Sasquatch – Legend, Hoax, or Something More? by Pam Crooks

Last month, we enjoyed a family vacation at the breathtakingly beautiful Ponca State Park in northeast Nebraska.  The park, and the nearby town of its namesake, are named for the Native American tribe who once claimed the land.  While traveling along the Missouri, Lewis and Clark passed right through, and the National Park Service has since designated this state park as part of the Lewis and Clark Historical Trail.

Even though it’s only two hours from where I live, except for one family member, none of us had ever been there.  The get-away promised to be relaxing, and with ten grandkids in tow, family-friendly.

Since we were only going to be there for a few days, the #SelfieSasquatchChallenge soon became a priority.  Once a week, park rangers move a seven-foot tall Sasquatch figure to different locations throughout the park’s trails.  The fun is to find him, take a selfie of you and your group (if you’re in one) and post the photo on their State Park Facebook page.

My husband hamming it up with Sasquatch.

We were up for the challenge, I tell you!  My three sons-in-law found Sasquatch first while mountain-biking, and the news upon their return was so exciting!  It wasn’t long before we hit the trail to find him, too – and of course, take a photo of him.  I have to admit, seeing that hulking figure against a tree shrouded in shadows on a heavily wooded trail was startling!  Even though I knew Sasquatch was just there for fun, well, he’s not something one normally sees while hiking.

Sasquatch’s fame comes through in many names – Bigfoot, Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, Sokqueatl, or Sesquac, as spoken by Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest, but whatever name you give him, his name will mean “wild man.”

Sometimes depicted as covered in black, dark brown, reddish brown, or even white hair, he is ape-like with feet believed to be two feet long.  Hulking, with no neck, eyes that glow red or yellow, too.  Some describe him as much as eight feet tall, others even ten.  Supposedly, he makes hair-raising sounds like howls, screams, grunts, or roars.  Still, others claim the sounds are simply mis-interpreted and actually made by animals such as owl, wolf, fox, or coyote.

A US Navy cryptologic linguist, Scott Nelson, said of audio recordings from the early 1970s that “It is definitely a language, it is definitely not human in origin, and it could not have been faked.”

In another report of Sasquatch’s realism, the owner of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in northern California claims to have smelled the beast, saying, “Imagine a skunk that had rolled around in dead animals and had hung around the garbage pits.”

Others, however, have completely different theories.  Scientists and non-believer professionals claim the Sasquatch sightings are simply large bears, hermits or feral humans living in the wilderness.

And then there was the group of researchers in Washington State who used 200 pounds of plaster to take impressions, ultimately named the Skookum Cast, which is 3 1/2 feet wide and 5 feet tall. As quoted from an article written by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young, “A Bigfoot by Any Other Name,”

“Measurements of the imprints indicated that whatever creature made this impression was 40 to 50 percent larger than a 6-foot-tall human being. When the cast was cleaned, hair samples were extracted. All of them turned out to belong to deer, elk, coyote, and bear—all but one. One hair had unique primate (ape) characteristics. Dr. Henner Fahrenback, a biomedical research scientist from Beaverton, Oregon, has labeled it “Sasquatch.”

So there you go.

What do you think?  Are you a believer or a non-believer?  Is Sasquatch real or a hoax?

And that question reminds of UFOs and how the Pentagon has been holding historic hearings on supposed sightings of UFOs just this spring.  Sure makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

What about UFOs?  Are they real or a hoax, too?

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26 thoughts on “Sasquatch – Legend, Hoax, or Something More? by Pam Crooks”

  1. I for one am a believer, as a kid, growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I had my own encounters with Big Foot! It was in the mid 70s as I was 4 or 5 maybe even 6. My sister, brother, and myself were riding our bicycles out near the barn ( which we weren’t supposed to do) on our way back we spotted a Big Foot on the very small hill up above the driveway, but much farther when you are a child! I was the first to see him’ Looked to be around 8!to 9 ft tall. Just stood watching us! Needless to say we made it back to our house where we told our grandpa and oldest sister. They went to look and we were told it was just a bear and couldn’t go back out that day! I, myself will never believe it was anything but a big foot!! So they do exist! As far as UFOs are concerned I believe we are not the only species in the galaxy. I haven’t seen any aliens yet, but I have seen strange lights that I can’t explain, so there’s something out there and I don’t believe it’s just the military doing training because they do a lot of fly overs, over our home!

    • What a great story, Sheila!! I can see how your grandpa would rationalize what you saw was a bear, but Sasquatch is more apelike. And I read there are more than one – these creatures can live in groups. Who knows, right?

      Boy, I’m on the fence about UFOs. Maybe, psychologically I don’t want to think there are other species out there who can invade earth, but there must be SOMETHING to it for the military to catch these strange sightings with sophisticated technology. And for the Pentagon to be concerned enough to have hearings over them . . . wow. I hope – never in my lifetime!!

