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Bigfoot is faker than that email from a Nigerian prince

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Many people, including Husky PawPrint’s Opinion Editor Rosi Cronshey, claim that there is a large, hairy, ape-like creature inhabiting forests in the Pacific Northwest. This mythical creature goes by many names: Sasquatch, Yeti, Abominable Snowman, or, most famously, Bigfoot. However, Bigfoot is just that: a myth, created by folklore, misidentification, and hoaxes.

Bigfoot began as a group of diverse Native American legends ranging from the Kohuneje of the Maidu to the Seeahtlk of the Clallam. However, these myths are inconsistent. Some tribal folklores describe benevolent guardians of the forests, while others describe evil monsters who kidnap or kill innocent people.

Descriptions of physical characteristics vary as well, ranging from 3-foot dwarfs to 12-foot behemoths. However, these differences were eventually reconciled into a cohesive Bigfoot image.

Since then, enterprising pranksters have added fuel to the fire by creating Bigfoot hoaxes for fame, publicity, money, or just for kicks. Hundreds of Bigfoot sightings, photographs, videos, hair samples, blood samples, bones, footprints, bodies, and even abduction stories have later been revealed to be hoaxes.

Of course, it’s unlikely that hoaxes explain all of the thousands of Bigfoot sightings. In fact, most Bigfoot sightings are just misidentifications of other animals. One study published in the “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” performed genetic analysis on dozens of hair samples purported to be from Bigfoot, Yeti, or other strange apes. The researchers found that every sample was a 100% match for known animals such as cows, horses, or bears.

In a study published in the “Journal of Biogeography,” researchers used ecological niche modeling (ENM) to create a map of predicted Bigfoot distribution on the West Coast of North America. The figure below shows that map alongside a map of the distribution of the American black bear.

Needless to say, the two maps match almost perfectly. It is not uncommon for bears to stand or even walk on their two hind legs to get a better view and smell of their surroundings. When they do this, many people have pointed out that they look a lot like a large, hairy ape – a perfect match for Bigfoot.

In an elaborate and detailed analysis of bear / Bigfoot similarities, “Skeptical Inquirer” magazine writer Joe Nickell wrote, “Again and again come eyewitness reports of Bigfoot that sound like misreports of bears.” Nickell thoroughly explains how the anatomy, coloration, footprints, behavior, and distribution of bears all closely match descriptions of Bigfoot sightings. He concludes that “[M]any of the best non-hoax [Bigfoot] encounters can be explained as misperceptions of bears.”

Finally, common sense is enough to show that Bigfoot isn’t real. To account for the vast number of Bigfoot sightings, there would need to be tens of thousands of these creatures. Yet somehow, not a single one has died and left its body or bones to be found by the public. The utter lack of conclusive fossils, bones, carcasses, hair, feces, blood, or other evidence is suspicious to say the least. Bigfoot believers, it’s time to own up to a simple truth: in all probability, the mythical creature known as Bigfoot doesn’t exist.

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