Bigfoot: Real or Fiction? by Will Saunders

Lots of people believe Bigfoot is real. There are many delegations that go on expeditions looking for this creature that, I think, is nothing but mythical-level folklore. But many don’t view it as folklore. Whether they call it Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch, or the Abominable Snowman, a whole lot of people believe the creature is real. Other names I have heard ascribed to this creature include Skunk Ape, Yeren, Yowie, Mande Burung (or alternatively Barung), Orang Pendik, Almas, and Barmanou. Aficionados of the species will note differences in these terms, primarily surrounding regions of the world where they may inhabit and subtle differences in their appearance; but for the purposes of this article, these terms are being used interchangeably. Personally, I prefer Yeti. There’s something inherently sexy about that one.

There have been several documentaries about Bigfoot: Finding Bigfoot, Bigfoot Files, Bigfoot Odyssey, Discovering Bigfoot, Chasing Bigfoot, and Expedition Sasquatch. There may be others, but these are the top ones that I found. All of these documentaries – along with the many scripted movies and television shows – are indicative of the interest that lies with this furry beast. The most authentic, believable account I’ve seen was in the 1961writings of Ivan T. Sanderson titled, Abominable Snowmen: LEGEND COME TO LIFESanderson uses bone samples and footprints as his proof that this creature is more than just a myth. That’s the only type of tangible evidence I’ve seen in the last 50 plus years. If Yeti was alive then, it likely is dead now, in my humble assessment of things. But alas, diehard believers still press on, even without any current physical evidence.

I was surprised to learn that Skamania County in Washington State has a law against killing Bigfoot. They classify the killing of the Yeti in this 1984 court document as either a misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor, the former yielding a maximum penalty upon conviction of 6 months in jail and a $500 fine, with the latter being 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine. I initially thought this was a joke. But my research disclosed the seriousness of the ordinance. It was originally promulgated in 1969, and revisited in 1984, reaffirming its validity. The revised 1984 law downgraded the offense from a felony, thereby reducing the maximum penalty from a $10,000 fine and a five year prison sentence. Neither the original nor the revised law criminalize accidental killing of the Yeti. The law addresses the “premeditated, willful, or wanton slaying” of the beast, declaring it an endangered species, thus making the county an official Sasquatch Refuge.

I think it’s kind of silly. The Bald Eagle is an endangered species, but there is a lot of evidence of its existence, also true for the Bengal Tiger, the Black Spider Monkey, the Asian Elephant, the Chimpanzee, and the Giant Panda. As rare as these animals may be, you can still set your eyes on them. A believer in Bigfoot argued this is why we need to have more resources to protect them, because they are disappearing and are almost extinct. Well, I’m not sure I would categorize the Yeti similarly as those other endangered animals. It’s fictitious. Isn’t it? If it isn’t, then surely its extinct like the unicorn. Like I always say, why is the Yeti so elusive? Doesn’t it leave footprints? Aren’t there any Yeti carcasses or does the Yeti disintegrate once it dies? Does it ever leave DNA in its travels? What about Yeti’s bodily waste?

Lastly, why can’t anybody capture any high-quality images of the Yeti? We always see old, grainy images. Sometimes, people claiming recent Bigfoot sightings use old images trying to pass them off as new ones. Doing a simple reverse image search can easily reveal that. I learned that trick from the TV show, Catfish. If the Yeti really does exist, then I’ll argue that leprechauns, vampires, the Lochness Monster, and werewolves are real too.



About Will S.

A nouveau Taurus, writing about my view of the world around me. From politics, to social problem, to public corruption, music and movies to pretty much anything I feel inspired to write.
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