What is a Bigfoot or Sasquatch?

Bigfoot is widely believed to be a large, hairy bipedal member of the primate family that lives in remote forested areas. It is believed to be an intelligent species that, while demonstrating curiosity about humans, tends to avoid interaction with them in most cases. Legends and accounts of the creature exist in numerous cultures around the world, especially in Native American folklore in the US and Canada.

The field of Bigfoot research has grown rapidly since the late 1950’s with popular TV shows documenting research expeditions all over the world. The evidence collected during these expeditions includes videos and photographs, audio recordings, footprints and handprints, hair samples, and scat. These samples are then examined by experts in the field to determine their authenticity.

Bigfoot are commonly heard making knocking noises by banging on trees with large sticks or by banging large sticks together. It is believed that this is a method of communicating with other Bigfoot, or to warn humans not to venture any further into their territory. Our name refers to this phenomenon.

Some recorded Bigfoot sightings have been proven to be hoaxes, but many more have not. That is why experts study recordings in great detail to determine whether or not it is probable that the sighting is real.

There are estimated to be between 2,000 and 6,000 of the species living in remote regions across North America. With such a sparse population density and so few people looking, it is highly unlikely to find a body. There are also those who believe that the species may bury their dead as humans do.

These creatures, while curious, are extremely cautious. They are often sighted peering out from the edge of wooded areas along roads, but are rarely seen on roadways. Their intelligence seems to make them able to perceive the danger of moving vehicles.

Most states in the continental US have reported sightings, but the highest numbers come from the Pacific Northwest, followed by Pennsylvania. Numerous reports also come from the Ozark Mountains. If a region has remote, heavily wooded areas, there are likely to be reported sightings.

People often mistake the tracks and scat of other wild animals for those of Bigfoot. Many reputable websites and guidebooks exist that can help to identify animal tracks and droppings. If your tracks are very large, seem humanoid, or don’t match any known animal, show them to a reputable Bigfoot researcher. You may have real Bigfoot evidence!

Of the tens of thousands of reports that have been made since the mid 19th century, only one involves the killing of a person. Teddy Roosevelt, in his 1890 book The Wilderness Hunter, describes an incident in the Montana wilderness where two fur trappers are stalked by a Bigfoot-like creature. Their camp is ransacked twice, and when one trapper is gone for several hours, he returns to find his companion dead- his neck has been broken, and there are claw or fang wounds on it. There are no other verifiable reports of a Bigfoot killing a human.