Frequently Asked Questions about Bigfoot & iBRORG.org
These Frequently Asked Questions address the haters and unbelievers as well as enthusiasts and curious. They are loosely arranged from the strongest arguments against the possibility of a live missing link all the way to the banal and whimsical.
What evidence is there of bigfoot? There is frustratingly little. iBRORG boils “hard” evidence down to 2 major groups: visual and print. Visual evidence is photo/video images of an apelike creature. Print evidence is foot prints and tracks of a hominid of larger than human size. iBRORG does not consider witness testimony evidence but rather tools or clues that could lead to hard evidence and eventually capture or harvest.
Print is the stronger of the two types since fakes are easier to spot, allow for in depth study and there is a far larger data set. Numerous credible sets of bigfoot castings exist.
The best visual evidence is the Patterson video taken in 1967. Since then only grainy, glimpses and partials could be considered vaguely credible. With the advent of better and very affordable cameras, cameras in phones, gps and other technological innovations we are hopeful new visual evidence will surface.
Isn't the extreme rarity of evidence proof that it is all fantasy? It could be. I could also mean that the creatures are rapidly becoming or already are extinct. Even so, remains, remnants or other hard evidence could one day turn up.
Why haven't game cameras been effective? In some cases they have been effective but not conclusive. There have been many possible images too close, too far away, out of focus or just partials. Maybe an intelligent bigfoot is more keenly aware of his environment than bear or deer. Also, game cameras have been reported damaged or “stolen.” As game cameras lower in cost and gain in popularity iBRORG is hopeful this will lead to new and exciting discoveries.
Does iBRORG.org believe Bigfoot exists? We believe in the possibility of a living hominid cryptid. We optimistically place the odds at 20%. However as time passes the odds continue to dwindle. The discovery of gigantopithecus at least proves that there was a giant ape at one time. But until how recently? The human hobbit of Sumatra is thought to have existed as recently as 10,000 years ago.
Why aren't dogs able to corner a bigfoot? We regard this as the most damning question of all since even elusive cougar are routinely treed. The short answer is we don't know. There could be a symbiotic relationship with canines as with bears. (see iBRORG.org Document 103) Bigfoots are far more intelligent than big cats they could have a special technique in dealing with dogs since they have had to cope with wolves for millennia. It would be not great stretch to believe that bigfoot enjoy the same bond that dogs and humans do.
Why haven’t hunters killed a bigfoot by now? Maybe they have in the past. Perhaps Indians have. Recordkeeping was sketchy and photography high tech until recently. No recipes or newspaper photos exists. It seems unlikely that any bigfoot have been taken in the last 70 years or so. If they exist there mere rarity would partly answer this. As to why dogs and high tech gear have not been effective iBRORG has no clear answer.
Does iBRORG think the 1967 Patterson Film is real? Short answer: Kinda. This film is puzzling. At first blush it seems like strikingly authentic, scratchy, shaky glimpse of an oddly striding creature. It has the same feel one gets when viewing the short clip of the last thylacene. There is a sense that you are viewing something very rare. The troubling aspect of the film is its provenance. Patterson was a bigfoot zealot before cryptozoology was cool. He wrote a book about bigfoot and was planning on a movie at the time he shot is now famous clip. He was a sketchy character.
But if a hoax it is incredibly remarkable for its amazing unremarkableness. In 1967 is would be far easier and more believable if he had simply staged a still photograph in poor light that also included something for scale. Instead we have a hasty daylight shot of a female bigfoot with a weird but brisk gait casually retreating. And it was taken it front of a witness out in the boonies. To add to the mystery he went to his grave with the secret – if there was one.
Was Patterson a super genius hoaxer who took his secret to the grave, or was it all true? This gray area is the reason for iBRORG. Your gut says it is real but the lack of evidence creates grave doubts. Patterson might be the boy who cried bigfoot.
Will I be charged with murder if I kill a bigfoot? Is killing a bigfoot legal? While iBRORG is not a legal organization we can state that bigfoots have little if any standing in the eyes of the law. iBRORG takes an aggressive approach and maintains a shoot-on-sight posture regarding any and all bigfoots. Local game laws and firearms ordinances may apply however. (Note: The exception to this is an obscure law on the books in Skamania county, WA with a $1,000 fine and/or 1 year in jail.)
Should I use myself as bait? No. The chances of a positive outcome are remote. Since you are not food to a bigfoot it would be motivated solely from curiosity - a cautious curiosity. It is iBRORG's opinion that this is foolish at best and dangerous at worst. If you are committed to this level of effort please make it as productive as possible. Humans are poor night hunters. (see iBRORG.org Document 103 ) Stick with dawn or dusk hunts where close contact is not required.
