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Sasquatch:The Elusive North American Great Ape

 Over the last two hundred years there have been thousands of reported sightings of Sasquatch and Possibly thousands of unreported sightings as well. Hundreds of footprints have been found and cast all over North America. Other evidence documented have been nests/bedding areas, tree twists/breaks, hand prints, and body inprints in mud. Even though there has been all this documented evidence, when most people hear the name Sasquatch they think of blury video clips, tabloid articles, hoax and contraversy. Few people know the facts about the most misunderstood animal on the planet. I hope reading this will bring what I belive to be the truth about Sasquatch out and into the open.

 

What is a Sasquatch?

 

Sasquatch is a bipedal Primate found in North America and is closely related to the Great Apes of Africa and Asia. I believe Sasquatch to be a desendant of Gigantopithecus, a Primate that existed one million years ago to as recently as three hundred thousand years ago. Fossil evidence has proven that Gigantopithecus lived in Asia but these animals could have easily traveled to North America across the Baring Land Bridge.

Above: recreation of Gigantopithecus

 

 

 

What does Sasquatch look like?

 From the thousands of reported witness descriptions, we have found that Sasquatch like Humans, come in many sizes and colors. The following is what we have learned:

  • Adults range in height from 7 to 13 feet tall.
  • Wide shoulders and a deep chest.
  • Arms are longer than legs and hang down below the knee.
  • Short thick neck or the appearance of no neck. This is due to the fact that the spine connects to the back of the skull and the Trapezius muscles are more developed.
  • Pointed head, a unique anatomical charicteristic of the Gorilla. This is attributed in the adult male to a prominent sagittal crest over laid with a pad of fibro-fatty tissue.  This characteristic is less pronounced in females and smaller bodied adult males.
  • Extreme muscularity.
  • Broad, flat face.
  • Jaw that protrudes beyond the nose.  This anatomical feature (prognatism) is distinctly ape-like.  Prognatism is due to the need for large jaws and teeth for mastication. 
  • Brow-ridges, above the eyes is a huge shelf of bone.
  • Hair color is most often described as light brown, dark brown or black.  Other colors that have been reported are grey, light, white, silver-tipped, and red to reddish-brown.
  • Hair length is longer on the head, shoulders, and arms, than anywhere else on the body.
  • Hair distribution, body is completely hair covered except for patches of bare black skin on the face, chest, soles of feet, and palms of hands.
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                         Above: Comparison chart - Sasquatch, Gorilla and Human.

Sasquatch & Great Ape behaviour

When you examine the behavioural patterns of Sasquatches and Great Apes of Africa and Asia, there is no denying that Sasquatch should be classified as a Great Ape of North America. 

The following are behavioural traits shared by Sasquatches and the Great Apes of Africa and Asia:

 

  • Beyond human strength and speed
  • Beyond human agility
  • Loud vocalizations
  • Projectile throwing
  • Bipedalism (Low land Gorillas)
  • Chest Beating
  • Stamping or slapping
  • Shaking trees or branches
  • Use of sticks as weapons or tools
  • Brandishing sticks or branches
  • Branch breaking
  • False charges
  • displays of aggression
  • Tree knocking

 

With such similar appearances and behavioural patterns, it still surprises me that most people will believe Sasquatch to be a hoax and not a Great Ape of North America as it should be.

 

                  Left: Low land gorilla                                     Right: Sasquatch from 1967 Patterson footage

 

 

Vocalization

Screams

I have heard many different Sasquatch vocalizations at my research site in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. The screams of the Sasquatch are truly an amazing sound. The first time I heard the screams it sent a shiver down my spine. It is a sound that is hard to describe, because it is unlike anything you have ever heard before. The closest sound it can be compared to is a half-human scream of a woman in pain. I have also heard a scream that sounded like a high pitched squeal. I have heard screams on many occasions over the last three years and they still give me the same thrill as the first time.

Whistling

 I was on a hunting trip with my Cousin the first time I heard a Sasquatch whistle. We were hunting elk in the Alberta Rocky Mountains and had hiked up a cutline to an area with a little creek running through it. We stood quiet and began to use our cow elk call to try and draw the elk to our position. After the first call, we heard a strange whistle in response. We continued to call and each time the strange whistle responded and was closer to our location. We finally got a little spooked and headed back to camp. Since that hunting trip, I have heard many more whistles in that area.

Growling & Whoops

I have only heard a Sasquatch growl once. It was a very exciting but slightly terrifying experience. It sounded like a mixture between a human and a bear. You can imagine how your heart leaps out of your chest when you hear a sound like that at night in the wilderness.

Whoops are a very interesting vocalization. I have heard them on a few occasions, It is a very beautiful sound. I believe that these whoops are a form of long range communication. They are very loud and usually there are dozens of whoops over several minutes. It may even be a primitive form of mores code.

Rhythmic Wailing

I have never had the honour of hearing the rhythmic wailing of a Sasquatch. This is one of the most amazing sounds you could hear in the wilderness. It is as if the Sasquatch is singing a song. These sounds can be heard echoing through the night for miles.

 

 

 

Feeding behavior

 The following is information collected from witness report of Sasquatch feeding behaviour.

