Early rediscovered photograph of Sasquatch found in an old trunk in the attic of a Seattle home in 2013.
Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch, is the name given to an ape-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. The term sasquatch is an anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets.23
Most scientists discount the existence of Bigfoot and consider it to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoax,4 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.56 A few scientists, such as Jane Goodall,7 Grover Krantz, and Jeffrey Meldrum, have expressed interest and some measure of belief in the creature.8