Can a bigfoot sense your presence if you continue to stare at it too hard? There is no objective evidence of this ability however anecdotally many game hunters claim that big game get nervous and jittery when stared at too intensely for too long. Just as some people claim to sense a “squatchiness” in the air perhaps some bigfoots can sense a “humanness.”
Where is all the bigfoot roadkill? Several reasons are possible for the noticeable lack of bigfoot pedestrian fatalities: 1) They are very rare. How often do you see dead bear along the road? 2) On remote roads carcasses are scavenged. 3) Slow death – a bigfoot is very large. It would take quite a collision to kill it instantly and it could limp to underbrush then die unnoticed in deep cover. 4) Driver did not survive but creature did. Ultimately though, iBRORG finds this a valid question we cannot fully answer. The excuse postulated that they are too smart and cautious seems not to hold water. Many men and apes have been struck by vehicles. ( Note: There is a callus faction of iBRORG who hope the advent of smaller, quieter cars will result in a largely intact carcass and urges long, frequent drives in the countryside. With appropriate funding it might prove fruitful to have a team of searchers with the job of patrolling back roads in search of squatch carcasses)
Why do you want to kill bigfoot? We don’t. But harvesting at least one animal could lead to saving many others. In today’s litigious climate with animal rights’ groups using legal terrorism to stop legitimate scientific research a live animal would create more problems than it would solve. Right now the credibility of Bigfoot Nation clings to shaky video, grainy photos and ambiguous castings. Simply stated: we need a body. This plain and solid proof they are extant would win the day.
Isn’t it possible to trap a bigfoot? It is possible but not an easy or advisable task on several levels. First, where do you place/set the trap? They tend not to use established game trails like other beasts. Second, let’s dismiss the idea of a lethal trap because anything that will trap a bigfoot will trap a human as well. Nobody wants to find John Q. Hunter hanging ten feet off the ground in a barbed wire snare. The less-than-lethal options for a creature as large as a bigfoot are: a net, a box trap or a pit trap. Concealing a large net and its deployment mechanism from a cautious beast is no small undertaking. A box or cage trap is probably the most practical but they must be baited – and it is not entirely clear what is irresistible to a bigfoot. A pit trap might be an option if an established game trail could be located and you could hide the earthworks required for such a large hole. Third, the fact that no bigfoots have found their way into any bear traps seems to indicate they are more wily than most forest denizens. Success here seems remote. Team iBRORG favors game cameras over traps.
Why can't you just shoot him with a tranquilizer dart? To be effective tranking requires planning and exact data. Bigfoot hunters have neither luxury. It is the opinion of iBRORG that attempts to tranquilize a bigfoot would likely end in failure, an angry animal or dismemberment.
Could you hunt bigfoots like tigers? Hmm, a formal hunt with hundreds of beaters herding quarry to a central machan? Not a bad notion. Team iBRORG believe such a strategy has a fair chance of success. Several things would have to fall in place. You would need a very recent, credible report located near an available labor pool willing to volunteer or work cheaply and be able to organize all this quickly. In principle this idea has merit but would be difficult, at best, to pull off.
Why is it so difficult to track a creature with such large feet for crying out loud? Several reasons. The forests favored by bigfoots are dense and full of debris. Leaves, pine needles, moss, rocks, etc. litter the forest floors making clear tracks very much the exception rather than the rule. If bigfoots inhabited mud flats there would be a squatch skin in front of everyone’s fire place. Also, it seems counter-intuitive but it is precisely because they are so big that they are difficult to track. Big game hunters tracking elephant in thick bush would occasionally walk right into them because they could not recognize what they were seeing. Their size is difficult to process and you seldom see the whole picture. Most people especially hunters readily recognize common prints up to the size of elk and bear. But just as the hunter can stumble into a 10-ton animal most people do not recognize the large depression that is clearly a large foot print. Their very size makes them hard to notice. The other big problem isn't obvious either. The large size means weight is well distributed so they do not tread as heavily as one would expect. Unless the ground is sandy or muddy the spore of a bigfoot would be very difficult to spot. Large feet are not necessary a handicap to stealth in the wild.
How would you mount a trophy bigfoot? Team iBRORG is of two minds here. Some would like to mount him as you would a rearing bear complete with the baring of teeth. Most favor the classic “Patterson” pose: walking away and looking over his shoulder.
I did not see, hear or smell anything but sensed the presence of a bigfoot. Should I report this? No, but when this occurs grab your camera and be alert. If you see or photograph something only then report it to iBRORG. Reports of an area’s general “squatchiness” or lack thereof are not helpful.
I “think” I heard (smelled, saw, perceived) a bigfoot. Should I report it? No. It has been iBrorg’s experience that encounters other than visual/photo/video are too numerous to pursue and are often due to regular animals and other humans.
