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
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:
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
The following is information collected from witness report of Sasquatch feeding behaviour.
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: Ray Wallace
Above: Dale Wallace holding fake feet
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 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
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