Foraging

  • Seen washing and eating wild onions in a stream
  • Crouching over a water hole washing edible grass roots. There were two piles, one washed and the other unwashed.
  • Walking through a forested area stripping spruce buds off the trees and eating the seeds. It would also pull down branches to eat the buds.
  • Head lights of a car caught a Sasquatch eating apples in front of a house. Many trees had the fruit stripped off higher than a human could reach.
  • Stealing corn and turnips from a vegetable garden, chickens and turkeys also missing.
  • A bedding area was found in an abandoned mine shaft, there were many brussle sprout stalks were found near the entrance.
  • A thousand 16 inch tracks were found, They showed a Sasquatch stripping the bark from trees to look for insects.
  • Two deer hunters witnessed two dark brown Sasquatches 7 to 9 feet tall reaching down under rocks to find insects and worms.
  • Two Sasquatches in a creek turning over rocks and eating something, Possibly insects or small fish.
  • A witnessed a animal digging up clams on the shore. They shot at it thinking it was a bear it stood up, screamed and ran away on two legs.
  • Twenty people on two commercial fishing boats approached the shore, a Sasquatch on a mud flat stood up and ran away. They checked the spot where the creature stood and realized it was digging clams.
  • Two adults and one juvenile witnessed digging up hibernating ground squirrels and feeding on them.
  • Scavenging on road kill.
  • Stealing game animals from hunters.
  • Stealing fish from nets

 

 

 

Predation

 

  •  Sasquatch seen on the road. When the car approached, it ran off into the forest. When the people in the car exited to see what the creature was doing, they noticed a half eaten rabbit on the road.
  • Two boys encountered a Sasquatch eating a bird. The creature chased them out of the area.
  • Two girls witnessed a wet Sasquatch standing in a creek holding a stick in one hand and 3 or 4 ducks in the other.
  • Deer hunter sitting on a stump over looking a meadow, noticed a doe and fawn come running out of the forest with a large Sasquatch close behind. The Sasquatch siezed the fawn in it's hands and disappeared into the forest. The fawn bleated, than there was silence.
  • A hunter saw a deer burst out of the timber into the open. A loud scream came from behind the deer, it froze and a huge Sasquatch appeared, took six large strides and grabbed the deer by the antlers. It bit the deer's neck killing it, than threw it over it's shoulder.
  • There have been numerous reports of pets being stolen from farms, ranches and even suburban yards.
  • Over the last two hundred years, ranchers and farmers have witnessed Sasquatches stealing sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, cattle, goats and rabbits. In most cases footprints were found heading to and from the pens or corrals where the animals were kept.
  • Rabbits found with heads twisted off.

 

 

 

Hoax & misidentified bear theory

Over the last ten years hoaxes have become a universally accepted explanation for Sasquatch sightings and tracks found. A well publicized hoax claim surfaced following the death of Ray Wallace in 2002. Wallace was a California man who operated a logging road construction company in the 1950s and 1960s. His family claimed that he told them stories of how he made wooden "Sasquatch" feet which strapped to his boots. He claimed that he used these fake feet to place hoax foot prints all over the Pacific North West. Published photographs showing the carved feet were accepted as corroborating the conclusions of the mass media, that all North American Sasquatch track reports were hoaxes. The hoax claim expanded to explain sightings as well as track reports; which has transformed the Sasquatch from an extant animal into a cultural phenomenon.

                              

 

 Above: Ray Wallace

 

 

                                                                           

                        

 

 

Above: Dale Wallace holding fake feet

 

 

                                                                     

 Another theory that has surfaced to explain the thousands of Sasquatch sightings in North America is misidentified black bears. Even though the only resemblance is superficial, the theory is that when black bears are witnessed standing up, they are mistakenly identified as Sasquatches. The only characteristic shared by upright bears and Sasquatches are a complete body covering of fur and a comparably large size. Adult Sasquatches are commonly reported to be much larger than black bears and are habitually bipedal whether  standing, walking, or running. Bears by comparison, assume an upright stance infrequently and only briefly during locomotion.

 

 

The picture above show the major differences between an upright black bear and a Sasquatch.

  • A black bear has very noticeable ears on the top of it's head, a Sasquatch does not.
  • A Sasquatch has long arms that hang down the sides of it's body, a bear has short front legs that when standing hang towards the front of the body.
  • A Sasquatch has long legs, a black bear has very short hind legs.
  • A black bear has a pronounced snout, a Sasquatch has a very flat face.

  

 

 

Sasquatch tracks & Bear tracks

A Sasquatch track is elongated with a pronounced heel, were as a bear has a broad hind foot which tapers to a slightly pointed heel. The presence of both fore and hind foot tracks is a characteristic of a bear trail. All the tracks of a Sasquatch trail are "hind" feet, just as with a human trail. A second difference is the presence of claw marks in bear tracks and the absence of them in Sasquatch tracks. Bear trails show foot prints that are close together, Sasquatch trails show footprints that are five or more feet apart.

 

 

                  

                     Left: Bear tracks                                              Right: Sasquatch track 

 

 

Sasquatch tracks & Human tracks

It is not difficult to eliminate bears as being responsible for observed Sasquatch tracks. But after eliminating bears from consideration as a candidate for the origin of Sasquatch tracks, we are still left with the possibility of large humans. The difference between Sasquatch tracks and bear tracks are obvious on close examination, Those between Sasquatch tracks and large humans are less evident. Given the remarkable similarity in shape between the tracks of the two species, one can understand why early explorers and pioneers thought an unknown tribe of giant Aboriginal people were responsible for the Sasquatch tracks they encountered.

What most people do not understand, that a Sasquatch track is not merely the track of an enlarged human foot. A closer look at a Sasquatch track reveals that they are considerably wider than a human feet of the same length. Sasquatch tracks are normally one - third wider than a human track of the same length.

Sasquatch tracks vary from about 7 inches to approximately 22 inches, with an average size of 16 inches. The absence of smaller tracks than 7 inches may be explained by the many reports of female Sasquatches carrying an infant by cradling it with one arm while walking.

 

 

                                  Above: Human and Sasquatch footprint comparison

 

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