream/roar of rage that seemed to have force in it almost like a physical blow.

      When it roared I dropped my staff and ran like I have never ran before , and it crashed through the blackberry bushes after me.

      I ran down the hill with it right on my heels so close I could swear I felt its breath on my neck about the time I was turning right on Watson ave I felt it yank my shirt and ran even faster.

      when I reached my house I crashed through the door , and dove under my bed.

      My dad ran into my room, and dragged me out from under my bed then slapped me to calm me down as I was hysterical, and in shock.

      After I calmed down some still shaking and crying in fear I told him something chased me home, and tried to grab me.

      Both my parents, and sister saw my ripped shirt and scratches on my back and a little later we saw a shadow go by the living room window so my dad peeked out.

      When he turned around his face was white as a sheet, ad he looked at me and said " boy what the hell did you bring out of the mountains to us?

      Then he told everyone not to look out any windows , and to go to bed.

      I eventually fell asleep to be awakened later to the sound of something tapping my window right by my head so I crawled under my bed again and listened to it sniffing and tapping at the windows of my room.

      This is not the only night visit I am to have from this creature.

      Our house was visited by what I am to come to believe later to be a large male bigfoot whose territory I stumbled upon , and invaded.

      The following day I discovered my walking staff I had dropped at the abandoned house where I was chased in my back yard.

      I then decided my exploring days were over for good and decided to stick to the park and streets by day only, and headed to the park.

      As I was walking to the small park down the road I was stopped by the old Indian who was sitting on his porch by his words " I warned you about going into the mountains, and now its back"

      After saying this he went inside his house, and later when I tried to question him he refused to speak to me at all.

      The visits continued with giant muddy handprints, giant tracks in the yard, and shadows in the windows almost nightly until we moved out of state 3 months later.

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      4 years ago

      Ok when i get time i will write a hub about it, and if they will post it i will post a good link here.

    • Chosen Shades profile imageAUTHOR

      Chosen Shades 

      4 years ago from California

      I've seen hubs of short stories and short poems so I believe they would allow it, but either way I'd be interested to hear if you are comfortable sharing.

      I agree with you that a lot of the "big groups" like BFRO are out to make a buck but I really do believe there are some people and teams out there that really do care about the truth more than the money they can make.

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      4 years ago

      You see i have submitted my encounter to the bfro several times, and other organizations, and come to the conclusion that they will not pubish it because it will not be profitable to them to put it out there that this animal can be dangerous.

      These types of groups are not interested in the truth.

      They are only interested in making money on a scare tour...... I can take them to a area where if nothing has changed they can have their proof but they ignore the information i can provide.

      So i keep my encounter to myself bc the " experts dont care about actual proof"

      They are all out to make a buck

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      4 years ago

      I dont think they will allow me to post it as a hub so possibly as a comment?

    • Chosen Shades profile imageAUTHOR

      Chosen Shades 

      4 years ago from California

      I myself have never seen one that I can prove, the occasional side glance of something moving but nothing that I can say for sure was one thing or the other.

      I'd be interested to read your full story of that night when you do publish it , even if it's not a hub if you could send me a link to read it??

      You're welcome.

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      4 years ago

      It was terrifying to say the least, and still bothers me at times to this day when I go outside at night or when I am alone at night.

      There is a lot more to my story I left out and will have to write in it's entirety some day along with location details for the possible den I found the day of my attack and the mountain top with all the destroyed trees.

      Thank you for the link to the books I will have to read them.

      And thank you for not making light of my comment.

    • Chosen Shades profile imageAUTHOR

      Chosen Shades 

      4 years ago from California

      Hi Nrusty88, Thank you for sharing your experience. I can't imagine how scary that was for you as a teenager to experience.

      That is a good point to consider about people who go missing in the woods. There is a wonderful author, David Paulides who has put together a collection of books about people who have disappeared all over the states. In his books he never says directly what is the cause of these disappearances, which I appreciate, but he approaches each case with common sense and using his own experience to try and find out what could have happened to these people.

      Here is his website for further reading if you are interested, I am not affiliated with him or his website in any way but I love what they have put together.

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      4 years ago

      I can tell you I know for a fact that Bigfoot is indeed real, and can be agressave.

      When I was 16 I had a too close encounter with one and was within 15 feet of it.

      I was chased all the way to my house by it.

      My dad saw it through the window, and it stalked my house almost nightly for weeks.

      We never took a picture of tried to out of fear of triggering an attack.

      Think about it..... How many people disappear near wooded areas or disappear hiking and are never found?

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Wow, what a fanastic hub. I love "this" type of hub. You have such a collection of horror hub, including the one about a haunted asylum. There is a new TV show on America's Destination Channel, DirecTV, that deals with a team of professional asylum ghost hunters. I saw the debut last Sunday night and I have to tell you, if they are fakers, they have perfected the art for they had images of spirits in this asylum in Oklahoma City, but the rub is, these guys are NOT running. They stay until they trap a spirit. No, not a Ghostbusters remake, lol, but as good of a reality show as they come.

      Yes, I believe that Bigfoot is real, but one thing bothers me: Why hasn't anyone ever, in all of the Bigfoot hunts, found one skeleton? I mean they are flesh and blood, right?

      As for your hub, I really love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

      1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

      2, I loved the way you worded this hub.

      3. Graphics, superb.

      4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

      6. I loved your topic of this hub.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama


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