||Wandering through the wilderness of the
Northern Pacific in the United States or western Canada
many claim to have seen a large hair covered wild man in
the woods. Descriptions of this beast range from 7 to 8
feet tall and in some cases there are reports up to 10
or 12 feet. Long shaggy hair covers their body and those
who have encountered these animals they smell them long
before they see them. Imagine the smell of old Uncle
Rufus after a bender times ten.
In the United States this creature is more commonly
referred to as Bigfoot, while the neighbors to the north
prefer to call them Sasquatch. Why Bigfoot? Well imagine
the size those sleds would need to be to support someone
8 feet tall. Personally I think choosing the feet, when
coming up with a name, was much wiser than any of the
other body parts.
Those highly regarded in the scientific field in most
cases laugh off Bigfoot as either a mythological
creature or an interesting legend without a second
thought on the subject. They will refer to videos,
footprints and stories that are hundreds of years old as
hoaxes carried out by bored mountain men and women.
After all how else can they entertain themselves with no
television up in 'dem hills? Hair samples are examined
and either quickly identified or labeled as from an
unknown species, either having little meaning. Oh, those
bellowing sounds in the night? Surely someone out in the
woods who happened to drop one of the fire logs on their
foot. Hey you would bellow too.
Reputable people have brae ridicule to report sightings
every year going back to when the Europeans first
arrived here exploring the New World. The Native
Americans feared giant, hairy, man-like creature running
about in the woods nude. How can we blame them? You and
I would be frightened by a big, hairy, naked creature
running through our back yard.
The serious part of the debate centers on the body. Why
hasn't anyone ever found the body or a fossil record?
Shouldn't there have been some Bigfoot road kill by now?
It's not like you wouldn't notice hitting an 8 foot tall
beast in the middle of the road. Advocates cite rarely
finding the remains of other large animals out in the
woods they get broken down pretty quickly out in the
forest. Who knows, maybe Bigfoot buries their brothers
and sisters just like humans do today.
Bigfoot advocates also suggest that we already have
fossil records of the big guy. Most will point to the
records of Gigantopithecus and say this creature found
its way over to North America from the Asian continent
just like other animals throughout history did. Science
just does not want to go frontier living out in the
boonies in order to conduct the studies needed to
actually find one of these creatures in the shrinking,
hard to access habitat they live in.