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The legends of Bigfoot go back beyond recorded history. Most people who believe in Bigfoot's existence, or claim to have seen one, assert that they are hair-covered bipeds with apelike features up to eight feet tall that leave correspondingly large footprints. They are generally characterized as nonaggressive animals, whose shyness and humanlike intelligence make them elusive and thus rarely seen, though some wilderness travelers claim to have smelled their stench or heard their screams and whistles.

Bigfoot is known by many titles with many different cultures although the name Bigfoot is generally attributed to the mountainous Western region of North America. The common name Sasquatch comes from the Salish Sasquits, while the Algonquin of the north-central region of the continent refer to a Witiko or Wendigo. Other nations tell of a large creature much like a man but imbued with special powers and characteristics. The Ojibway of the Northern Plains believed the Rugaru appeared in times of danger and other nations agreed that the hairy apparition was a messenger of warning, telling man to change his ways.

North American settlers started reporting sightings during the late 1800s and into the 1900s with the occasional finding of footprints, sporadic encounters and even a few grainy photos and videos adding to the mystery. Those who claim to have seen Bigfoot have described everything from a large, upright ape to an actual hairy human, sometimes standing over eight feet tall and described as powerfully built. The debate and research continue. Bigfoot was popularized in 1958, when news media picked up a story about Ray Wallace, a road contractor working in northern California, who made plaster casts of giant footprints that he found near his worksite. Hundreds of similar footprints and a few handprints have now been reported; some were clearly made by bears, some are fraudulent (one of Ray Wallace's relatives later found carved wooden feet matching some of the footprint casts), and many others remain unexplained.

This footprint cast is associated with the most celebrated Bigfoot sighting of modern times. In October 1967 Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin ventured into the woods in search of Bigfoot near where Wallace found his Bigfoot tracks. In Bluff Creek, they sighted a creature strolling through a clearing and they managed to film a short sequence from a reported distance of about 80 feet. The resulting movie is grainy and difficult to interpret, but clearly shows something unlike any animal known to inhabit the region. To some this is incontestable proof that Bigfoot lives among us, but to others it is merely a man or a woman in a gorilla suit.

Eyewitness reports, or sightings, are the most common evidence put forward for the existence of Bigfoot. Unfortunately, these are based on human memories, and memories are not reliable. There is no hard evidence for the existence of Bigfoot. The existence of multiple Bigfoot increases the chances that one would be killed by a hunter or hit by a motorist on a highway, or even found dead by someone at some point, yet no bodies have ever been found. People do occasionally claim to find bones or other large body parts. For example, a man in Utah discovered what he thought was a fossilized Bigfoot skull in 2013. A paleontologist confirmed that the "skull" was simply an oddly weathered rock.

Fact or Folklore?

Look closely, Seeing is believing, but is it truth? Depends on your point-of-view.


I'm a firm believer in Bigfoot. It's not just the First Nations that have stories of them. We can't forget about the Yeti's as well.


Interesting facts

The BFRO also doesn't consider secondhand accounts (like those presented on podcasts) in their official count. BFRO investigators must speak with an eyewitness before they can determine whether a reported sighting makes the list.

That said, the BRFO has recorded roughly 5,500 "credible" reports since the mid-90s, with sightings in every U.S. state aside from Hawaii.

Of course, some places are more "squatchy" than others. These are the states with the most sightings since the BFRO's inception, according to the organization:

Washington: 708
California: 459
Florida: 337
Ohio: 318
Illinois: 302
Oregon: 257
Texas: 253
Michigan: 225
Missouri: 166
Georgia: 139
Certain other states, meanwhile, have had drastically fewer sightings. The states with the least, according to the BFRO, include Hawaii (0), Connecticut (5), Delaware (5), North Dakota (6) and Nevada.

But with thousands of "credible" sightings across the U.S. alone, it would stand to reason that there should be more conclusive video evidence, or remains, or DNA, or even whole specimens. Especially considering that wildlife researchers are still discovering and classifying thousands of new, often rare species each year, as reported by The Smithsonian.
Look closely, Seeing is believing, but is it truth? Depends on your point-of-view.


I'm surpised that there are a lot of central and east coast states on the list. I've always figured that Bigfoot was predominantly a West Coast phenomena.


yeah those are up to date july 2022 numbers  wild i agree. very eye opening
Look closely, Seeing is believing, but is it truth? Depends on your point-of-view.