Sasquatch Realizations

by Blake Mathys

After spending some time in (and now somewhat out of) the Bigfoot field, I have some comments and thoughts I would like to share. It isn't the easiest explanation to have a large bipedal "ape" running around the U.S. and Canada. Hallucination, self-delusion, fabrication and manipulation should be the default explanations: we know that these traits exist in humans. It is easiest to fall back on them. Nothing new or unknown has to be introduced. Just different combinations of familiar human traits. Easy and quite correct, scientifically. Case closed.

Not quite. Talk to William Dranginis, tell him that he deluded himself or was hallucinating. Tell him it was a man in a suit. The easy and simple answer doesn't fit here. Something is leaving footprints, and William Dranginis saw one of them in 1995. I've heard his story and I've been out in the woods with him; he saw something that isn't in the Peterson Field Guide to North American Mammals. As I've drifted farther from Sasquatch research, I have this occasional urge to believe that I was gullible, that I wanted to believe, and that is what made Bigfoot seem so real. As I look back, I see that I did want to believe, and I was perhaps (and probably still am) gullible. However, people like Dranginis and Patrick Poling (he saw a Bigfoot less than a mile from where I grew up) remind me that my gullibility can't taint the credibility and veracity of some witnesses and the reliability of some of the evidence. Bigfoot research is plagued by those who believe, regardless of the source or feasibility or evidence. They are sometimes high-profile and noticeable, and they make the more careful and cautious researchers look silly or gullible, like we all see Bigfoot in every cloud and tree. That doesn't matter, fortunately. What matters is whether a tall hairy biped is really walking around in the woods of North America. When you want to answer that question, ask William Dranginis or Patrick Poling or Todd Neiss. The result will be clear and the silliness that sometimes enshrouds Sasquatch research will disappear.... we're looking for a large hairy biped in North America because sane and reliable people are seeing large hairy bipeds in North America. Are all sightings reliable and accurate? No. Are some? Absolutely.

October 14, 2003