Reports of Bigfoot in America go back to the 1870s. Ever since people began settling the West, people have been seeing Bigfoot. Native American stories of Bigfoot go back even further than that.
Have you seen him? He’s tall, hairy, likes to hang out in the forest, and yes, supposedly has very big feet. Many people say Bigfoot doesn’t exist. They say that he is a legend, but often legends come from facts, even if most of the story is made up.
Before Europeans came to the West Coast of the United States, many native tribes told stories of wildmen who lived in the forest. Bigfoot goes by many different names, and there are many different stories about him. Almost every continent on the planet has similar tales. The only one that doesn’t is Antarctica where people never lived. People in the Pacific Northwest call his species the Sasquatch, while those living in Tibet call him a Yeti. They might even be related.
Is he real? You decide . . .
The best evidence we have so far is a short film made by Roger Patterson while he was out horseback riding along California's Klamath River in the winter of 1967.
Some people think the film is a fake, but Patterson claimed it was real. He believed in Bigfoot, and he's not alone. In fact, President Teddy Roosevelt wrote of meeting a trapper who had come face to face with Bigfoot.
What exactly does Bigfoot look like? Well, since almost no one has seen one, it’s hard to tell. Only this grainy film exists, and there are only a few photos. But these, along with the many legends about Bigfoot, describe him as very tall, almost 14 feet high.
He is supposed to have lots of shaggy brown and red hair. Some witnesses say he has large eyes, and others have reported that he has a very big and low forehead, like a gorilla.
People also say that Bigfoot doesn’t smell that good, so if you are ever out in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and you smell something ripe coming your way, it’s probably Bigfoot and not a garbage truck.
There are also many casts of Bigfoot’s feet. Most of them show five toes, just like you and all other apes. These feet are truly enormous, measuring two feet long. That would be a size 51 sneaker!
Because there is so little evidence of Bigfoot, many scientists think it’s a hoax. But others think that it is definitely possible for such a giant ape to exist. And there are still many wild, unexplored places in the world where it might be hiding. People also say it’s nocturnal, which means it only comes out at night. Talk about being camera shy.
But Bigfoot has captured the human imagination. In addition to all the beautiful legends and tales told about him, his story has been shown on the big screen and on TV. The less we know about something the more fascinated we seem to be. So, the next time you go camping, be sure to bring a camera. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next person to catch a blurry photo to set everyone’s imaginations on fire again.
What Do We Know About Bigfoot?
We know he's elusive. Elusive means hard to find. We also know that a lot of people in the Pacific Northwest of the United States claim they've spotted Bigfoot moving around in that area.
We know he's big...and that's about it. We can't find him, yet he seems to be everywhere!
Bigfoot has been in loads of movies.
He has been all over TV.
There are even Bigfoot toys!
How would you like to jam out on this awesome Bigfoot guitar?
There are lots and lots of books.
There are over 200 books on Bigfoot. These include three actually written by Bigfoot himself. :)
Some people call him Sasquatch.
Some people call him Skunk Ape.
Other people call him Yeti or the Abominable Snowman.
The truth is out there...somewhere.
Who will be the one to finally find Bigfoot? Will it be you!?