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The Frederick News- Post
Frederick, MD., Thursday February 19, 1987
Tom Tiede
Bigfoot’s legend
Seattle – The legend is supposed to have been started by the American aboriginals. The Indians of the Pacific Northwest are said to have told of the existence of a strange, hairy and monstrous creature who roamed the wilderness – on two legs – before the political creation of the republic.
The Indians said the creature was half man and half animal. It left great tracks in the snow, though it traveled with the speed and stealth of the wind. The Indians called the monster “Sasquatch,” meaning a large person; they also referred to it more informally and more enduringly as “Bigfoot.”
Naturally the legend has had its critics. Bigfoot is still being reported in this part of the country, but the scientific establishment says it’s absurd. Scientists say the creature has always been a myth, and those who think otherwise are either misinformed or up to no good.
Yet there is one academic who has kept his own counsel in the regard. A scientist named Grover Krantz says Bigfoot really does live. Krantz is a physical anthropologist at Washington State University, and he has been conducting an active search for the Sasquatch for nearly 20 years.
Krantz says his colleagues think he’s loony. And he occasionally wonders himself about the merits of the pursuit. But he notes that there have been reports of Bigfoot sightings for at least 500 years, almost 2,000 have been recorded in this century alone, and it’s difficult to ignore the numbers.
Krantz says he was initially impressed by the numbers in the late 1960’s. He had been a casual observer of the Sasquatch debate until then, and he was drawn in further by the weight of eye-witness reports. Most of the reports were obviously fake, he remembers, but some of them had substance.
The ones with substance were accompanied by photographs. And that’s when Krantz was swayed completely. He says he saw pictures of footprints that were taken by a respected Canadian researcher, and they showed conclusively that there was more than mere imagination to the legend of Bigfoot.
Now Krantz is one of 200 to 300 people who are actively searching for Sasquatch in North America. And there are others cooperating in Europe and Asia. Bigfoot has been reported in China and in the Soviet Union, and there have been repeated sightings in each of the United States.
The sightings have been remarkably similar. Krantz says the Bigfoot in Florida looks much the same as the one in British Columbia. He has concluded from the evidence that the creature can weigh as much as 800 pounds, twice the size of a large gorilla, and may have a shoe size of, gulp, 30 to 34.
Krantz says the evidence includes civilian accounts, some fuzzy photographs and a few motion-picture reels. He says thousands of footprints have been preserved on film and in plaster casts, and there are also collections of books, white paper reports, droppings and alleged blood samples.
Alas, there are no physical parts. And here is where the skeptics roar. The critics say that if the creature were real, if it were living and dying over far-flung areas of the globe, it would leave remains of its being. There would be skeletons to find, or hides, or perhaps a shelter now and then.
Instead there has been nothing. For 500 years, not a material trace. And skeptics say the facts speak for themselves. Scientists say Krantz and the other researchers may be well meaning, or some of them may simply be frauds; in any event they are merely petuating an impossible fantasy.
Yet the true believers are holding fast. And Krantz maintains that the critics are themselves deluded. He says the scientific establishment scoffed at the reports of the Giant Panda until one was captured, and the existence of the gorilla was dismissed as late as the 17th century.
As for the absolute lack of Sasquatch bones, Krantz thinks the creatures are as seclusive in death as they are in life. He says they are probably like the great bears of this nation or the elephants of Africa, who steal off to die where they won’t be found, disturbed or desecrated.
Well, that explanation is a bit light. But Krantz says it will have to do. He says he doesn’t know all of the answers, that’s the reason he’s engaged in the study. He says he works on Bigfoot on his own time, using his own money, and he feels he is making satisfactory progress.
He has recently come across some hair, for instance, that may be the first of the physical proof. He says the hair is not fully human, nor fully animal, and is therefore “intriguing.” He won’t say it’s definitely from Bigfoot, but he won’t say it’s definitely not, and maybe he’s not so loony after all.
Whatever the realities are concerning the Sasquatch monster, they parallel another legendary creature long reported in the Himalaya Mountains of Tibet. The monster there is also said to be part human and part ape, of substantial size, and it is variously known as the “yeti,” or the abominable snowman.
The snowman has a more despicable reputation than Sasquatch. It is believed to kill and eat people. But its tracks do not lend credence to that vicious description; scientists believe the monster’s footprints are merely those of ordinary animal, melted together into abominable shapes.


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