Who Do You Call?
Okay, so you think you have seen a Bigfoot/Sasquatch. And as most people who "think" they have seen the animal, you decide to keep it to yourself and simply enjoy watching him through binoculars. You own twenty wooded acres, there's room for the beast and you, but week after week he ventures closer to your yard and family. The dogs have even gone after him and stayed away too long for your comfort.
The animal certainly looks like a Bigfoot, and you think you might have whiffed the skunk smell of him. So, you decided you want to tell someone. If your object is to have the animal removed from your property, you should call Animal Control.
Okay, so this same animal that you've been observing for months now through the binoculars wakes you in the middle of the night, pummeling your guard dog. He's in the yard. The dog whines and shrieks as the animal throws him into a thicket of blackberry bushes.
It is time to call 911. What if he's at the door trying to break in, now what? If the animal were a bear or cougar you have the right to kill the animal and the same is true of Bigfoot/Sasquatch. But oh, be careful, you just never know when a prank is being pulled.
I spoke to an Animal Control officer before writing this column. I wanted to find out if he had been called on a sighting. And yes he had. It was about twelve years ago.
A family cutting firewood called with a sighting and the officer went to investigate. Turns out, the animals were huge Bouvier dogs. The two of them had stood up, paws on a big log, watching the wood cutters. The officer located the animals out roaming around in the area they were reported to be in. He asked the owners to keep them closer to home.
What would I do if I saw a Bigfoot? Since I live in town, a sighting that I'm likely to have would be happenstance, but I'd try to remain calm and get a good clear photo of it. And then I'd go on line and email the "experts." I, for one, would love to be the person proving the animal exists. But I doubt that it will happen. I'd be happy to just get a glimpse of it.