The presumed North American primate commonly referred to as Bigfoot, Sasquatch or Skunk Ape is believed by some to be a surviving relative of the prehistoric ape Gigantopithecus blacki. Fossil remains suggest that this ape was 10 feet tall and weighed 1,200 pounds, lending credence to reports of it’s cousin’s similarly immense size.
Because of the apparent small population and extremely shy nature of Bigfoot, the most frequently encountered evidence of its presence are the very large footprints from which it gets it’s nickname. Consequently, a great deal of effort has been put into studying these tracks, including a recent paper by Dr. Jeff Medrum. UPDATE: Based upon our 5 year research, there is no reason to assume that the prints collected by Dr. Meldrum are associated with an unclassified hominin. There is every reason to suspect that just like our research has shown, prints can and are being hoaxed on a regular basis. The prints collected to date by Dr. Meldrum and others, in the absence of any other valid documentation, are not scientific evidence supporting a potential new bipedal ape-like creature.
Little, actually nothing, has been scientifically validated on the behavior of bigfoot, let alone its’ actual existence. However, based upon personal observations of numerous tracks, trackways and signs including one visual daylight observation, obvious attributes include extreme agility and stealth, strength/stamina, appear to be its most obvious attributes contributing to the success of the species and to its ongoing evasion of classification. UPDATE: Upon analysis of data collected over a 3 month period in 2006, the entire episode has been determined to be hoaxed.
Florida’s diverse and lush subtropical to temperate wetland ecosystems bordered by pine, cypress and hardwood forests provide vast areas of refuge for large animals of high intelligence and elusive natures that might allow them to remain unclassified by modern science.
Based upon personal observation of several hundred tracks and trackways, in addition to the reports posted on the reports page of this website, we have speculated that the habitat or travel corridors relates to rivers, streams and perhaps artificial waterways and the adjacent forested lands, primarily cypress/bay swamps and mesic pine flatwoods. In addition, open corridors with protected edges that bisect large tracts of forested wetlands, such as utility easements, may provide protected travel corridors linking nursery, foraging or migratory routes into and out of a region. UPDATE: this speculation is no longer considered valid as no evidence has been collected that would lead to considering the plausibility.