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FOOT PRINT COMPARISONS
In order to put the Bigfoot of the Pacific Northwest in prospective, let’s take a look at all the major Bigfoot/Sasquatch footprint casts and tracings that have been made since 1941, in chronological order. These will also appear in Recasting Bigfoot.
Despite decades of interest in the reality of Sasquatch, there has never been any systematic analysis (or even compilation) of footprints. This has allowed “Bigfoot” to masquerade as Sasquatch for decades. Because of this the real Sasquatch has been dangerously obscured. To read most “enthusiast” driven articles on Bigfoot/Sasquatch is to be ingrained with a perspective that is dangerously one-sided and skewed toward accepting almost every report and claim made, no matter how contradictory. It is time to start weeding out truth from falsehood so that discussions on this subject can finally advance.
There is no better way than a chronological analysis of the data and the case sightings to see what picture they paint, and then see what simply does not fit in the picture anymore.
1941, Ruby Creek, BC, Canada. “Ruby Creek Print” survives in a tracing done by deputy sheriff Joe Dunn. The first ever recorded of a “Sasquatch” foot. It was 16 inches long. Noted for a thin heel. This characteristic was associated with the hairy “Wild man of the woods” as early as 1818 in New York State, when the Exeter Watchman filed a report on September 22 of a sighting, in which the witness described a hairy, manlike creature with “heel of the foot narrow, spreading at the toes.”
The Shipton Print, taken from a photo by Eric Shipton on the Menlung La, Nepal, in 1951. 12 inches by 6 inches. It is considered to be the “Yeti” footprint, a hairy manlike creature said to inhabit areas of Tibet and Nepal. The print at left, however, was the first time that the world had ever seen anything that looked like proof of the notorious “abominable snowman.”
One other Eurasian print bears mention. It is the McNeely 1972 Print. There is said to live a manlike creature in parts of Russia, Mongolia, and the Pamirs that is below the average human height, has a very thick jaw and human-like teeth. It is called the Almas by the Mongolians and the Almista by the Russians. Russian zoologist Vasili Khakhlov investigated them in the early 20th century. He put together a description that included a wide paw-like foot with the large toe shorter and offset from the others. This seems a fairly apt description of the McNeely Print of 1972. The Almas is the only ”Hominid” that is portrayed in ancient Tibetan medical books.
It is with the advent of “Bigfoot” in California that an entirely new footprint came about, never before reported: The Crew Print, merely an enlarged human flat foot 16 inches long. No one knew what to make of it until a Canadian newsman, John Green, interested in Sasquatch, came to California and identified it with “Sasquatch,” though the footprints are not alike.
Another footprint found at the same time is the famous “Hourglass Print.” 15 inches long. It became so dominant at Bluff Creek, California, that it became the foot of “Bigfoot” on local advertisements, banners, signs, a lumber company’s logo, and on the painted car doors of Bigfoot research organizations. This print is what inspired Bigfootery to regard Bluff Creek as a center of Sasquatch country. These type of prints dominated Bluff Creek for 10 years, 1958-1968.
In 2002, however, the family of the hoaxer, Ray Wallace, confessed that their father had a friend make two pairs of these feet. His nephew, Dale Lee Wallace, showed them to the world. Thus ended Bigfoot at Bluff Creek.
But within the years between 1967 and 2002 Bigfoot at Bluff Creek was the pervading notion. And these footprints of Ray Wallace were very influential in inspiring other prints that would turn up. The first and most famous are those in October 1967, supposedly left by Roger Patterson’s Bigfoot in his famous 39 second film. The left foot is always smaller, and it’s toe line a complete copy from Ray Wallace’s foot, as found in dozens of casts of the Hourglass Print that had already existed. Nine days after Patterson shot his film and cast these prints, Bob Titmus cast 10 others left by the “Bigfoot” on Patterson’s film. BELOW, three examples of them;
Hyampom, near Bluff Creek, 1963; 17 inches.
