In trying to make sense of an array of hundreds of alleged Bigfoot sightings, castings, and other evidence, I spoke with Loren Coleman, an internationally known anthropologist and Bigfoot expert from
I began with, “Here in
Loren: There are several factors at work. Traditionally, most of the lore we get from
Joe: I think most any animal living here in
the road, dead. Yet as far as I know, no Bigfoot body has ever been found there or anywhere else. What do you make of that?
Loren: Wildlife officers and hunters also tell me that they never find the body of a mountain lion or bear dead in the woods. Why do we find roadkill? Because those animals are not very bright. Yes, deer, moose, raccoons, and a few bear get killed on the roads, but if there are a few intelligent biped hairy hominoids out there, they appear to be too smart to be killed by a run-in with a car.
Joe: There seems to be enough evidence of Bigfoot's reality to convince a jury, but not a scientist. What's the problem?
Loren: Verification for zoology and biology must come with a live capture, and DNA/blood samples -- or a dead body. It's that simple. No body, not proof they exist. I understand that, but, of course, am in the "live capture" camp, as far as proving they exist.
JOE: Do you think Bigfoot has a home, or he/she/it more likely to be a nomad, in constant migration?
LOREN: It seems from the data, in
JOE: Would you care to predict the future? What do you suppose will be the final outcome? Will Bigfoot join Mountain Gorillas in the biology books? Or is it more likely to remain in the realm of folklore and cryptozoology?
LOREN: I sense that a new great ape, probably discovered in
More to come. . .