So, when you see a TV Promotional Ad Touting a NEW "BIGFOOT" HUNTING SERIES, what should you expect to see by turning in?
If you cut out the Hyperbole, not much of any Real Value.
Nearly All of the Current information Regarding Bigfoot, or any of the Numerous Variations found around the World, Falls into Three Categories:
A) Legends and Stories passed down by Native and Indigenous Peoples, regarding Creatures that are part of Their Religious and Cultural Mythology.
B) Anecdotal Stories told by those who claim to have Encountered Such Beings in the Wild.
C) "EVIDENCE" such as Footprints, Hair Samples, Scat, etc.
Unfortunately, None of this Results in an Actual Living/Breathing Member of the Animal Kingdom. Legendary and Mythological Entities are a Part of the Cultural Identities of Societies Throughout the World. The Reality of Such Stories, and the Existence of the Creatures that are Described Within the Bodies of the Tales, are of Secondary Importance to the Message and Lesson Imparted to the Listener.
Personal Observations, without any Corroborating Evidence to Support Such Reports, are of Little Value to the Sciences of Biology and Zoology. To Many Factors play into how we Observe, Comprehend, or Understand the World Around us. Preconceived Notions,Individual Expectations, and Personal Biases can cause us to Misinterpret something Occurring right before our eyes.
"Hard Evidence" such as Plaster Casts of Footprints, Skin/Hair Samples, and Fecal Material Must be HANDLED, DOCUMENTED, STORED, TESTED AND EVALUATED COMPETENTLY, OR THEY ARE VIRTUALLY WORTHLESS IN ESTABLISHING THE EXISTENCE OF A NEW CLASS OF LIVING BEINGS.
In case your wondering, I haven't included any Videos or Photos in the Hard Evidence Category, quite simply because from what I have been able to Find through Research is Minimal, and Seriously Lacking in Credibility. (THIS INCLUDES THE PATTERSON- GIMLIN FILM, WHICH DOES NOT STAND UP TO CRITICAL ANALYSIS. IT IS A CASE OF WISHFUL THINKING OVER REALITY.)
Anyone making Claims about the Existence of a Creature with Specific Physical and Behavioral Characteristics that make it a new and previously Unclassified Life Form, must do more then make Unsubstantiated Assertions in front of a Camera.
However, just what are people talking about when they describe encountering a BIGFOOT, and does this give us a window into the Nature of Such Encounters?
LOOK FOR BIGFOOT SECTION 3.