Patterson Footage (October 20, 1967)
After years of research we do believe we have Bigfoot/Sasquatch in our Ontario bush. Hundreds of sightings all across Ontario only help to prove the point. My own sighting when I was young as well as other members experiences prompted us to seek further information . I guess we wern't the only ones to have possible encounters with this creature. Hearing many credible witnesses stories from across Ontario and North America has only fueled our desire to investigate further. From a simple road crossing to being scared right out of the bush the report's are very interesting.
We understand that being in the field researching and collecting data is truly the best way to prove these creatures truly do exist and talking about the subject will never prove they exist. On occasion while out on expedition we do come across what could possibly be evidence (Foot prints, strange audio) and that is the best result of all. It just makes us more motivated to continue the quest and maybe we're on the right track. The great thing about researching this subject is everyone in the bush has the same chance of finding evidence if they know what to look for in the bush. It's truly exciting once you truly open your eyes to what's out there in the deep bush and stop assuming you have all the answers of what you saw or heard. We would like to know how many people in the bush assumed it was a bear standing up or that vocalization was a known animal or that wood knock was a huge woodpecker? Or that animal that brushed up against my tent late at night was a bear? That tree structure (teepee looking) was made by humans?
Always look further and question what you see. You may be surprised at what you find.
Timothy D Ervick
Latest possible Bigfoot image (unconfirmed Trail camera picture)
SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION: Crypto
COMMON NAME: Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti
OTHER NAMES: lmas (Asia) BarmanusB'gwas (B.C. - Haisla community) Booger (North America) Devil Monkey (North America) Gin-sung (Asia) GuguKakundakári (Africa) Mo MoNguoi rung (Asia) Nuk-Luk (North America) Nyalmo (Asia) Oh-mah (North America) Old Yellow Top (North America) Orang-Pendek (Oceania) Sasquatch (North America) Skunk Ape (North America) Tano Giant (Africa) Teh-Ima (Asia) Ucumar (Latin America) Windigo (Canada) Yeren (Asia) YetiYowie (Oceania)
GENUS SPECIES: Not named (Hardtofindus)
DIET: Assumed as a omnivore (Although the term omnivore literally means eater of everything, omnivores cannot really eat "everything" that other animals eat; they can only eat things that are at least moderately easy to get and still at least moderately nutritious.)
Food sources would be Moose, Deer, Beaver, Racoons, Birds and eggs, Rabbits, Fish, Plants and weeds. Might even eat reptiles such as Frogs, Snakes etc.
RANGE: Not known ( Although several theories of seasonal migrations have come forward)
HABITAT: Very diverse, found in forests, mountains, swamps, grasslands.
POPULATION: North American estimates are in the 10,000 range. (unconfirmed)
DESCRIPTION: Bigfoot is described in reports as a large hairy ape-like creature, ranging between 6–10 feet (2–3 m) tall, weighing in excess of 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair. Alleged witnesses have described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla. Bigfoot is commonly reported to have a strong, unpleasant smell by those who claim to have encountered it. The enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (60 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide. While most casts have five toes—like all known apes—some casts of alleged bigfoot tracks have had numbers ranging from two to six. Some have also contained claw marks, making it likely that a portion came from known animals such as bears, which have five toes and claws. Some proponents have also claimed that bigfoot is omnivorous and mainly nocturnal.
What is the nature of bigfoot, human or ape? By Cliff Barackman
While the true nature of bigfoot remains a mystery, there are some pretty safe assumptions we can make about them. These assumptions are based on eyewitness accounts, as well as photographic and footprint evidence.
First of all, bigfoots are clearly primates since they pass all the visible tests for membership in this biological order. They have arms and shoulders designed for brachiation, though they are likely too large to spend much time in trees (much in the same way that mountain gorillas and even humans have this anatomy, but don't swing from branches much). They have stereoscopic vision, five digits on their hands and feet, and the rest of the visible signs of being a primate. It would be hard to argue against their membership in the order.
Bigfoots are also clearly apes. In the simplest of terms, apes are large primates that lack a tail. It would also be hard to argue with this.
The rest of the question, “What is the nature of bigfoot?” is open for debate. I can only give you my interpretation of the data based on what make sense to me from my studies and first hand encounters.
One of the biggest debates among bigfooters is whether bigfoots are human or ape? The answer to this, in my opinion, doesn't matter because of the flaw inherent in the question itself. Humans are apes. Look at the above definition and this will be clear. They definitely are not human beings, or Homo sapiens sapiens (yes that word has to be there twice, or it doesn't mean modern man). Everyone knows that human beings do not grow to be eight or nine feet tall and covered with hair. I will say that I believe sasquatches are very human-like. There is a gradient of apeness, and humans are at some point on that gradient, just like orangutans, bonobos, gorillas, and sasquatches.
The question for me is, “How human-like are they?” It is my opinion that they are very human-like. So much so that it would make many people very uncomfortable. In fact, they might belong to the same family as modern humans, Hominidae, or hominid.
To belong to the family of hominids, an organism has to satisfy certain conditions. These are as follows:
• A bipedal posture, including a restructuring of the foot for weight bearing, including the loss of toe opposability.
• Increased manual dexterity involving a lengthening of the thumb.
• A flattening of the face in the muzzle area due to a reduction of bone mass and muscles.
• Flattened front teeth and large molars. The teeth also have a thicker enamel of the molars.
• An enlarged brain.
For sasquatches, the first of the above characteristics, bipedalism, is obvious. Sure, sasquatches are sometimes seen on all fours for short periods of time, but their habitual adult posture is on two legs. As a side note, it is interesting that one bigfoot observer in Mt. Hood National Forest reported that the sasquatch he saw go down on all fours ran on its knuckles, not its open hand.
sasquatches have wrapped all five digits around objects held in their hands. However, other observers (mostly long-term witnesses) have reported that sasquatches perform amazing feats of manual dexterity, including braiding horse manes, building stick structures, or weaving cedar shavings into intricate shapes. While I have not observed these in the field, I remain open to the possibility that this might be happening.
The next characteristic of the flattening of the face is also plainly visible in the several good photographs of sasquatches available today, as well as the thousands of eyewitness reports. They seem to lack the protrusion of the muzzle exhibited by the other apes called prognathism. On this flattened face, bigfoot incisors are always described as flat, though sometimes canines are noted. The thickness of the enamel obviously remains unknown.
Being such a large animal, a bigfoot's brain must be large as well. I believe that an enlarged brain, and thus a high level of intelligence, has been repeatedly observed by their ability to remain “undiscovered” for so long. The evidence that points to sasquatches using language also is indicative of a high level of intelligence so far unobserved in any other animal other than humans.
Even though it is not clear whether or not sasquatches are indeed hominids, it seems to be at least possible, and even a little likely based on the description above. Perhaps after sasquatches are a recognized species, a little tweaking may need to be done on the definition of hominid? Perhaps sasquatches are something else entirely. That remains to be seen.
Possible Bigfoot print found while on expedition to Moose Lake. See Moose Lake expedition page for details and more photo's.
Possible Bigfoot print found while on expedition to Blind River. See Blind River expedition page for details and more photo's
Track pick taken in the Wawa area