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by Loren Coleman

Paraview Pocket Books
ISBN 0743469755
288 pages

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Excerpts from BIGFOOT! The True Story of Apes in America

  Bigfoot sightings happen all the time in North America, especially in the Pacific Northwest. While the media may cite two or three reports per month during spring, summer, and fall, people are probably seeing Bigfoot and finding footprints at the rate of about ten unpublicized encounters a week. More than 550 reports a year. Year after year. Accounts of Bigfoot in America go back as far as this land is mentioned in history, and in legends and folklore long before that.

What’s remarkable about these reports is that, despite the overwhelming evidence for the existence of Bigfoot, the media and most scientists largely act as if the creature is a joke, a mass delusion. The truth is that at least one unknown species of primate exists in America. It’s a big story and it’s not getting the attention it deserves…

[In Chapter 12, Loren Coleman explores one aspect of Bigfoot that almost never gets mentioned -- the killer Sasquatch.]

Stories of violent Bigfoot do exist. Giant cannibals in the bush eating woman are part of ancient Indian lore, although little discussed today. One of the first stories among nonnatives appears in Theodore Roosevelt’s The Wilderness Hunter, published in 1890. During the mid-1800s, two hunters, one named Baumann, were camping in the Bitterroot Mountains, on the other side of the Rockies from Yosemite, when they were visited by something that left giant footprints. Then at midnight they saw, in the fire’s light, a huge upright form and smelled it, too.

The next morning, Baumann went to check traps, while his mate packed up. When Baumann returned, he found his friend’s neck broken and four great fang marks in his throat. Roosevelt added, “The footprints of the unknown beast, printed deep in the soft soil, told the whole story . . . his monstrous assailant, which must have been lurking in the woods, waiting for a chance to catch one of the adventurers unprepared, came silently up from behind, walking with long noiseless steps and seemingly still on two legs. . . . It had not eaten the body, but apparently had romped and gamboled around it in uncouth and ferocious glee, occasionally rolling it over and over; and had then fled back into the soundless depths of the woods.”

There are also reports of Bigfoot, the Eastern variety, killing dogs. These begin with the hairy giant “wildman” of Gladwin County, Michigan, who killed a dog with one blow of its hand, in October 1891, to such items as the 1970s Louisiana, Missouri, account of Momo seen carrying the bloody carcass of a dog. There is also the Wisconsin encounter in 2000 of a similar beast carrying a dead and bloody animal. John Green too collected cases of Bigfoot killing dogs, but he has only five accounts, other than the Baumann story, of people being killed by alleged Sasquatch. All are secondhand stories. Two from the 1970s came to him from an investigator in Alaska, who told of Bigfoot attacking men living on boats in the Yukon River. Though their dogs drove off the hairy giant, the men later died.

The Bigfoot Bulletin of October 31, 1970, published by California researcher George Haas, carried a fantastic letter from an army trainee named Nick E. Campbell at Fort Ord, California. He related that two Texas National Guard privates, one of them a minister, had told him that at Longview where they lived, there were reports from about 1965 of a giant hairy creature roaming the back country between there and Jefferson, Texas. They said that the creature had reportedly killed a couple of people. Reverend Royal Jacobs told him that as a teenager he was a member of a posse that hunted the creature and he had seen the body of a person the creature had torn apart.

Reports like this are difficult to confirm. One is my files is a UPI clipping, dated September 20, 1965, from Jefferson, Texas, entitled “Town Fed Up With Monster Hunters.” Sheriff Luke Walker is quoted as being upset by the Bigfoot hunters from three states who had overrun his small northeast-Texas town since a thirteen-year-old boy came running out of the woods three weeks earlier telling of seeing a big, black hairy thing. Did something else happen in Jefferson that never made it to the papers? Reports of aggressive Bigfoot still circulate in Texas.

Bigfoot, as a primate, may be no different than his supposedly more “evolved” cousins. There are bad apples in every bunch.

© Loren Coleman 2003

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