Re: Inquiry on Grover Krantz

IraWalters (
18 Jul 1994 04:11:03 -0400

In article <30cff0$>, (Bryant) writes:

Spent a growing-up in the Oregon and Washington Cascades, where many
"sightings" occur, and where (interestingly) the native americans had no
myths or stories of such creatures. Sasquatch was a bit of a legend from
the Salishan speakers, closer to the northwest coast, and none of their
myths agreed with one-another, intertribally, either...

I am not personally familiar with native american legends, though I have
heard that many tribes have some sort of sasquatch legend (the name
"sasquatch" is, after all, an indian name). Some of these legends
apparently go back quite far. At the Maryhill museum along the Columbia
river there are several carved stone heads of a large variety of Pacific
Northwest animals. All of these animals are known to exist today, except
one. The stone carvings of one of these creatures was identified by
several zoologists as being that of a non-human primate, though before the
zoologists knew where the carvings came from. When the source of the
carvings was told to the zoologists, they changed their mind and said the
carvings were of "bighorn sheep", though none of the carvings look
anything like other stone heads identified as bighorn sheep. Some of
these carvings are quite old, having come from archaeological excavations
of sites dating back 5,000 years.

As far as an 800 pound primate walking through the woods never leaving any
remains or being shot by hunters, one must consider that people who have
lived in the woods of the Pacific Northwest have never encountered bear
remains, though no one would question their existence. It is just
extremely unlikely to find the remains of any wild creature that has not
been killed by a human.

Numerous hunters have reported seeing sasquatch, though it is true no one
has as yet come forward saying they shot one. Some possible reasons for
this are 1) from the numerous sightings it appears that sasquatch is
nocturnal, 2)wheather it is day or night, few hunters would take a chance
on shooting ANY bipedal primate, as the only one accepted by science to
exist is man, and hunters are not likely to knowingly shoot a man (or what
they think might be a man) and 3) any 800 lb. animal would take a rather
large gun to bring down. A heavilly loaded 30.06 would to it, if you hit
the creature in the right spot, but anything lighter would be unlikely to
kill the animal outright.