I recently trekked up north to Bigfoot Country. This prompted Genie Scott to request that if I should encounter Bigfoot, "Get an interview for my talk!"
I traveled the Bigfoot Highway, visited Bluff Creek where the infamous Patterson-Gimlin footage was filmed, and stopped by the Willow Creek - China Flat Museum, a center dedicated to local history, and Bigfoot lore.
Unfortunately for Genie's talk, and cryptozoologist's worldwide, I encountered some fascinating anecdotal evidence, but I didn't encounter any historical evidence, or Bigfoot...
California claims more Bigfoot sightings than anywhere else in the world. (Other cultures have different variants, such as the Yowie of my native Australia.) But does Bigfoot call the San Francisco Bay Area "home"?
Like the USGS earthquake map, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) have a Bigfoot map that pinpoints sightings reported throughout the country. According to this database, Bigfoot (Bigfeet?) favor the north and north-east Californian counties of Humboldt, Shasta, El Dorado and Del Norte, and the Santa Cruz mountains down south.
Bigfoot has allegedly been sighted in the Bay Area, albeit rarely.
I'm sure you recall the recent hoax where two men claimed to find Bigfoot in Georgia, and hosted a press conference in the Bay Area's Palo Alto. Curiously, they forgot to bring along the corpse. Luckily, because it was revealed upon examination that the frozen Bigfoot 'carcass' was really an early Halloween costume.
So, where is Bigfoot in the Bay Area? The BFRO map claims that Bigfoot was sighted once in Pleasanton, Alameda County, back in 1963. In 2000, one report claims to have heard Bigfoot "screams" near Mt. Diablo in Walnut Creek, Contra Coast County. Between 1980 and 2002, Bigfoot has supposedly been heard and seen in various towns throughout Sonoma County. And in 1989 Bigfoot swapped redwoods for vineyards when he was reportedly sighted in the Napa Valley hills.
However, Bigfoot hasn't been spotted in the counties of San Mateo, Solano or Santa Clara (BF needs trees, not just mountains). Sadly, Bigfoot never left his hairy heart in San Francisco. And Marin County is simply too expensive for him. What a shame, Bigfoot would love the dense forests and abundant tasty prey found throughout Muir Woods and Point Reyes!
Despite these reports, and many others, the only Bigfoot 'proof' we have are sightings, smells, supposed tracks and second-hand stories of the same. After all of these years, there are no bones, and no bodies (that aren't of the costume kind).
But this doesn't stop anyone from continuing the hunt for Bigfoot...
Don't forget to attend Genie's upcoming Bigfoot talk for Ask a Scientist in collaboration with the Bay Area Skeptics.