A cryptid ape- or hominid-like creature that reputedly lives in dense forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America is commonly known as Bigfoot. Those who have seen a glimpse of it described it as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. Most scientists say that no such thing exists and consider writing it off as a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoax, rather than a living animal, because of the lack of physical evidence and the large numbers of creatures that would be necessary to maintain a breeding population. Scientists have also focused research on the creature for very many years. Bigfoot is described in reports as a large hairy ape-like creature, in a range of 2–3 m (6.6-9.8 ft) tall, weighing more than 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair.
People who claim to have seen it describe it as having large eyes, a prominent brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and bearing a crest, like the sagittal crest of the male gorilla. Bigfoot is commonly reported to have a strong, unpleasant smell by those who claim to have seen it at close quarters. The enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (60 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide. While most casts have five toes — like all known apes — some casts of alleged Bigfoot tracks have had numbers ranging from two to six. Some have also contained claw marks, making it likely that a portion came from known animals such as bears, which have five toes and claws.
Supporters claim that Bigfoot has a varied diet and is mainly a night creature. Wild men stories are found among the native people of the Pacific Northwest. The legends existed before there was a single name for the creature. People had different details both regionally and between families in the same community. Similar stories of wild men are found on every continent except Antarctica. Some ecologists argue that most cultures have human-like giants in their folk history because people have this need for some larger-than-life creatures. The stories are similar to each other in the general descriptions of Ts’emekwes, but details about the creature’s diet and activities differed between family stories.
Some regional versions tell about more reprehensible creatures. Some scientists reported stories by the native people about skoocooms: a race of cannibalistic wild men living on the peak ofMount St. Helens who were regarded as supernatural, rather than natural. Less menacing versions also Walker existed and in 1840a Protestant missionary, recorded stories of giants among the Native Americans living in Spokane, Washington. The Indians claimed that these giants lived on and around the peaks of nearby mountains and stole salmon from the fishermen’s nets.