“Bigfoot spotted in the mountains!” and “Bigfoot caught on camera, *shocking*” Sounds familiar, right? That’s because (aside from ghosts) Bigfoot is one of the most interesting and fascinating beings out there (or not out there, depending on who’s reading this)! It’s an incredibly popular legend, enticing thousands and thousands of people all over the world. And many different people have many different stories to tell!
They are often described as being tall, ape-like beings with hair black, brown, or red in color. It walks upright, typically dwelling in the wilderness at a height of 6-9 feet. Some believe that they are the missing link between humans and our ape-like ancestors.
History and Interpretations
Most regions have some interpretation of this hairy being in their folklore, expressed with different names. For example, members of the Lummi (Native American Tribe) tell of a similar Bigfoot creature named Ts’emekwes. Other versions tell of a dangerous and threatening creature, as children of the stiyaha or kwi-kwiya were warned not to even speak its name, saying that if it were to hear, it would carry them off to often be killed. In the 1840s, other (nonviolent) accounts of giants among the Indians residing in Spokane, Washington were spotted. They stated that these giants resided in and around the peaks of the nearby mountains and often stole salmon from fisherman’s nets.
Many claims and sightings occur in the Pacific Northwest, accounting for about one-third of them, the others are spread out all over the United States. Adding to the sightings in the Pacific Northwest, many sightings are also around rural areas in the Great Lakes region. In the 1970s, belief and popularity of Bigfoot reached a peak as a nationwide poll was conducted. It concluded that more Americans believed in Bigfoot than the Big Bang Theory.
Most scientists claim sightings either as being hoaxes or misidentification of real animals and their footprints, like a black bear.
Misidentification: In 2007 when the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization came forward with photos of what they claimed to be a juvenile Bigfoot, the Pennsylvania Game Commission deemed the animal as being a bear with mange (a skin disease caused by parasitic mites).
Hoaxes: Most believers and skeptics can agree that most reported sightings are likely situations of misidentification or hoaxes. And one example is of two boys (Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton) who claimed they found the corpse of a Bigfoot in Northern Georgia. They were given $50,000 for their discovery after posting a video to YouTube. But after thawing from being frozen in a block of ice, the hair of the Bigfoot was then discovered to be fake, the head was hollow, and the feet were rubber. When the two boys were questioned by Steven Kulls (executive director of SquatchDetective.com), they admitted it to be an elaborate hoax.
Of course, there are many other stories like this, making it hard for people to distinguish between truth and fiction. But there are many believers all over the world as there has been for many years and as there will likely always be! But what do you think? Have you ever came across this larger than life cryptid?
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