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Even after decades of sightings by thousands of people, there is no definitive proof to show Bigfoot is real. Sasquatch, and creatures like him, are cryptids. A cryptid, by definition, is an animal whose existence isn't supported by scientific proof.
While it’s true that there are no real facts surrounding Bigfoot regarding his numbers, behavior, distribution, or evolution, there are certainly facts related to individual experiences.
- It’s a fact that dozens if not hundreds of people think they see Bigfoot every year in North America.
- It’s a fact that certain pieces of video and photographic evidence exist.
- It’s a fact that people have discovered huge footprints in remote areas.
- It’s a fact that DNA research has been conducted that has led at least some researchers to believe Sasquatch is out there.
While skeptics can point out numerous logical reasons Bigfoot doesn't exist, the above "facts" can't be ignored. Of course, without a specimen, this all amounts to nothing.
Here is a look at some of the alleged Bigfoot evidence.
There have been a few very convincing pieces of video evidence to pop over the years. Unfortunately, some, such as the Snow Walker Video and Marble Ridge Footage, have turned out to be hoaxes. Others, such as the New York Baby Bigfoot Footage, leave us scratching our heads.
The most convincing piece of Sasquatch video evidence remains the granddaddy of them all, the Patterson-Gimlin Film. Shot in October of 1967 by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin, the film shows several seconds of a Bigfoot in clear view. There is no mistaking it for any other animal. The creature is either a Sasquatch or an extremely well-done fraud. Even after 50+ years many experts still insist that this video is not hoaxed.
One of the problems some skeptics have with the Patterson footage is the alleged association between Patterson and Ray Wallace, a known prankster who may have faked some of the original Bigfoot prints.
A costume maker also came forward insisting his company had made the ape suit, as has the man who claims to have worn it. However, details don’t quite add up well enough for proponents of the film, and many still insist on its authenticity.
Decide for yourself:
The Finding Bigfoot Team Interviews Robert Gimlin
Like video evidence, Bigfoot photography is hard to come by, at least any picture that appears authentic.
Ninety percent of the world today has a smartphone in their face the majority of the time, and these phones all have cameras. Whenever something even remotely interesting happens there always seems to be someone with a phone ready to shoot a picture.
Except when Bigfoot pops up. If only the general public were as shutter happy when it comes to Sasquatch as they are with other happenings.
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Even footprints and other pieces of next-day evidence often go undocumented by people who seem to take photos of just about everything else in their lives.
It is reasonable to wonder why. If Bigfoot is real, wouldn't someone have taken a decent picture by now?
Compelling Pictures of Bigfoot
But there are a few decent shots in recent years, some due to the increased use of wildlife trail cameras.
- The Jacobs Photos from Pennsylvania are perhaps the most famous, and most compelling. These pictures reveal what appears to be a small primate, perhaps a baby Bigfoot, lingering around a trail camera.
- Another trail-cam pic shot in Vermont allegedly shows a Sasquatch with some kind of patchy hair issues holding a baby 'Squatch.
- A photo of a Skunk Ape hiding behind a bush is another very compelling piece of evidence.
This all adds up to a big question mark. With the technology available to the average computer user today, any picture could be faked or altered. And, unfortunately, none are clear enough to be conclusive.
Sasquatch Sound Recordings
Sounds and howls are tough to put into perspective. Even experienced wildlife researchers can be fooled by odd noises in the night, and under certain conditions, sound can carry a very long way.
In the most remote areas, we assume human intervention can be ruled out, but that is never a certainty. It’s disheartening to think that every team of Bigfoot researchers howling back and forth with what they think is a Sasquatch may actually be communicating with another team of Bigfoot researchers on the other side of the ridge.
But when ape-like sounds are heard in places where apes are not supposed to live it does make one think.
Footprints and Casts
The Bigfoot craze that has lasted over fifty years all started with a bunch of huge footprints found around a construction site in 1958. No doubt just about everyone has seen plaster casts of footprints, made from an alleged location where a Sasquatch had passed through.
Unfortunately, the original prints turned out to be faked, made by a Bigfoot researcher and prankster named Ray Wallace. It turns out Wallace may have been more interested in scaring people away from the construction site rather than perpetuating the Sasquatch legend, but the results ended up about the same. Thanks to the huge prints the name “Bigfoot” became etched in the public vernacular, and a generation of Sasquatch hunters took to the woods.
Footprints are probably the easiest pieces of Bigfoot evidence to fake. Like Ray Wallace, all one needs is a big pair of wooden footprints and a sense of humor. For this reason, it’s important to consider not only the appearance of a footprint or cast but the location and circumstances in which it was made.
Researchers have cast footprints from locations where it is nearly inconceivable that a hoaxer would travel, or anticipate researchers traveling. These are the prints that are truly interesting, and there have been some compelling evaluations done on Sasquatch footprint casts.
Bigfoot is spotted all over the world. Eyewitness testimony is the hardest evidence to prove, but perhaps the most valid. It is interesting that, in a court of law, if a dozen people say they witnessed something it is considered strong testimony, yet hundreds of people have reported Bigfoot sightings and the creature is still treated as a fairy tale.
