The idea that bigfoot must be a creature that migrates can be linked to its possible predecessor, the giant ape Gigantopithecus whose fossilized remains were mostly found in the Asian continent, particularly China. Bigfoot may have migrated along with the early humans and animals by way of the Bering land bridge that was known to connect Asia with North America during the ancient Pleistocene Ice Age. Again, these are just contentions because of the lack of documentary or physical evidence as to the existence of bigfoot.
Bigfoot is widely believed to be nocturnal because most of the reported sightings happen at night. It is also postulated that the creature must be feeding at night. There is no actual evidence, however, to support the contention that bigfoot is nocturnal.
The sightings reported are numerous and do not seem to indicate a particular pattern in terms of season or time of the year. They occur almost everywhere and at almost anytime. Most of the sightings are in the United States and Canada. There are also sightings reported in Australia, Russia and Asian countries like China, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
It was in fact proven that the giant footprints reported to be that of Bigfooot found at a workers’ campsite in Bull Creek, California in 1958 were part of a prank played by a logger Raymond L. “Ray” Wallace. After his death, Wallace’s children presented to the public a pair of manufactured wooden feet measuring 16 inches or 41 centimeters that their father had used to perpetuate the Bigfoot prank. On this basis, we can say that footprints can be faked. The anthropologist David Daegling has, surprisingly, disagreed.
He said that the depth of the impression of the large footprints makes them real, in a sense, and could not have been made by any human. With these conflicting statements and analyses, the only way that these footprints can be considered hard evidence for the existence of the famed animal is for someone to closely follow the footprints and find the creature at the end of them.
If you were to ask Roger Patterson who filmed his now infamous Bigfoot film on October 20, 1967, he will naturally reply in the affirmative as he has been doing exactly that since the day the film was shot until his death due to cancer in 1972. His proponents, like the anthropologist Grover Krantz, believe it is real. Krantz even made a detailed examination of the film and presented it to other experts for them to take a look and put in their two-cents worth. He concluded that what he saw on the Patterson film was a manifestation of a truly genuine yet unknown creature on the basis of its gait, the extreme width of its shoulders, the way its knee was bent more than 90%, and its natural-looking muscular structure. He also cited his impression based on his interview with the man that Patterson lacked the ability and the technical knowhow to make such a detailed and realistic costume or representation of Bigfoot. Detractors of Patterson, however, like anthropologists David J. Daegling and Daniel O. Schmitt, who have also examined the film have pointed out that based on the film alone, it is not remotely possible to conclude with certainty on the identity of the subject.
There are two possible angles why fossilized bones or even a body of a Bigfoot has never been unearthed or discovered. The first reason is attributed to the hoax theory. Most of the Bigfoot sightings have been dismissed outright as a hoax perpetrated by people who want to get financial or practical gain. The second reason can be the purportedly elusive nature of the Bigfoot. The documented sightings that include the Patterson-Gimlin film shows the Bigfoot to be a very mobile creature with a speed of movement that is above that of a human. It also seems to prefer isolation and being hidden. In fact, Patterson in his interviews indicated that his group was only able to take a short film of the creature because of the element of surprise-they came upon it while they were rounding an overturned huge tree trunk. There are uncovered fossilized remains of the ancient and extinct giant ape, Gigantopithecus, said to be a precursor of Bigfoot, discoved in 1935 that some experts point out as proof of the existence of the legendary animal.
It is thought that bigfoot makes temporary dwellings only primarily because of the fear of discovery by humans. It then abandons these makeshift habitats at the slightest sign of human presence. If this hypothesis is true, it is possible that it sleeps or moves from one locality to another in any given day.
It is reported that they are omnivores. There are many reports of them eating deer, rodents, roots, fruit, berries and fish. There are many more reports of other food items but these seem to be the most common.
Don Keating Interview
Profile: Don Keating was born in Columbus, Ohio and has lived in Newcomerstown his entire adult life. He works as a laborer at a garage door manufacturer. He has been investigating and researching the Bigfoot phenomenon in Ohio since July of 1984. He hosts the largest and longest lived Bigfoot Conference in the United States.
Q: Why search? / Whats your motivation?
A: I started my search in July of 1984 when I was checking out books at the County library. I started wanting to determine on my own if Bigfoot could be in Ohio. I discovered it in Ohio when I spotted it on September 15, 1985 four miles south of Newcomerstown. My motivation is to get clear quality video of a Bigfoot doing something humanly impossible.
Q: Some people may say to themselves, “Bigfoot in ohio, no way!”. What would you say to them?
A: Come to Ohio and visit the sighting locations. I have NEVER tried to convince an out of state person Bigfoot is in Ohio. However many have left Ohio convinced it could be in Ohio. It’s not just farms and cities here.
Q: Some people say that the Internet helps with the search, others disagree. Have an opinion on this?
