reply to post by Redhead6971
That might indeed be the case if these stories had started with the advent of the whites into the NW, or even North America in its entirety.
These stories predate, along with some cave drawings, the arrival of whites by centuries.
The forests, and mountains of North America are vast, and save for a few areas largely uninhabited, and most are seldom visited by man. A race,
admittedly probably rather small and possibly headed for extinction (though I hope not...), could exist quite happily with most of mankind being
blissfully unaware. As is the case, in my not so humble opinion.
No skeletal evidence? That's an issue, I agree...however, predation/scavenging, and normal environmental factors would seem to, especially in view
of a small population, mitigate against finding a skeleton/remains save by the most astonishing luck.
When people say "well why haven't loggers, or hunters, backpackers, and other outdoorsy types found the remains, or the creature itself." or words
to that effect, they make it sound like loggers, et al...are scrambling all over the mountains and forests. Logging and hunting are very controlled
activities, you just can't do either one, where ever you want to. Not to mention the deafening noise that logging operations put out.
'course, in this sort of conversation, I always come back to my new default setting: I've seen the creature, I know beyond any doubt
Sasquatch exists. What
he is, remains a question, not whether he exists. That has, to my satisfaction anyway, been answered.