I have reported my sighting to several other accredited bigfoot organizations, should I report it to iBRORG also? No. Usually a single report to one site is sufficient as many sites share generic encounter data on sighting judged credible.
Do bigfoots have rabies? There is no clear evidence one way or the other. It is true that no bigfoot attacks resulted in victims getting rabies but as with any animal it is wise to assume the possibility.
I saw a bigfoot quite a while ago. Should I report it? Yes, if you made solid visual contact and accurately remember the date and location. Reports like: “I think I saw a bigfoot in Colorado a few years ago” are not helpful.
Couldn’t somebody get killed hunting bigfoot? What about hoaxers? Yes, people get themselves killed doing all sorts of things. Given the large numbers of hunters and hunts there are remarkably few deaths and injuries. Bigfoot hunting is no more dangerous than hunting any other large game animal. It is possible that a hoaxer dressing in an ape costume could get shot. iBRORG regards this as social Darwinism. If this happens be sure to leave the prankster suited until authorities arrive and tell them you feared for your life.
Is this is the only organization to offer a Bigfoot Bounty? Maybe. Organizations come and go. If this site is up then iBRORG.org stands ready to pay hunters or captors a $5,000 bounty for a legitimate cryptid hominid that is captured alive and $7,000 for its carcass. (see iBRORG.org Document 107)
Your $5,000 bounty must apply for a whole bigfoot. What will you pay for a skull, foot, hand, etc.? Ideally a bigfoot would be captured alive and in one piece. A full carcass would also satisfy science. While iBRORG does not have an official piecemeal pricing of each body part prices would go something like the following: skull = $3,000 hand or foot = $1,000.
Your bounty is $5,000 - $7,000 but what is a bigfoot really worth? Millions to priceless. The bounty is fun motivation and a catchy gimmick. A live or dead bigfoot would be invaluable to science but beyond that there are speaking tours, it could be exhibited, sold in full or in part(s) or leased to name a few.
Why it the bounty higher for a dead bigfoot? A carcass would be less vigorously pursued by animal rights zealots. Science/research could press forward more quickly with far fewer legal wranglings.
Do you pay for photos or videos? Sometimes. iBRORG decides this on a case by case basis.
Do you pay for sightings? Will I be paid to report an encounter? No. It is iBRORG’s policy to never pay for encounter data.
Isn't bigfoot an endangered species? Technically no, but as a practical matter a cryptid ape man has to be considered endangered. However scarcity should not prevent its capture or harvest. Bringing this animal out of the shadows will ultimately help the species.
What is the bigfoot population in North America? There are no accurate numbers. Sketchy estimates range from less than 200 to several thousands. The lower end would mean a dying, endangered population. The higher end would mean a marginally viable population.
Are there albino bigfoots? Yes. They are commonly called Yeti, bigfoots Asian cousin. It is possible that there is an albino bigfoot in North America but no reliable reports exist.
What is the cause of the skunk ape's strong odor? Nobody knows for sure. Others speculate that methane from decay in alligator dens saturating his hair is the cause. IBRORG thinks it is far more likely it is from a glandular adaption peculiar to a Southeastern sub-species of bigfoot. It is possible that bigfoot have some unknown symbiotic relationship with skunk just as they seem to with bear.
What does Bigfoot really look like? Short answer: Like an upright gorilla-man hybrid about 8 feet tall. (see iBRORG.org Document 103 )
Can I help iBRORG? Yes, several ways. (in order of effort/commitment)
1. The easiest way is to donate via PayPal or become an iBRORG member or “Brorger.”
3. Report credible encounters in as much detail as possible.
4. Carry a camera with you in the wilds – and just as importantly know how to use it. Many precious opportunities have been squandered via camera mishaps.
5. Next, coupled with No.4 above, is to decide to look for a bigfoot on hikes or camp outs. This can start as a lark but end in discovery.
6. Formal hunting – either photo or firearm. (see iBRORG Hunting Tips) Best and most productive when used in response to recent encounters, prints and sighting history.
What does being a “Brorger” do for me? Membership helps support the work of iBRORG and maintain this site. In exchange you are joining a community of reserved, bigfoot enthusiasts who value results over cryptic excuses. Also you will receive an official iBRORG pin and a membership card which entitles members to a 10% discount on all iBRORG gear. You will be the first to receive updates.
Which is the best Membership Card to get? There is no “best” card. It is merely a matter of taste as every member has the same rights and privileges.
Does iBRORG have any books or DVDs for sale? Thank you for your interest. iBRORG is currently involved in numerous projects. Among these are both books and video. We will keep Bigfoot Nation informed regarding their release dates.
