Following is an excerpt from this week’s column on AL.com. The link at the bottom takes you to the full column.
At least once every couple of months, I update you guys on what’s going on in the world of Bigfoot. Why? Because it tickles me. And also so you will be up-to-date on the topic for your next dinner party.
This week, I not only have some reports from the interwebs, but some personal accounts from readers, as well. Y’all know I get some weird emails, right?
But first let’s address a report about yetis, which are really just white Sasqui.
(A quick reminder of my plural guide: Bigfoot and Sasquatch = Sasqui; Yeti= Yeti.)
Yeti are the winterized versions of the big critters, who live in snowy, mountainous regions. They are sometimes referred to as Abominable Snowmen, and sometimes as Not Really Real At All.
Yeti believers got quite a blow recently when a scientist examined an array of bones collected in the Himalayans over the years that were purported to be from Yeti. Biologist Charlotte Lindqvist, asked by a company that produced episodes for the show “Yeti or Not,” did DNA testing and found the nine bones were from … wait for it … bears. Well, all except a large tooth that came from a dog. Click here to read the full column on AL.com. You won’t regret it.
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I’m not sure if I believe that Bigfoot really exists, but known wild animals are getting more prevalent in my area than they used to be. Partly this is due to destruction of habitats. A golf course took over some abandoned, wooded land near us a few years back, now we have trouble with groundhogs, skunks, rats, possums, raccoons, that we never used to have before when we first moved here. I had to fence in my garden to protect it from groundhogs, and put out traps. As far as larger animals are concerned, a lot of it is due to misguided conservation efforts, like re-introducing large animals like bears and mountain lions into semi-rural areas.There are plenty of prey animals available, like deer and turkeys (their numbers have greatly increased in recent years too.) So these large predators can survive quite well.
A family in North Attleboro, MA (next state over, 20 minutes away) had a black bear try to eat their backyard bird feeder. We never had bears around here before. My husband saw a mountain lion run across the road not far from his truck, on a rural road in MA. A co-worker of his also saw one, in a different area. There have been sightings in RI too. If you report these sightings to the authorities, they will say that such animals don’t exist in this region. So if people are seeing strange animals that look like Bigfoot in your neck of the woods, I won’t be surprised if the authorities deny that these animals exist. There’s no way to be sure they exist unless someone catches one, preferably alive, but that hasn’t happened yet. It’s not easy to catch a mountain lion or a bear either. If these animals do exist, and are apelike, they might be intelligent enough to be very good at hiding from humans. Scientists say that we haven’t yet discovered all the species of living things that exist on Earth, so who knows what is out there?
I’m the same way: If I see one, I’m sure I’ll believe. Lol. We don’t get bears around here, thankfully. That would worry me.