Due to the popularity of Patterson’s film, Bigfoot became the craze of the 1970s. Hundreds of footprints were being found all over the United States and Canada. Aside from the “Hourglass” at Bluff Creek, the earliest was in 1969 at Bossburg, Washington State. The print became famous for showing a “crippled” Sasquatch right foot. This is now dubbed the “Cripplefoot Print.” The uncrippled left foot, however, reveals it to be those of a 16-17 inch flat enlarged human foot, totally different than Bluff Creek but still of the general enlarged human foot variety.
A slough of footprints turned up over the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s:
The Terrace Print, British Columbia, 1976. John Green considered this the clearest print ever taken in British Columbia. It looks like a bathtub sticker was used for the model.
The charming “Wrinkle Foot” prints of the 1980s.
Tollgate, Oregon, 1986
Above, Blue Creek Mountain Prints found in the early to mid 1980s by Paul Freeman. They are sometimes called Dermal Prints because of the large amount of dermal ridges on them. Paul Freeman even seemed to have anticipated Grover Krantz when he named one of the “Bigfeet” making these tracks “Dermals.” It seems Krantz might have told Freeman beforehand that dermal ridges indicated a real foot. Freeman found over 30 prints, more than anybody else. These made most Bigfooters suspect these prints and Freeman. Hair found at the same sites was proven to be synthetic.
LEFT, the Indiana Print. Grover Krantz regarded this as best evidence for a Sasquatch east of the Rockies. It was merely made and shipped to Krantz in Washington State. The hoaxer, JW Parker, confessed just before Krantz’s book hit the stands: BIG Foot-Prints, 1992. Parker made it with his own skin detail, used a walnut for the big toe and put in scars and toenails. All of this Krantz considered to be beyond hoaxers.
During all this hooplah, a couple of prints turned up which did not get wide publicity. The first and most surprising was the one left, The Manitoba 1973 or The Pas Print. Found by conservational officer R. Utchmann. The toe line was eroded from the weather by the time he found it, but it clearly showed 4 toes. The heel is identical to the Ruby Creek Print. It is 21 inches long. The toes are almost even across, and the heel narrows. Utchmann called it giant “human-like” and notified the Museum of Man. Two scientists investigated it.
The Manitoba 1988 prints found by no less than the Royal Canadian Mountain Police in the boondocks 200 miles north of Winnipeg. They cut them out of the soft earth of a dirt road. The left foot (RIGHT, Above) is the most distorted. But it nevertheless shows only 4 toes. The of the right foot, is best preserved at the heel, showing a narrow heel.
This fits the historical descriptions of a long foot, narrow in the heel, of immense size. In 1902 at Bannick County, Idaho, a giant “human monster” terrorized ice skaters. When the local men went to hunt it they found where it had stood overlooking the frozen lake. The footprints were 22 inches in length and 4-toed. This incident was reported in newspapers as far as Wilkesboro, North Carolina’s Chronicle, on February 5, 1902.
The Neanderthal Foot.
For comparative purposes, at left is the Neanderthal Foot, and BELOW is the Gool Foot of Eurasia. None of them bear any resemblance to Sasquatch or event the myriad of “Bigfoot” prints which began after the popularity of Cine du Yeti in 1958 Bluff Creek.
The Ruby Creek Print does indicate that the Sasquatch does exist. The 4-toed Skoocoom Print also indicates that the Skoocoom also exists. Both are almost completely unknown because their real attributes and appearance have been hidden behind the froth of grandstanders and publicity seekers.
What is terribly bizarre is that amongst those who consider themselves the scientific investigators, Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti are lumped together as the same thing. Has any ever examined the actual data? Crypto-zoology must start anew, with a new dossier, in order to find the real and not the fabulous.
The Peckatoe Journal: as investigated and kept by Gian J. Quasar. Content Copyright TheBermudaTriangle.org and PNE&S