Few creatures have more speculation and anecdotal evidence surrounding them than Sasquatch does. Before the 19th century, when stories about the mysterious “ape man” began circulating in the American West, most Native American tribes had their own legends surrounding the enigmatic creature. Sasquatch, most commonly spotted in the Pacific Northwest, is usually described as a bipedal ape-like creature, significantly larger than the average man, and completely covered in dark brown or reddish hair. In general, the scientific community remains skeptical about the existence of such an animal, but there are a lot of people out there who are confident that some sort of ape-man roams through the depths of North America’s most remote forests. Although there is more scientific evidence against the existence of Sasquatch than there is for it, many have devoted their lives to seeking out Bigfoot.
Why does it need our help?
If there really is a Sasquatch out there, there is definitely more than one, and in order to maintain a healthy breeding population a species of hominoid (as Sasquatch is assumed to be) would need extremely vast expanses of uninterrupted forest. Places like the Mount Hood Wilderness and other Wilderness areas would be prime habitat for Sasquatch, so if there are any out there to protect, making sure Oregon’s forests get the protections they need to stay pristine and untouched is of the utmost importance. One particular Oregonian Sasquatch aficionado featured a blog post earlier this year about the importance of protecting Sasquatch habitat, and featured a video interview with Oregon Wild’s Erik Fernandez.
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Did you know?
- The name “Sasquatch” comes from an adaptation of the Halkomelem tribe’s in British Columbia term, and was coined by a Canadian journalist who wrote a series of articles about Bigfoot in the 1920’s.
- The world's only Sasquatch trap is located in Oregon in the Siskiyou National Forest.
- The hotbed of Sasquatch sightings in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountsins of northwest California and southwest Oregon led to the creation of the Bigfoot Trail.
Watch the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin footage of a "Sasquatch":