Is There Evidence and Proof That Bigfoot Is Real?
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
What do you think of the Patterson - Gimlin Film?
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.
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.
- A 2012 picture released by blogger Melissa Hovey, shot by an unnamed source, allegedly shows the upper back of a Bigfoot. As of yet there is no way to prove this thing either way, and the pic officially falls into the category of: Interesting.
- 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.