Called Bigfoot, the Yeti, or the Abominable Snowman, wildmen sightings date back thousands of years. Though the term “Bigfoot” wasn’t coined until 1958, wildmen have existed much longer than that in literature. Both Native American folklore and myths from the Himalayas have references to wildmen. Written on clay tablets around 4,000 years ago, The Epic of Gilgamesh, includes descriptions of a wildman. In 500 BC, the Greek historian, Herodotus spoke of Hairy Monsters in Libya. Greek and Roman mythology includes descriptions of half man half beast animals called Satyrs. Even in medieval Europe, there were stories of hairy creatures with both human and animal traits.
What It Looks Like
Wildmen have been spotted on every continent except Antarctica and reports have been fairly consistent throughout the world. The creature is described as being between six and twelve feet tall and resembles an ape. Unlike an ape, it is seen walking upright on two legs. No species of ape has ever been able to walk upright. It has a hairless face, as well as having no hair on the bottoms of its feet or the palms of its hands. It has huge feet with three to five toes on each foot. Brown or oranges-brown short hair is common with occasional reports of white-grey or silver. Eyes are usually red and glow. A nauseating stench is usually reported.
How It Acts
Generally, reports of Bigfoot claim that the beast is spotted alone, but there are occasional stories of several creatures together. Usually, the wildman observes humans from a distance and will bolt if approached. There have never been claims of humans being injured, but there have been reports of the animal growling, snarling, and throwing debris at people.
Besides footprints and sightings, there have been other evidence found of wildmen. In Washington State, several tufts of hair were found and analyzed by forensic scientists. They did not match any known primate. Unknown hair samples have also been collected in the Himalayas.
In Washington State, it is illegal to hunt the Sasquatch with guns, but the small Asian country of Bhutan, goes a step further in creating the Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the eastern part of the country, it is 650 square kilometers.
Whether or not there is some unknown primate hiding in the deepest forests and most remote places in the world remains to be seen, but the wildman and all its various aliases, has captured people’s imaginations worldwide.