More beast than man apelike creature that allegedly have been sighted for centuries, and are still believed to inhabit the forests of North America's Pacific Northwest. Its name derives from its unusually large footprints. In Canada is known as Sasquatch. Another names by which is known, depending on the North American region, are Skunk Ape (Florida), Oh-mah (California), Momo (Missouri), Wookie (Louisiana), Grassman (Ohio), Toké-Mussi (Oregon), Woods Devil (New Hampshire), Windigo (Quebec), Arulataq (Alaska), Nuk-luk, Nakani (North West Territories) or simply Bushman.
One of the earliest sightings by a white man took place in 1811, when a Canadian trader found footprints measuring 14 by 8 inches (35.5 by 20.5 cm) in the snows of the northern Rockies, near Jasper, Alberta. But it was in the 1950s, perhaps stimulated by speculation about the Yeti, that sightings began to be reported on an almost regular basis. Various witnesses came forward with tales of abnormally big, humanoid but hairy creatures - rather like enormous apes which had appeared in various areas of Canada. Photographs of tracks began to appear, some of them clearly faked, but others more difficult to explain.
A notorious short piece of cine-film shot in 1967 at Bluff Creek, in north California, near the Oregon Border, appears to show a female Bigfoot casually walking away from the camera. The creature had allegedly been active in the area ten years previously, plaguing a team of road-builders not only by leaving convincing footprints, but also by playfully moving heavy equipment about.
In October 1967, two men - Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin - were on a Bigfoot expedition in the area when they suddenly came across this one, standing by a creek. Patterson seized his cine-camera and shot several feet before the film ran out. The film has been hotly contested over the years, with claims that a confederate in an animal skin impersonated the creature; but Patterson and Gimlin stuck to their story, which has never been convincingly demolished.
Forensic Expert Says Bigfoot Is Real National Geographic - October 23, 2003
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