Bigfoot: Furry Folklore

Nathan Chandler

Bigfoot is supposedly a creature that's found where?

Bigfoot is a large, hairy creature reportedly located in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. The two-legged creature is supposed to look something like a Wookie from "Star Wars."

Bigfoot is sometimes called a "yeti."

Yeti is the word used for a similar creature -- but one that's found in the Himalayan Mountains. "Bigfoot" is by far the most common name for the creature in America.

What's another North American term for Bigfoot?

Bigfoot is also often called Sasquatch. Both words refer to the same fearsome creature.

What evidence is often offered as proof that Bigfoot exists?

Countless people have found large footprints that don't seem attributable to known animals. Bigfoot, it seems, could be the answer to those mysteries.

Bigfoot seems to inhabit mostly what kind of territory?

Most reports of Bigfoot originate in heavily forested mountain areas. These nearly impenetrable locations make great hiding spots for all sorts of wildlife...so why not Bigfoot, too?

Bigfoot is just a hoax.

The mysterious creature could be a hoax, or it could be a matter of simple misidentification. Until someone finds a living Bigfoot (or remains), we may never know for sure. But the creature is definitely a part of our mythology.

The creature is listed as a type of cryptid, which is what?

Cryptids are creatures noted by cryptozoology, a sort of science that's, well, not really science. In this case, a cryptid is a mythological creature in the same vein as the Loch Ness Monster and yetis.

In 2017, a bill was proposed to make Bigfoot the official cryptid of which state?

Part marketing scheme, part cultural heritage -- that was the idea behind a proposal to cement Bigfoot as Washington state's official cryptid.

Bigfoot believers say there are numerous reasons that no one can prove the creatures' existence. What reason is that?

Bigfoot is believed to be a nocturnal creature. Because they move mostly at night, they're very hard -- impossible, actually -- for people to spot.

Bigfoot is generally described as being at least how tall?

The creature is usually described as being at least 6 and a half feet tall. But some reports peg it as nearly 10 feet tall.

Bigfoot isn't always a mythical creature. The name has been used as a nickname for which animal?

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the name Bigfoot was given to more than one huge grizzly bear roaming the western United States. These bears can weigh thousands of pounds and cast a menacing presence.

The huge creature is typically noted as a dedicated and bloodthirsty carnivore.

Most believers say that Bigfoot is likely an omnivore, one that forages for plants, bugs and eats meat, too. But Bigfoot isn't some crazed monster that eats people.

Roughly what percentage of Bigfoot sightings occur in the Pacific Northwest?

About 30 percent of sightings happen in the Pacific Northwest region. Many sightings have occurred in other areas, typically where there are hills and/or forests.

In 1947, a Bigfoot skeleton was found in a remote Oregon forest.

No one has ever found a Bigfoot skeleton or even a single bone. This lack of evidence is troubling to scientists.

In 2008, two men found a Bigfoot body that was encased in ice. How much money did they receive for the amazing find?

As a reward of sorts, they received $50,000 from a Bigfoot research team. When the "body" was thawed, it turned out to be completely fake.

Scientists think that most Bigfoot sightings are actually what?

Black bears are large, furry and can stand up on their hind legs. From a distance (and in a forest) it would be easy to mistake a bear for another creature...such as Bigfoot.

What's the Patterson-Gimlin film?

The Patterson-Gimlin film, shot in 1967, supposedly shows a Bigfoot walking through the forest. It's by far the most famous piece of Bigfoot evidence.

Where was the Patterson-Gimlin film made?

The film was made in a remote area of Humboldt County in California. The one-minute film might be short, but it's one of the most famous films in history.

Neither of the men who shot the film had a previous interest in Bigfoot.

They were both fascinated by the legend of Bigfoot and made it something of a hobby. It's one reason that skeptics believe the incident was a hoax.

What sort of response did the film generate from scientists?

No reputable scientist even entertained the film as real evidence, although a few peeked at the footage. Most were convinced that the movie was faked.

What is Gigantopithecus?

The Gigantopithecus was a huge type of ape, perhaps 10 feet tall. Some speculate that perhaps a tiny population of these apes somehow managed to survive and evade humans.

Oversized furry men are a common theme in human culture. They've been found everywhere but which of the following locations?

People are relatively new to Antarctica...so there's no Bigfoot myth there. Almost everywhere else on Earth, though, the "big man" myth is prevalent.

The furry mammal is supposedly gigantic. How big are the biggest reported footprints?

Some people say they've seen Bigfoot footprints that are two feet long, indicating a massive creature. Sometimes the prints feature claw marks and sometimes they don't.

In 2014, a man named Rick Dyer said he killed a Bigfoot. What did he do with the body?

He decided to take the corpse on tour, charging people admission to view Bigfoot. He netted tens of thousands of dollars before admitting that the body was fake.

When did a Bigfoot craze take hold in America?

In the decade after the Patterson-Gimlin film, Bigfoot's legend grew by huge (furry) leaps and bounds. Many newspapers ran stories about the creature and associated sightings.

The Patterson-Gimlin film has been proven to be a hoax.

The grainy footage isn't totally convincing...but it can't be entirely disproved, either, though many skeptics have tried. Neither man ever confessed to a hoax.

In 2005, a Bigfoot believer hosted a pay-per-view event to prove that Bigfoot was real. How did that event turn out?

Tom Biscardi promoted the paid event, which never happened. He later admitted that it was a hoax stoked by a deceptive woman.

No Bigfoot remains have been found in North America, but ape fossils have been discovered there.

Not only are there no Bigfoot fossils, but there aren't even any ape fossils in the Americas. Those facts weigh heavily against Bigfoot's believers.

How do mainstream scientists feel about Bigfoot these days?

Mainstream scientists don't bother with the concept of Bigfoot. Without a body as evidence, science will never embrace true Bigfoot research.

In 2012, a Montana man named Randy Lee Tenley dressed up as Bigfoot as a hoax. What happened to him?

Tenley dressed up in a suit and ran across a highway. He was killed after being hit by not one but two cars. So long as the myth of Bigfoot endures, so will the over-the-top hoaxes that sometimes go wrong.

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Throughout human history, people have suspected that half-human creatures roam the wild areas of our planet. In America, we call it Bigfoot, the huge, hairy beast that enthralls believers and skeptics alike. How much do you know about Bigfoot?

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