Bigfoot Sightings

Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch or Chiye-tanka (which means “Big Elder Brother” in Lakota), is one of the most famous folklore creatures today. The Bigfoot is said to live in the forests of the United States and Canada. Unverified Bigfoot sightings are common, and the story of Bigfoot is a popular theme for movies and TV shows, such as the popular show Harry and the Hendersons.

The “Real” Bigfoot

Though real Bigfoot pictures tend to be fuzzy and vague, the “real” Bigfoot is said to be over seven feet tall, weighing over 500 pounds, overly hairy and able to walk on its two back feet. In pictures, Bigfoot is typically featured as an overgrown gorilla, with a pronounced sloping forehead and very little visible neck.

The name Bigfoot, of course, comes from the reportedly large size of the creature’s feet and the sounds that Bigfoot makes when it walks.

While Bigfoot sightings, Sasquatch encounters and other encounters with the Chiye-tanka have been reported all over the U.S. and Canada, they mainly originate in the Northeastern forests of the U.S. Reports have included sightings and reports of sounds the Bigfoot makes.

According to enthusiasts, Bigfoot is supposedly a relative of other creatures around the world, such as the Yeren of China and the Yeti of Tibet and Nepal. Other “family members” include the Yowie of Australia.

Beginnings of the Bigfoot Tale

The Bigfoot story began in 1840 when a Protestant missionary, Reverend Elkanah Walker, documented the stories of the Native Americans that lived in nearby Spokane, Washington. Walker reported that the Indians claimed the big creature stole their salmon and had a particularly bad smell.

One of the more recent Bigfoot sightings occurred on September 16, 2007. A hunter named Rick Jacobs claimed to have taken a real Bigfoot picture near Ridgway, Pennsylvania when he strapped an automatic camera to a tree. The photo was discredited when the Pennsylvania Game Commission noted that the photo just looked like a bear with a bad case of mange.

The Science Behind the Legend

The study of Bigfoot is part of a larger paranormal discipline known as cryptozoology. Cryptozoology is the study of animals that have yet to be proven to exist.

Scientist Grover Krantz has a theory that Bigfoot is all that remains of a bipedal species known by the scientific name of Gigantopithecus blacki. Krantrz based his idea on fossil studies of the jaw boons of Gigantopithecus blacki.

Gigantopithecus blacki roamed the wilds of what would one day become China. Bourne believed that the creature migrated to the Americas by way of the Bering Strait, eventually becoming what we now know as Bigfoot. This theory is still widely under debate, mostly since there has never been a fossil found confirming the existence of Bigfoot.

Many scientists say that the legend of Bigfoot persists because humans need to believe in other beings that are larger and more mysterious than themselves. Whether this is true or not, the stream of Sasquatch sightings and “real” Bigfoot photos makes it plain that the legend of Bigfoot won’t end anytime soon.