Are these sightings reliable? As humans, do we always see what we think we see? Certainly not, and certainly there are cases where mistaken identity or pure fright has made people err. But, given the large number of reported sightings, is it really likely that so many people are either lying or flat out mistaken?
From a skeptic’s perspective, it’s possible. People may not intentionally deceive us, but in certain circumstances, it is very plausible that we may see something that isn’t there. Or, wishfully mistake something ordinary for something extraordinary.
Countless Bigfoot sightings occur every year all across the country, some reported but most not. Are these all mistakes, or is there something to them?
There is plenty of evidence to convince some that there is a rare species of hominid living in the woods of North America. On the other hand, none of that evidence is conclusive enough to convince mainstream science that the creature exists.
So where does that leave us?
Unfortunately, the Bigfoot needle hasn’t moved much in the past fifty years. And skeptics make some excellent points. For example, if this creature is real, why have no Bigfoot bones been recovered in North America?
Both sides have valid arguments and, like any good controversy, neither can understand why the other doesn’t see the truth of the matter.
But most of us are somewhere in the middle. We like to believe Sasquatch is out there, and that there really are mysteries left in this world to discover.
But we don’t want to be duped either, so we weigh everything with a cautious eye, wary of hoaxes and frauds. More than anything else, we want to see evidence that proves, once and for all, whether Bigfoot is real or not.
The Bigfoot Poll
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dave schulz on January 14, 2020:
Just to let you know sasquatch are alive and are a reality. Those that don't believe are sticking their head in the sand. I have had a experience with one in 1976/77. Much later on I started gifting and had some interesting responses. They are alive and well on this island I live. dave
J.D. on October 17, 2019:
i live in a very remote area and have seen Bigfoot on several occasions. Knocks and vocal sounds are common. Foot prints are also found.
W Walt on May 08, 2019:
I would like a logical explanation for the literally hundreds of perfect, symetrical (each length is equal) X structures that exist in places like the forests of Colorado. If there were just a few, or if they were in easily accessible areas I would not be intrigued. However, they exist in forests that are miles from road access, on mountain sides where a human can hardly stand or even access. They are sometimes made with trees that are completely stripped of all limbs, placed upside down in treetops. There are areas where one can count 10 or 20 in an area, then walk a couple of hundred yards and there will be none. These are Xs that are all symetrical. Here and there, I can understand wind or dead fall, but not tens of them, especially when the root end is at the top of the structure and they are not cut with saws or seemingly other man made tools. Plus, no machinery is logical on mountain sides that take a person two or three hours of hiking to access. In addition, I am not even mentioning other structures on the ground, with root ends at the top. What gives on these?
Thomas Bryan on April 22, 2019:
I'm going this summer so I'll let you know.While inheritances usually are a result of sad times it gives you the freedom to pursue your dreams.Your deceased loved ones would have wanted it that way.
squatcher on June 06, 2018:
Well hello all, I have made contact bout time, Oh with other researchers, I didn't want to email any photos but did for the sake of research, waiting on a reply the photos sent should blow them away. I have so many photos I try to take a photo and look away count 10 seconds then take another of the same spot and yes that spot changes every time. Should be getting a call any day now, of course they will go over these pics with every gadget but the proof is there plane as day and night. This for me is not about money but to study and protect them from some nut with a gun if someone ever shot one they would not make it out of the woods. there would be some upset ken I know a body of one would be nice but not ever going to happen. As far as the stuff they do crazy I have pictures of them smiling at me. sounds crazy but its all about to be a known fact, I know the photos I've taken will all have to be study'ed every photo I have has them in it,all this takes a lot of time as said five years going into the woods and 4 areas I research I am looking at another area which will make five I do enjoy out there peaceful then I do some indian chanting humming and whistling I think they like that along with a big pile of apples I have been trying to get some video but they know my camera locations I have many eyes on me as soon as I get to a spot where I do my gifting, and cameras are hard to place they are always watching well we will soon see where all this goes so as for now back to the woods
squatcher on May 29, 2018:
I have 100% photographic PROOF they are real, I have try'ed to contact bfro ect. with no results. The thing of it all is I have many photos. I have been researching this area for five years now, and seems like they and yes I said they are getting use to me I leave them apples ect. I have had a bluff charge happen in the bush and many sounds they make also starting to see some of their crazy habits they do. Well there you go I really am trying to get some better equipment for even more amazing images.thermal ect. I don't know where to turn Proof for sure Thanks
Chris on May 22, 2018:
This is my theory to it. The more people can believe such non sense the more capable you're, on making money off of it. Take the Mountain Monsters as an example. They make trap after trap all for what? Very well put together complicated traps, needing money and resources to even build to be specific. Yet never have they found direct evidence or anything that says what ever it is they look for is real. The popularity comes from the so called thrill on what they might put together in the TV series for some viewers and etc. With as much land that has been destroyed since the arrival of Columbus let alone the new technologies they come out with each and everyday since the creation of electric, telephones, TV's, computers with Internet to send instant messages, satellites that even orbit the earth with microscopes capable of seeing into a whole different universe, and dogs who are very much better at tracking then us humans with a scent many times more powerful than ours and yet still they have no evidence besides from a blurred photo or a recording where its so shaky its as if the camera man has Tourette syndrome.... I'm a firm believer that you can't bull sh*t a bull sh*tter and how people are more than willing to stab another in the back over a simple dollar all for their own benefits. Like a crooked cop only being a cop for his own benefit like it is now or days instead of wanting to do it to actually protect the citizens as if their his own kids and wife... Show me evidence or at least something with a scent for a hound to track. When I'm proven other wise on some actual facts besides one's hear say or a simple film where they can't alter to make it seem real. Then might give a hell yeah. Until then just know your being scammed for your money being so gullible
Kodi on March 26, 2018:
I Admit some are hoaxes but if bigfoot wasnt real where did someone get the idea from?Tell your awnser if you agree
Sarishma girls on April 25, 2017:
There no such thing like Bigfoot.It's only an imagination over mind,sometimes which comes due to depression,frustration,etc.Actually it's a mindset of some people after listening about it.There was a person who was caught in scaring people in the name of bigfoot for fun.