A: At first it helped put people in touch with researchers. Now it’s a hinderance. Too much information out there. A half descent story writer can research about Bigfoot for just a brief time and send in a fantastic sounding Bigfoot encounter. It’s not helping the research.
Q: You put on a great yearly conference, how did this start?
A: Back in 1989 I wanted to get regional researchers together to compare sighting and track reports. It just expanded from there.
Q: Do you see any patterns in your research? IE: More reports in June, night, etc.
A: Most reports are from March through November. The distribution of reports being day or night? I’d say 2 day for every 3 night.
Q: Someone calls you with a fresh sighting – whats next? What all is involved with your investigation that you are willing to share?
A: I contact a researcher to accompany me to the sighting location to look around and interview the alleged eyewitness. If the area is close enough, I’ll keep an eye on it regularly until I’m convinced the creature has moved out, or there is nothing more I can do at the time.
Q: Bigfoot – human relative, primate, or..?
A: I have heard people call it a missing link, while some call it “the Forrest People” and others think it’s UFO related. Simply, I think it is an undiscovered primate. Nothing more, nothing less. Just an animal roaming the woods that has yet to be scientifically discovered.
Q: In your opinion, the best evidence that a bigfoot exists is..
A: The countless castings from different parts of North America and the Patterson/Gimlin film.
Q: How many reports do you investigate a year? What % do you feel are legit?
A: During an average year I would say six to 12. It’s very tough to put a number on the percentage of how many are legit.
Q: Do you have a personal ‘bigfoot collection’? What is it made up of?
A: Yes. Countless books, VHS video tapes of field research, meetings I have held, TV programs, plaster castings, cassette tapes and the like.
Q: Any last comments that may have come to mind?
A: Yes. In my opinion, we are no closer to discovering Bigfoot now than we were in 1966. The Skookum cast is from an Elk. The August 2, 1992 Ohio Bigfoot Video (that I shot) has NEVER been proven to show a known individual, like a human or a horse, and until someone can prove beyond a shadow of doubt, they better keep working on it.
Cayote & Sasquatch
snЌəlíp & sćwáníytəm
snЌəlíp was once on his travels, and came at the close of day to the house of a Giant, whose name was sćwáníyəm. He deteremined to spend the night here. He went in and found the Giant lying on his back. He did not speak to or take notice of snЌəlíp.
Some of the other inmates of the house accosted him, but sćwáníyəm never moved. There was no fire in the house when snЌlíp entered. Presently sćwáníyəm got up and took two round boulders that lay at his right side and knocked them together. Immediately the begin to burn like fire. He now told his people to prepare supper for their uncle, meaning snЌlíp. They did so, and Cayote had a hearty meal. They then gave him a blanket to sleep in. Now, he had been much impressed by the way in which sćwáníyəm had made his fire, and there upon determined to possess himself with these wonderful firestones.
At bedtime sćwáníyəm took the firestones from the fireplace and put them by his bedside again. Cayote waited until all were asleep, then got up and took the firestones from the Giant’s side, and got away with them. He went up the ladder, and as soon as he got outside, began to run as fast as he could. He kept on until break of day and presently he perceived a large tree before him with many spreading branches. “I will go up there and rest,” said he. He climbed the tree and lay down as he thought on a broad branch and slept. In his sleep he heard sćwáníyəm’s voice saying to him, “What are you doing with my firestones up there? My children want fire.” snЌlíp woke up, saying to himself “I think somebody must have overtaken me.” When he looked about him, he found that he was not in a tree at all, but only halfway up the ladder of the Giant’s house. He came down and threw the firestones at the Giant’s side in deep disgust. sćwáníyəm then took up the stones, knocked them together and immediately they began to glow as before. sćwáníyəm’s people now cooked their breakfast, giving Cayote his portion.
As Cayote observed again the magic power of the firestones, he said to himself, “I must have those firestones at all costs. Besides, I don’t like being fooled. I will wait ’til night again, and when I get the stones I will keep on going and not stop at all.” So he waited ’till night came, but sćwáníyəm knew what was on Cayote’s mind. Said snЌlíp to himself “I will keep on talking and that will keep me awake.” Night came, and when snЌlíp thought all sleeping he got up. Said to hi self, “Now, I am gettnig up, now I am starting to walk. Now, I have taken the firestones. Now, I have gotten to the foot of the ladder. Now, I am starting to run.” Thus he kept going. And as he knew the country there abouts quite well, he would say to himself, “I am here, or I am there.” All night he went on this way, thinking he was getting farther and farther away with his plunder. At daybreak, when sćwáníyəm’s people woke up, they saw snЌlíp running around and around the fireplace, talking to himself. He was sweating with his exertions. Sas! quatch called out to him, he wanted his stones to light the fire for breakfast. snЌlíp woke up, and found himsefl still in the house. He threw down the rocks and sat down. “I have been badly beaten,” he thought. “I had better give up the game.”After he had eaten his breakfast, he left and went on his way.
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