Ever wonder why you’ve never seen a Bigfoot skull mounted above someone’s mantle, or an article bashing the owner of Jimmy John’s for shooting an endangered Sasquatch? It’s because people have been searching for the legendary elusive creature for generations, yet irrefutable evidence has evaded us. One man thinks he may have the answer.
Jeff Muldrum, an anatomy and anthropology professor at Idaho State University, believes that a population of 60-100 Sasquatch may exist in the Pacific Northwest, alluding investigators and the general public alike. He has, under research of other primate species, surmised that the alleged species has an approximate lifespan of 50-60 years, lives within a 1,000-mile radius, and prefers living in areas of at least 16-18 inches of annual rainfall.
Like many Sasquatch researchers and a few scientists, Meldrum believes that there is enough forensic evidence to suggest that these theories could be realistic. Even Jane Goodall, the great gorilla queen, gave an endorsement to his book, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. Skeptics of the existence of the bipedal ape-like creature praise Meldrum’s approach, despite his insistent belief in the legendary creature. But only because he presents his information in anthropological jargon.
In regards to the lack of discovered remnants, he alleges that the reason that no skeletal remains of Sasquatch, Yeti, Yowie, Orang Pendek, or the 50 other names the hairy wild men creatures are called, have not been recovered is because they “secrete” themselves into the soil when they die. The estimated 6-8 feet tall, omnivorous creatures theoretically stand at the top of their food chain and would most likely die of natural causes. Whatever remains after carnivorous forest dwellers feast on their corpses, would just drip into the already damp soil until no trace was left.
While the professor has a few good points, it’s all speculative, and slightly ludicrous, to think that we can come to a realistic blueprint about a so-far elusive, perhaps mythical, creature lurking in the woods based on the behavior of a very-well known primate and a few partial print casts. While DNA testing has been done within the past few years, the most amazing information we’ve gleaned from this has been a new species of bear in the Himalayas. It all seems too convenient on the believers spectrum that every Sasquatch bone over the course of history would self-destruct within 30-seconds.
At this point in time, without significant DNA evidence, bears, humans, hoaxers, and other mundane objects/animals will continue to serve as likely explanations to Bigfoot sightings. At least Meldrum is leaving the Bigfoot cat-calling to the reality television stars.