But why would a person will do such things only to scare others????????
Doing it,is just like a burden.
Fishie356 on January 20, 2015:
The Patterson film was never proven to be hoax, is has been studied and proven that the proportions we wrong for a man in a suit.
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on January 03, 2015:
This is one of those mysteries that will remain in dispute unless some indisputable evidence is found, such as the body of an actual specimen. Even if no proof ever comes forward, I'd like to think to creatures link Big Foot, Megalodon and other marvelous creatures are out there.
Killer Ant on January 03, 2015:
You may not want to believe, but there too many accounts from Native Americans, of this Being so just take it like Faith this Being exist.....
cryptid (author) from USA on October 03, 2014:
I know what you mean, rlse8994. Bigfoot only seems to show up in blurry, out-of-focus images. Must be part of his defense mechanism!
rls8994 from Mississippi on October 03, 2014:
I grew up hearing stories about Bigfoot and although it scared me, it also intrigued and fasinated me. I wish someone would get a decent picture or video when they claim to have seen a Bigfoot lol.
cryptid (author) from USA on August 12, 2014:
Interesting theory, Greg. Thanks for posting!
Greg May on August 11, 2014:
The Patterson-Gimlin film was a hoax - it was later revealed that a man wore a gorilla suit. But that doesn't mean the Bigfoot Mystery is a hoax. I believe Bigfoot and LizardMan are modern-day Nephilim. How this fits in with these Last Days/End Times I don't know but I'm sure Satan is behind it!
cryptid (author) from USA on November 22, 2013:
Thanks SubRon7! I so agree about the mixed feelings over finding such a creature. If I ever saw a Bigfoot I think I'd keep it between me and Nature. On the other hand I have a lot of respect for the cryptozoologists who keep looking even though people tell them they are wasting their time. I hope if (when?) Bigfoot is ever proven to mainstream zoology we as a species have the decency to treat the discovery with the respect it deserves.
James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on November 22, 2013:
Very interesting hub, Cryptid. I tend to believe Bigfoot--along with other mythical creatures--is real, but I also tend to believe that I hope it's never proven, because the poor creature would be overwhelmed with sightseers.
If I ever saw one, it would be excruciatingly painful and difficult, but I would try my damnedest never to tell anyone.
The same is true if I ever saw a mountain lion or wolf in my area. I would never tell, because it would be a certain death sentence for the creature.
We expect third world people to live with lions and tigers, etc., but our soccer moms would never permit a dangerous creature to live around here!
But, again, good hub--thank you!
cryptid (author) from USA on November 21, 2013:
Thanks prekjr.dc! The shows are definitely interesting. Glad you liked the hub too.
Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on November 20, 2013:
I too find it very compelling....I live not far from an area where they have been spotted. One report was found to be a hoax, but another was unexplainable. There is definitely possibility! Great article with LOTS of information! We find the reality shows with BFRO very interesting!
Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on November 19, 2013:
Well, I admit that it's a nice & interesting topic to discuss and read. But, the character shown in the video is totally fake. Ok, I admit that there might be a bigfoot in the primitive times, but in modern days there is no such thing.
Anyway, nice hub
sheilamyers on November 19, 2013:
In the event I ever forget to say it about your future hubs, I'm sure they'll all fall under the category as this one --- AWESOME! You covered all of the various types of evidence in an entertaining and informative manner. I like how you also mention the ways things can be hoaxed. Hopefully, that will help people be able to distinguish fact from fake if they ever come across something.
A lot of people won't except eyewitness accounts as proof because, frankly, there are some really good liars out there. So they lump everyone together and say it's either a lie or mistaken identity. But you know which accounts I believe the most? Those from children. A lot of them have never heard the stories and descriptions, yet when they report (in simple kid language) seeing something, the physical descriptions and actions reflect everything we know about these creatures. I find that interesting and very compelling.
cryptid (author) from USA on November 19, 2013:
Thank you My Cook Book. Mysteries are indeed everywhere!
Dil Vil from India on November 19, 2013:
Interesting, i am always interested to know the mysteries that are around us. Good hub, thank you for sharing.