Are Sasquatches Real?
I think they could be real. Many other people think so too—even some famous scientists. The former world expert on gorillas, Dr. Diane Fossey, said that the evidence calls for a major scientific study of sasquatches. The foremost chimpanzee researcher, Dr. Jane Goodall, said that the existence of hominids of this sort is a real possibility. Hominids are a family of mammals under the order of Primates. Primates include humans, hominids, apes, monkeys and lemurs.
Sasquatches in Native Fokelore and Arts
- Most of the native tribes from North America’s Pacific Northwest believe that sasquatches exist, and their folklore is full of tales about them.
- British Columbia’s Salish tribe named the creature “Sasquatch,” which means “the wild man of the woods.” Northern California’s Hupa tribe called it “Oh-Mah,” which means “the boss of the woods.” The Tsimshian tribe called the animal “Ba’oosh,” which means “ape.”
- Many tribes made wood carving masks that look like an ape or sasquatch. For example, the Kwakiutl D’sonoqua mask is thought to represent the sasquatch.
- Carved stone heads made by tribes in Oregon and Washington look like the faces of apes. Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Dr. Roderick Sprague said that these carvings suggest non-human but anthropoid (sasquatch-like) features.
Most scientists don’t think sasquatches exist. That’s because nobody has ever killed a sasquatch and shown its body to scientists. But there is plenty of other evidence to suggest that sasquatches could be real:
- Eyewitness accounts from thousands of people. By 2003 there were 2,557 sasquatch-related reports recorded in North America.
- Actual tracks from 13” to 17” long have been found in hundreds of places, mostly in the Pacific Northwest. These tracks show a straight walking pattern, which is different from the alternating pattern of human footprints.
- Dr. Grover Krantz found ridges (somewhat like fingerprints) on the bottom of some casts made from the impressions of tracks from possible sasquatches. These “dermal ridges” are similar to those of modern apes. Tiny holes seen in the ridges are believed to have been active sweat pores. It is highly unlikely that a hoaxer could fake these dermal ridges.
- Hairs were found near where sasquatches were reported to be seen. Scientists have identified these hairs as probably coming from a primate, but they do not belong to any primate known to science. These unidentified hairs do not have a distinct medulla (darkened stripe in the middle of the hair). Other primate hairs do have a distinct medulla.
- Bigfoot researchers made a huge cast of a creature that lay down in mud the night before to reach for some fruit left out as bait. The researchers made a cast of the arm, thigh, and heels of this creature. A respected scientist, Dr. Daris Swindler, said that the heel print is “consistent with what you’d expect to see if a giant biped sat down in the mud.”
- The best film of a suspected sasquatch, made by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in October 1967, shows what appears to be a female sasquatch walking through the woods. Many people have said the film is just that of a man in an ape suit. But because the film shows the creature’s rippling muscles, among other evidence, film costume expert John Chambers said that no one could have fabricated the creature seen on the film.