Bigfoot News from 2018
December 16, 2018 – A man in Helena, Montana found himself in the line of fire after a would-be Bigfoot hunter allegedly mistook him for the hairy cryptid. The suspect was riding in a black pickup truck, and when approached, he simply replied “If I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it.” He then drove away, and hasn’t been seen since.
September 5, 2018 – The British Columbia Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit by a local Bigfoot researcher. The researcher, Todd Standing, sought to get the province to acknowledge Sasquatch as a living and breathing “indigenous mammal” found in British Columbia, however the court ruled that deciding on the existence of the cryptid was well beyond their jurisdiction:
“While the court is clearly without jurisdiction to embark upon an independent investigation of scientific matters, the court is also without jurisdiction to order the government of British Columbia to expend funds to conduct particular scientific investigations of the flora and fauna of the Province.”
June 4 – Lawrenceburg, Kentucky hosted their very first Wildman Days festival during the first weekend of June. Bigfoot believers and skeptics alike gathered downtown to take part in a variety of Bigfoot-themed competitions, such as “biggest feet” and “hairest man,” according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
April 2 – Some players of the recently released Far Cry 5 are on the hunt for virtual Bigfoot, according to PC Gamer. The game, set in fictional Hope County, Montana, features a side mission called “Gone Squatchin'”, which naturally involves the hairy cryptid, as well as a map of its possible whereabouts. Beyond the mission itself, players have so far encountered NPCs mentioning Sasquatch, as well as large, muddy humanoid footprints.
I’ve been playing Far Cry 5, myself, and there are plenty of weird things about Hope County (not to mention, you know, that cult). Crop circles, a strange guy with some kind of teleportation device…I don’t know. Bigfoot actually existing in the game and wandering its virtual forests, waiting to be found, isn’t too much of a stretch.
February 7 – Expedia’s travel website has shared a list of the 20 best places in the U.S. to visit if you’re looking to have your own Bigfoot sighting. As usual, Washington finds itself at the top of the list. Other highlights include Edwardsville, Illinois, Daingerfield, Texas, and the small town of Cherry Log, Georgia, which even has its own Sasquatch museum.
January 31 – A lawn ornament in Equality, Alabama has neighbors doing doubletakes. It looks just like Bigfoot — or his silhouette, at least. Doesn’t help much that the owner likes to move it around! While this particular shadowy Bigoot may be fake, the surrounding area has had more than its fair share of real Bigfoot sightings, with one dating all the way back to 1967, according to The Outlook.
January 23 – A lawmaker in Washington state has put forward a bill to introduce a new specialty license plate featuring Sasquatch. As The Reflector reports, revenue from plate sales would go to park maintenance, and perhaps even increase interest in making Sasquatch Washington’s official state cryptid, something they attempted last year. Washington state would be the perfect place, if anywhere – as of October 2017, 640 sightings had been reported to the Bigfoot Field Researcher Organization, or BFRO.
January 19 – An Alberta, Canada Sasquatch hunter is petitioning the state of California to recognize the cryptid’s existence, according to Global News. The intent is to convince California lawmakers that Sasquatch is a real “indigenous wildlife species” that should be studied.
January 8 – Here’s a brief overview of reported sightings submitted to BFRO, as well as a ranking of state reports in 2017. Overall, Washington (642), California (437), and Florida (312) lead in total sightings. In 2017, the top three states were California (12), Illinois (10), and Texas (9). You can view all of BFRO’s Bigfoot data at their official website.
As is usually the case, many of the sightings that’ll pop up in 2018 will actually be from previous years. But that doesn’t make them any less interesting — we may just be seeing them for the first time.
Train Passenger Sees “Black” Bigfoot In England
A passenger on a train leaving Exeter in Devon, England, claims to have seen a large Bigfoot-like figure lurking in a field. The incident occurred back in November 2017.
According to Bristol Live, the witness shared the incident with the British Bigfoot Sightings group, and was the only passenger out of about a dozen to actually see the potential Bigfoot.
“In the fields to my right I saw something large in the middle of the field walking,” he recalled, “It was walking kind of hunched over, and all I could tell you was it was a black figure.” The sighting lasted for only “five to ten seconds.”
The witness also didn’t initially think the figure was anything strange, until he saw its unusual gait, with legs that appeared “slightly bent,” and the way it seemed to be “hugging the bushes to stay hidden.”