Exposing 3 common Bigfoot myths
Let’s start by sharing perhaps our biggest pet peeve as it relates to Bigfoot. People who know nothing about Bigfoot, spreading doubt through baseless opinion. The overwhelming majority of negative and dismissive comments related to Bigfoot come from people who have never spent ANY amount of time or effort in the field looking for Sasquatch evidence.
Most people who spread their opinion that Bigfoot doesn’t exist as fact, consistently attempt to provide justification through claims such as: “I’ve been in the mountains my whole life and I’ve never seen a Bigfoot.” “Something that big would be easy to spot.” “We would have found bones by now.”
Let’s break these Bigfoot myths down one at a time and we’ll explain why none of them carry weight.
“I’ve been in the mountains my whole life and I’ve never seen a Bigfoot”
We hear this Bigfoot myth all the time. Please ask yourselves the following questions: How many times have you been to the mountains and saw a cougar (mountain lion)? How many times have you been to the mountains and saw a bear? A mountain goat? A Bighorn Sheep? A wolf? A bobcat? For many respondents, the answer will be, “NEVER”.
Now consider the fact that collectively, the United States population of the aforementioned animals is over 4.2 million! Even for those individuals who spend a considerable amount of time in the backwoods of America, these animals are a rare sighting. Not to mention, when people are in the mountains, typically they’re not looking for Bigfoot evidence.
Now consider an animal much more intelligent than any of the animals listed above. Consider an animal with more combined physical ability than any of the animals listed above. Consider an animal who has logic and can determine how and why not to be seen. Consider an animal with the ability and confidence to go into areas of the mountains which humans can’t or simply won’t.
The Destination Sasquatch team is made up of mountain enthusiasts; Military Veterans, an Eagle Scout and an avid life-long hunter. Collectively they’ve logged thousands of hours deep in the woods of NE Oregon and SW Washington, searching for Bigfoot evidence. Yet, they have never seen some of these animals in the wild. They have however seen a Sasquatch.
Those who know Sasquatch exists are tired of hearing how much someone’s been in the mountains, having never seen a Bigfoot, and how that alone is proof that Bigfoot does not exist. It’s a close-minded and frankly ignorant statement; save your breath.
“Something that big would be easy to spot”
Really? Let’s explore a couple of facts that shut down this weak argument. For this example, we’ll use an animal similar in size and other characteristics to that of a Sasquatch, the Mountain Gorilla. A male adult Mountain Gorilla stands over 6 ft. tall and can weigh in excess of 450lbs; easy to spot right? Wrong!
Researchers estimate a Mountain Gorilla population in excess of 1,000. The Mountain Gorilla inhabits a combined African region(s) of approximately 3,141 sq. miles. This may seem like a vast space to search for Mountain Gorillas; and it is. Just to give you a simple comparison however, the Cascade Mountain Range (one of many regions Sasquatch likes to hide) is 51,484 sq. miles! We’d call that a needle in a haystack.
Researchers (with the assistance of expert trackers and guides) on the hunt for Mountain Gorilla sightings can often spend continuous months in the wild before even catching a glimpse of a Mountain Gorilla; if they’re lucky! Many documentary filmmakers and researchers alike, hoping to see a Mountain Gorilla, have been known to say things during their exhaustive efforts such as, “We know they’re here because we can hear them, we can smell them and we can see their tracks, but we just can’t see them!”. Sound familiar? If you were a Bigfoot researcher, you’d know the gorilla researchers’ frustrations all too well.
Easy to spot? This argument is laughable to those of us who have worn out many pairs of hiking shoes looking for the elusive creature known as Bigfoot. Most areas we search are extremely difficult to access. With no roads or trails for miles, we’re forced to traverse mountain territory, most would look at and say, “I’ll pass”. Sasquatch research involves time, money, energy and above all, persistence.
However, we don’t want to discourage interested people from trying to gain a Sasquatch experience for themselves. The truth is most sightings come through simple luck. Driving down a mountain road at night and having a Bigfoot run in front of your vehicle is always a possibility. For those who wish to increase their odds of a sighting, true research is still your best option. But don’t expect it to come easy and don’t listen to the couch-dwelling naysayers who seem to have limitless negativity and plenty of baseless opinions.
And remember, the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Although we would certainly argue that there is ample evidence to warrant extensive scientific research, we would also suggest that the lack of Sasquatch evidence has more to do with a lack of concentrated effort than anything. Which leads to our final Sasquatch myth.
“We would have found bones by now”
We hear this objection a lot. We have a few answers we hope you’ll appreciate. First and foremost, we’d like to share some notes from our own research experiences. As mentioned before, the Destination Sasquatch team has put in countless hours of time searching for Bigfoot deep in the woods of NE Oregon and SW Washington. On many occasions we’ve run across bones; most of which were relatively easy to identify by body part and often we’re able to identify the type of animal the bones belong to.
Skulls are the easiest assuming they’re relatively intact. If leg portions are found and have hooves attached, this also makes our job of identification easy. However, the largest bones we typically find are femurs. Femurs can be difficult to discern because most mammalian femurs are similar in many characteristics. Unfortunately for us, we find femurs the most (probably because of their size and solidity). If we had to guess as to the percentage of miles we’ve logged compared to the number of bones we’ve found on the forest floor; it would have to be well less than 1%. With one exception…The Bone Pile. To find out more about the bone pile we found while searching for Bigfoot click here to watch the video.
One question that we ask people when confronted with this Bigfoot myth is, “who’s to say we haven’t found bones?” “How many times have you seen bones lying in the mountains, carried them back to camp, and sent them in for DNA analysis?” The truth is, nobody is going to pick up a bone, unless it’s a human-like skull, grab it, carry it back with them and pay to have it analyzed. Besides, who would you call to have it analyzed? 1-800-DNA?
During our many wilderness researches, one thing that we’ve never found (of any animal) is a completely intact skeleton. Why is that? Scavengers. Once mother earth does her work on the body (Typically less than 2-3 weeks for a mammal the size of an adult human), skeletal remains become a favorite meal for scavengers. Coyotes, wolves, bears, cougars and mice love to chew on animal bones to gather remaining nutrients. During this process, not only are the bones scattered, they’re broken and further absorbed into the forest floor. An additional point as it pertains to DNA and scavengers is that most bones gathered for DNA analysis would be extremely tainted with DNA from scavengers.
One further point of evidence against this argument is the fact that primates are commonly known to carry their dead to areas where they “apparently” feel the body will be kept safe. In our experience, where there’s one Sasquatch, there are others not too far away. Do you really believe a highly intelligent species such as a Sasquatch would leave their dead in a vulnerable area such as in the middle of a high traffic hiking trail? When an animal such as a deer or an elk is sick or wounded, they “always” seek a safe place to rest while they die. Typically, this “safe place” is in an area where humans would have an extremely difficult time reaching or would never think to look.
We leave you with these thoughts pertaining to those who insist Sasquatch isn’t real.
If you wanted information on what it’s like living in Thailand, would you talk to someone who’s never been to Thailand? Would you listen to someone’s opinion on the quality of the newest Dodge truck, when they’ve never even driven one? We should all base our opinions from personal experience. We encourage you to seek the truth about Sasquatch; but do so by listening to those who know; not those who don’t.
Some don’t have the time, ability or desire to seek out their own Sasquatch experience. Our message to those who simply desire to learn more about Bigfoot is this: “If you want the truth about Bigfoot; come to Destination Sasquatch to get it. Listen to people who HAVE witnessed Bigfoot; not those who haven’t”. We will debunk these Bigfoot myths and we hope you’ll join us on our journey.