Can I simply donate money? Is my donation tax deductible? Yes and no. This is America you can donate to whom you choose. iBRORG would prefer you become a member or purchase some iBRORG gear to help encourage the discovery of bigfoot but we do accept straight donations. iBRORG chooses to operate independent of all government largesse. It is not a tax-exempt organization therefore donations are not tax deductible.
Does bigfoot have claws? No. In fact claw marks are often an easy way to distinguish bear tracks from bigfoot prints.
Should I report UFOs to iBRORG? No. We do not recognize bigfoot as an extraterrestrial species. Until a preponderance of evidence suggests otherwise all UFO sightings should be reported to accredited UFO organizations.
Is there a link between bigfoot and crop circles? No. Besides their dislike of open terrain and the proximity to humans, they would seem to lack both intelligence and motive to be involved in this activity. If you have evidence to the contrary please forward it to iBRORG.
Do bigfoot bury their dead? Not likely. Only humans seem to have much concern or regard for their dead.
Are bigfoot canabalistic? Probably not. As reclusive omnivores who lean toward the herbivorous they would tend away from this practice.
Are there bigfoot in Africa? Maybe. Several factors make any definitive answer impossible. The political environment there is not conducive to research. Satellite communication has helped but communications and infrastructure are a constant problems. Then the great apes cloud the issue. Finally the culture of Africans works against bigfoot research. The presence of large dangerous game has relegated a bigfoot as really “no big deal.” It is just one among many of large mysteries of the wild. Add to that the strong belief in witchdoctors, changlings, lionmen, etc. It is entirely possible that a bigfoot riding a unicycle down the main street of Nairobi would hardly merit a side glance.
Can I report an encounter anonymously? Definitely, but please say so or use the names: John/Jane Doe. Do not make up a creative name like: Mary Mainstreet, Gerold Georgia, Jimmy Jockstrap, etc., otherwise iBRORG will sometimes waste resources chasing false leads.
Aren't you just profiting from a hoax? This is really 2 questions. First, is bigfoot a hoax? There are bad apples in every barrel. Bigfoot hoaxers are out there surely. Most are half-hearted and easy to spot. The credible encounters really defy reasonable explanation and the witnesses often have little to gain in reporting.
The second part is: isn't it wrong to make a profit? To begin with, there is nothing wrong with profit. Bigfoot researchers spend much of their time sifting through the phony or worthless reports to get to the valuable data. That is worth something. Also there are no windfalls in monkey mysteries. Most Brorgers are casual enthusiasts hopeful for an intriguing discovery.
Where should I look for a bigfoot? Like gold, a bigfoot is where you find him. iBRORG suggests looking in an area where there have been recent foot prints or sightings. Otherwise just carry some kind of camera when you are in the wilds. (see iBRORG.org Document 106)
If a person has not found a bigfoot in 25 years of searching should they just give up? It could be that they are profoundly unsuited for the task and would not be able to spot a squatch if it stepped on their foot. Or perhaps there are no more bigfoots and they should give up. It is a question each squatcher must answer for themself.
Have you correlated bigfoot sightings with UFO sightings? No. iBRORG does not have enough resources. This speaks to the great need for a unified Anomaly Reporting Center covering all of North America.
Could a bigfoot be a Wookie? Yes. Or it could be the other way around.
Do bigfoots take human brides? No. There have been no primitive wedding dresses found near bigfoot sightings or tracks.
Could Bigfoot be a ghost? Not likely. Bigfoots often leave foot prints. Ghosts, spirits, poltergeists and the like tend not to do this.
Could “bigfoot” just be some kook hillbilly scaring campers and hikers? Yes that is possible in a very few cases but sightings and prints are far too numerous and widespread to blame on a modest cartel of organized hillfolk. (see iBRORG.org Document 102)
Can bigfoots whistle? Probably not. Apes and monkeys tend not to do this. They howl and cackle and otherwise vocalize. Also their apparent taciturn leanings would likely make the oral dexterity for whistling beyond their ability. Bigfoots seem out of the norm to be so silent. This silence is either a survival adaptation or proof they are very, very rare or extinct.
Do bigfoots noodle? (catch catfish bare handed) It does seem likely that a bigfoot would noodle since it does not require tools or much intelligence.
Do bigfoots have a sweet tooth? We at iBRORG think so. Most mammals do. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that baiting with sweet items like honey, peanut butter and chocolate gets the best response.
Can bigfoots climb trees? Young and/or small breeds of bigfoots are likely arboreal but beyond a certain size this seems not to be likely. (see Official iBRORG.org document 103)
Do bigfoots use tools? No, unless you consider rocks to be tools. Reports of rock throwing and hitting sticks against trees (knocking) abound but bigfoots do not seem to employ these objects in any constructive fashion beyond threats and making noise. There have been no credible reports of bigfoots stealing saws, hammers, power tools, etc..
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