There are a great many people who laugh at the notion of Bigfoot being anything other than a guy in an ape suit.
Equally, there are several people who believe in, or claim to have seen, a Sasquatch.
Whichever camp you are in, here are 10 possible explanations as to who or what Bigfoot could really be –
- An unknown and hitherto unexamined species of animal, closely related to man.
- Some sort of supernatural being, perceived by only a few people.
- A known animal, such as a bear, that has been misidentified.
- A large primate that has escaped from a zoo.
- A man in a gorilla suit perpetrating a hoax.
- An extraterrestrial species that occasionally visits earth.
- A mass media induced hallucination.
- A drug induced hallucination (what are these guys doing in the mountains anyway?!?)
- A product of a mentally unstable mind.
- Some other type of unexplainable event.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT BIGFOOT?
Let me begin by acknowledging that your blog entry on Bigfoot scams is well-written and researched. You have correctly identified the handful of well publicized Bigfoot accounts which are most likely embellished, misidentified or certainly fabricated. Except for the Patterson-Gimlin film of 1967 (which is still debated over 40 years later), these accounts have no corroborating physical evidence.
Shooting down the existence of a large forest primate in North America based on this handful of dubious Bigfoot accounts is an easy target. I agree with you that these accounts do not prove the existence of Bigfoot. You have set up what is called the “straw man” fallacy– you picked a collection of the weakest evidence and then you shot each one down.
Following Claire’s turn in this discussion, it would be similar to an atheist proving that God doesn’t exist by both justifiably and understandably critiquing religious belief systems which worshiped the hosts of Norse, Egyptian or Greco-Roman gods and goddesses, Baal and Asherah, celestial objects such as the sun, moon, planets and stars or rekindled neo-Pagan interest in Gaia (mother Earth). I would empirically agree that none of these exist and yet so many people have named these as “god” and cling to believing in them.
Your blog entry mentions but does not consider the stronger evidence supporting the presence and proximity of these creatures. Yes, most every Native American oral tradition has a name for these creatures and accounts of observations and interactions going back centuries which are very similar to those still being reported in modern times. Leif Ericson’s own journal of his visit to North America’s Atlantic coast circa 1,000 AD speaks of finding the place inhabited by “wild hairy men.”
Google-search for “giant skeletons” and you will find many accounts of both complete and partial giant skeletal remains which perhaps are being misidentified as human when they could actually be giant primates which resemble us.
And perhaps the best evidence is the ongoing observations by folks living near or visiting the forested and wetland habitat areas which both hide and sustain these elusive creatures.
You hand-selected and knocked down five (5) of the most questionable Bigfoot accounts. These are far overshadowed by the hundreds of accounts during recent years alone. When you or the readers of your blog have their own sighting or personal experience with one or more these creatures, you must choose whether to cling to the belief that they don’t exist or accept the fact that they do.
That email prompted me to put some more research time into Bigfoot and I now have a garbled collection of some 15,000 words that I could put into a series of posts… if anyone is interested.
Q. What is the difference between a smart blonde and Bigfoot?
A. There have been reported sightings of Bigfoot!
Please let me know via the comments below if you would like to see me make a case for the existence of Bigfoot, in addition to anything else of interest I can extract from my notes.