Tuesday, March 19, 2013

High Number of Utah Bigfoot Sightings

By Lynn Arave

There seems to be an extra high interest of Bigfoot in Utah -- the Beehive State -- than many places in the U.S.
Utah may be the second-driest state in the nation, but its reported Bigfoot sightings usually rank in the top 25 or less.
(Check out the sightings list on another post of this blog ....)
You may not believe in Bigfoot yourself, but there have been just too many sightings over time to dismiss them to drinking, bad eyes, stunts, hoaxes, or poor judgment.
Something unknown is out there and it is still unexplained. You may think that only the areas of northern California, Oregon and Washington have regular Bigfoot sightings, but whatever it is tromps through Utah, at least periodically, with Weber and Davis counties as the traditional hot spots.
Since the Wasatch Mountains, one of Utah’s most prominent ranges, traverses the two counties, hence the term coined here – “Sasq-Wasatch.”
One serious shortcoming with any Bigfoot sightings is that most of the media doesn’t take ANY of them seriously. To most reporters, Bigfoot is simply a joke.
That is, in fact, the big problem with Bigfoot sightings – probably only the tip of iceberg of sightings are ever reported, because of a fear of ridicule.
"Bigfoot," the term at least, has been around since October of 1958, when the Associated Press ran a story out of Eureka, California, that is believed to be the first official usage of the term.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, founded in 1995, has given the quest for evidence even greater hope and has its own Web site (www.bfro.net). The group lists some Utah sightings on its lists, but most never rate the BFRO data base.
(A big drawback with Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization is that their Web site only contains a fraction of the sightings out there. The BFRO is simply too picky on what they report -- you have to be cautious to avoid the hoax sightings -- but not to the extreme of this group.)
Those who claim to have encountered a bigfoot usually follow certain criteria – they feel a powerful presence before seeing anything, smell the worst odor known and may also experience bone-chilling fear. Animals too may be anxious and shun away from anything to do with Bigfoot.
Some may only find huge, naked footprints of a possible Bigfoot, others only smell the putrid odor, or others just hear some strange noises.
From the first media reported sightings of the elusive creature in the High Uintas in 1977, to South Weber’s multiple reports in 1980 and beyond, Bigfoot has visited Utah.
-Important Non-Utah Information:
The No. 1 all-time Bigfoot sighting: Patterson-Gimlin in 1967
On Oct. 20, 1967, two men, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin, made a short – just less than 60-second -- video of an unidentified creature they claimed was the legendary Bigfoot.  This is probably the most talked about and argued Sasquatch encounter in U.S. history.
The footage was shot on a 16mm Kodak hand-held movie camera, in a remote canyon of the Bluff Creek, in Del Norte County, California. The two men, who lived in Yakima, Wash., at the time, had been trying to capture a Bigfoot on film. They were searching in the Bluff Creek area, because tracks had been found in the same area near logging roads, built into this remote northern California region.
They filmed what appeared to be a female Bigfoot from as close as 25 feet away. Critics over the years have debunked it as a person in a gorilla suit, since the filming of the first “Planet of the Apes” movie was well underway by then. However, others have noted a stride and arm swing that they believe humans could not possibly duplicate. No zippers or other direct evidence of a “costume” could be spotted in a scrutiny of the film.
Because of poor film quality, there may never be a way to conclude authentically either way, but the footage has been a pivotal catalyst on the subject either way, even more than four decades later.
Some erroneously believe Patterson, who died of cancer in 1972, fessed up before his death that it was a hoax. However, he in fact maintained the encounter was real to the end. Gimlin also argued the same.
“The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story,” by Greg Long in 2004, is a book that centered on the Patterson footage being a hoax. This book is apparently skewed to that end and some book reviews, like one from John Green on www.bigfootencounters.com/reviews/long.htm make that bias clear.
Other questions have arisen too, about Patterson locating the creature so early on in his search; on finding the creature in a daylight and perfect weather setting too. Most Bigfoot sightings occur at night.
Also, you’ve got to wonder why the two men would use a female Bigfoot, creating more work for them in the hoax process.
There are certainly Bigfoot hoaxes out there, but a fake or not, the Patterson film has raised awareness of Bigfoot, pro or and con.
You can also view a copy of the footage of YouTube, if you want to see for yourself at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOxuRIfFs0w
Sources: Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization report No. 1563 on www.bfro.net; Deseret News Archives; paranormal.about.com www.monstrous.com; Wikipedia.org; and other Internet sites.
The 1958 newspaper story that coined the term “Bigfoot”:
During October of 1958, the Associated Press ran a story out of Eureka, California, that is believed to be the first official usage of the term “Bigfoot.”
Jerry Crew, who bulldozed logging roads for a living in the Eureka area, make a plaster cast of prints that looked human, but were 16 inches long. The prints were also two inch impressions in dirt that he said no human could have penetrated the dirt more than ½ inch.
He said he’d found hundreds of similar prints during the past few weeks and though he and has men have never seen the creature, they feel many times as if they are being watched.
“Every morning we find his footprints in the fresh earth we’ve moved the day before,” Crew said.
“Bigfoot, as the Bluff Creek people call the creature, apparently travels only at night,” is that first-ever Bigfoot reference.
The same article also mentioned full 50-gallon drums of gasoline that were mysteriously scattered about by some unknown force at a logging camp two years earlier in the same area.
(Note: That this is the same general area where Patterson made his Bigfoot film, some nine years later.)

-References: The Province Newspaper, out of Vancouver, B.C., which published the A.P. article on Oct. 6, 1958; The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, www.bfro.net

1 comment:

  1. I have recently taken three photos of strange squatchy footprints in Utah in June 2013 this year.