Bigfoot aka Sasquatch
Here in the United States, the huge, hairy, shy Bigfoot is regarded as legend by most people that we know, but there are some pretty ardent supporters of his existence. Some of the aficionados have done considerable research into many diverse cultures that believed in the existence of similar creatures. The abominable snowman or Yeti is always brought into the discussion and the true believers cite numerous Indian cultures all the way back to the Aztec. The alternative name for Bigfoot is Sasquatch, which is derived from an American Indian term. The arguments of those that argue against Bigfoot's existence include the conclusion that one or two solitary specimens could not exist - you would need a larger "breeding population" and that would result in far more sightings than are currently recorded.
Those supporters of Bigfoot that tend toward a scientific rationale suggest that he is an example of Gigantopithecus, an extinct great ape. The fossilized remains of Gigantopithecus have been found in China and the argument goes that he came across the Bering Land Bridge thousands of years ago along with the Wholly Mammoth and the Giant Sloth. The scientific community dismisses this theory by saying that fossil remains of Gigantopithecus have not been found in North America and besides Gigantopithecus was too large to walk on two legs.
Sightings of Bigfoot have been reported far and wide in North America. Most have been proven to be hoaxes and none to date have been proven to be valid. More sightings come out of Northern California than anywhere else, and there are even organized hunting parties that regularly search for Bigfoot each year. One of the more important locales for these searches is in the forested areas around Happy Camp. Because these events bring in outsiders, some view Sasquatch as being an important tourist attraction. Whatever the truth about his existence, the fact that several communities work Bigfoot into their tourist promotional materials tends to support this view of the phenomenon. The best statue of Bigfoot is in Happy Camp and the most complete Bigfoot museum is located in Willow Creek.
Jane Goodall probably expressed the feelings of a lot of people when she said "Maybe they don't exist, but I want them to."
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