  2. I’m skeptical on Sasquatch but still open to possibilities. Of course, UFOs are real. There have been unidentified flying objects for a long time. Whether or not these objects come from outer space is an entirely different question. (Sorry about my answer. I couldn’t resist. LOL).

    • He does, Denise . . . but those footprints that have been found are puzzling. The imprints from the photo above are huge. Many studies have been done, but no one can come up with anything definite. It must be really frustrating to hear or see something Sasquatch-like and then be told it’s something ordinary.

      The legend persists!!

  3. I’m not saying I believe or not, I would have to see something with my own eyes. However, I do believe there are some unexplained things in nature.

    • I’m with you, Connie. Seeing is believing, right? You can’t always believe what you read, but those pictures make me stop and think. And then . . . there are those who love to deceive, all for the fun of it!

  4. I’m skeptical on both. But then, I also don’t rush out and buy all of the newest and greatest gadgets, either. Even now, my phone is a phone, used for talk and text, not surfing the web or FB, though it has that capability.

  5. Well, since even David Attenborough thinks Yetis or Sasquatch may exist, so why not. Some months back I saw this documentary (I can’t find it right now), where you had these scientists looking for proof about big foot and when they discarded hoaxes, pranks misidentified animals ect. and chimpanzees or other primates some not so bright people had taken for pets and then let loose once they became too much to deal with, there were still plenty of unexplained sightings.

    UFOs… I believe once I see one+an alien with my own eyes. I have no doubt there’s life in space, but whether it has evolved past bacteria stage or is capable of making flying saucers is another matter entirely.

    • I agree, Minna – there are tons of unexplained sightings. Sure does make you think it’s possible Sasquatch or some descendant of his is out there in the wilds. If true, they’re probably afraid of people, which makes them even more mysterious.

      Those UFOs – I just don’t know what to think.

      And thanks for the youtube link. David A. was so interesting!!!

  6. Hi, I believe anything and everything is possible. There is alot we don’t know about the unknown, which is so very interesting. Have a great rest of the day and a great rest of the week also.

  7. Hi Pam. I’m not sure whether I believe or not. But, one time we were camping in a remote area of Mammoth Cave National Park, right out of Brownsville, KY about 3 miles from any houses. There were only two ways out. One, by road and the other by a ferry that crossed Green River and it closed at 6pm. It was really creepy and we were the only campers. It was pitch dark and about 9pm, we were sitting around the fire, when deep from the woods came a loud high-pitched scream. It made my hair stand on end. We slept in the van for the rest of the night, with the doors locked and left at daylight. I’ve listened to different screams from animals and birds and none of them sounded like that. After researching, I found there is a legend of the Wildman of Kentucky that is a sasquatch like creature. So, I’m not sure, but I wish I knew what it was in the woods that night.

    • Oh, Sherry – you gave me chills!! I would’ve been so freaked out. What a fascinating story. That would have made a believer out of me, I’m afraid.

      Thanks for sharing!

  8. My husband is a skeptic and I am a believer. There have been too many incidents over the years and their existence is referred to innate lore going back hundreds of years in countries around the world. There is little else to explain that. There have been incidents in our area. One patron at our library had one look through her window which is 7 feet off the ground. Nothing there to stand on. It was also taking things from her garden to eat. She did get a picture and showed me. Not what we usually see. Police and wildlife officers did track it and found several places it bedded down. Nothing was ever said about it in the local news, but she found other people who had had experiences all along the mountain ridge.
    As for UFO’s, that is a much more frightening possibility. The way things are in the world right now, why would any intelligent being want to come here?

    • Oh. My. Goodness. Pat, that’s chilling – something 7 foot tall looking through a window? Your patron must’ve been scared to death, but she managed to take a picture. She had more courage than I would have, and for produce to come up missing from her garden and had bedded down!!

      The police were smart not to say anything, I suppose – as long as no one gets hurt. They’d likely have mass panic on their hands.

      And if there are, indeed, UFOs out there, why are they staying away? (I had to laugh at your logic, though. True, right?)

      Thanks as always, Pat!

      • UFO Advanced scouting party for the later invasion? Alien Anthropologists studying primitive life on earth?

        As for the bigfoot idea, might be interesting. There is actually a real animal that such might descend from, Gigantopithecus which could also be the source of the Yeti. The argument of it being a hominid, ape, or closer to an Orangotang is ongoing. Most information comes from teeth and jaw bones.

  9. Oh, my goodness. You sound incredibly knowledgeable, ddbibb! You must have a background in this stuff?

    I’m especially intrigued by your UFO Advanced scouting party for a later invasion theory. Wow.

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