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Media Article # 51
Article submitted by Richard Noll
Saturday, January 13, 2001
Bigfoot Q & A
By Staff Herald Staff Writers
Here are some questions frequently asked of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization about Bigfoot, with answers provided by the BFRO.
Q.: Why aren't more Bigfoot tracks seen?
A.: Because Bigfoots are thought to be intelligent species and they know they are being sought, so they know not to leave tracks. The only ones found are those left by mistake.
Q.: How many Bigfoots are there?
A.: No one knows for sure, but those who study Bigfoots say the ratio is about one per 1,000 bears. In Washington State, that would mean there are about 30 Bigfoots in the state. It is thought that they are in the Cascades, in Eastern Washington and in the Olympics.
Q.: Are Bigfoot and Sasquatch the same?
A.: Yes, Sasquatch is the Indian name often used in Canada for the large primate, whereas Bigfoot is commonly used in the United States.
Q.: Why aren't there ever bodies or remains of Bigfoots found?
A.: Many Bigfoot experts believe that Bigfoots eat the remains of the dead to hide the evidence that they are out there. The bones that are sometimes left behind are found, but not identified as belonging to Bigfoot, and are thought to be of other animals.
Q.: How many sightings are there every year?
A.: Hundreds are recorded throughout the world, including hot climates like Australia. There have been 3,500 recorded sightings since the early 1960s. But only about 5 percent are proven by experts to be credible.
Q.: Why aren't there more photographs of Bigfoot?
A.: Sasquatches are elusive. Almost any other terrestrial animal is easier to photograph because there are more of them and they are in predictable locations. Sasquatches are nomadic, nocturnal and extremely wary of humans. Their food requirements and social structures may force them to migrate from place to place on a frequent and unpredictable pattern. Nocturnal habits create substantial lighting problems for photographers. Requirements of night-vision equipment are too expensive for most photographers.
Sasquatches also are not like deer, which freeze when light hits them. Rather, they retreat quickly into the brush.
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