By: Amy Jo Hand

big•foot [big-fut]

n. 1 very large, hairy, humanlike creature that reportedly lives in isolated areas of the northwestern United States and Canada 2 large, hairy humanoid creature said to live in wilderness areas of the United States and Canada

plural: big•feet [fEt] or big•foots usage: often capitalized etymology: from the size of the footprints ascribed to it
[syn: sasquatch, Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas, Mapinguari (the Amazon), Yowie (Australia), Yeti (Asia)]

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Bigfoot is said to be “a primate 6-15 ft in height, walking upright and either moving silently or emitting a high-pitched cry. Supposed footprints, some hoaxes, have measured up to 24 inches in length.” Britannica states that despite many reported sightings, there is still no solid proof that Bigfoot exists. The most famous of those reported sightings is the Patterson Film.

In the late 1960’s Roger Patterson set out to film a documentary about the sightings of Bigfoot, and ended up with one of his own. On October 20, 1967, Patterson and his friend Bob Gimlin, were wandering through Bluff Creek Valley in California with intentions of shooting habitat footage for Patterson’s film. Much more than scenery was captured on the film when they noticed a large, dark-furred, bipedal creature hunched over in the middle of a creek. Patterson estimated the ape-like animal to be seven feet, four inches when it rose to full height. Observing footprints left behind, the two men preserved them in plaster. The tracks measured fourteen inches long and five inches wide.

In the following three and a half decades, the 952 frames of Patterson’s Bigfoot film have been analyzed, scrutinized, investigated and examined inside out. Even after all this time and research, there is still no clear answer as to whether or not the Patterson film, like countless other sightings, features a genuine Bigfoot creature or just a man in a suit.

Bigfoot Field Researcher’s Organization (BFRO) is one of the most well known Bigfoot advocate groups. As indicated by BFRO, there have been just under 2,700 Bigfoot sightings in the United States, most occurring in Washington and California. Seventy-eight of those have been in Colorado, and one in our own back yard of Weld County.

Check out these links for more Bigfoot information, and of course the astonishing photos on this site and decide for yourself: are you a believer?