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"When you look at the film, the first impression is that something weird is going on," Daegling said of the Patterson-Gimlin film the other day. "It's hard to put your finger on. There's a different kind of flow (of body motion) that struck people as significant. And people were unable to find the kind of seams that would be on a suit. This was not some guy in a dime-store gorilla costume."

On the other hand, Daegling said, "it's not possible to declare that, based on the film, this is a real Bigfoot. What is a real Bigfoot? I don't know. There are two possibilities: an animal unknown to science, something 7 feet tall that we're managing to miss. Or it's a pretty clever hoax pulled off in 1967."

"If there's a population of these things running around, doesn't it make sense that just once, somebody would have run into one with a car or shot one? There are stories of people shooting them, but the body is always missing."

"There's a difference between a rare occurrence and something that never happened," Daegling said. "It's very unlikely to stumble on the carcass of a bear or a bone from a bear, which is different from saying you never expect to run into carcasses or bones."

"I was in Montana doing research and just by dumb luck, in 20 days of wandering the landscape, I came across the skull of a black bear, just sitting there, right on the forest floor.

"The argument of the advocates that is most strained, and the thing they need to come to grips with is not that we rarely find Sasquatch bones, it's that we never find them. Not once have we come across a bone." -- -- --

So, as John Green, the dean of Bigfoot writers, says, "It doesn't go anywhere until someone brings in a body or a piece of a body." Green, a retired 71-year-old newspaperman who lives in Vancouver, is the man every other Bigfoot expert says you should talk to if you want to learn about this subject. In 1978, he published, "Sasquatch, the Apes Among Us." He knows from Bigfoot.

"In the end, you have two facts that can't be challenged," he says. "First, something is making enormous humanlike footprints, and it's been going on for a long time over a big area. Footprints are real. Something real is there to make them. Second, you have thousands of people in North America who describe seeing a giant apelike creature that walks upright. And those people do exist. So either you have an animal or you don't." "If you have an animal, it explains both phenomena. If you don't have an animal, these footprints must be of human manufacture and there must be a reason why. Either people all over the world have been faking big footprints and telling stories about hairy giants, or you have an unknown animal closely related to humans. Either way, it's significant."

He pauses for a moment, then reminisces about searching for Bigfoot near Bluff Creek decades ago, a time when "I saw well over 1,000 prints. When you're looking at them, you don't have any other theory than that something walked there. This is what hooked me on it."

And what now, after more than 30 years of chasing Bigfoot? Green reflects for a moment.

"I will almost certainly die without it being solved, as has happened to so many of my friends, " he says.

"But I don't regret the time I spent on it."


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The mission of the Willow Creek - China Flat Museum is the acquisition, display and custodial care of objects representing the history and legacy of the Klamath-Trinity area of Northwestern California.

Its purpose is to publicly inform, educate and celebrate the area's rich cultural diversity and to also maintain, preserve and publicly display the Bigfoot and Sasquatch collection.