If you happen to get the time read the book, BIGFOOT! The True Story of Apes in America, by Loren Coleman. It gives alot of usefully information on
indian legends he references, along with some old time sightings. Also (forgive me here, been awhile since i have read it), but it goes over some fake
sightings, the work by Jeff Meldrum ( one of the first to spot dermal ridges, next to Grover Krantz who which i do belive was the first to reconize
dermal ridges). I tend to think that Bigfoot maybe a relative of the giganto's, also I agree with mister coleman that there seems to be two species
in the US. One in the Pacific Northwest which is the typical Bigfoot, we all now and love.
Then a smaller maybe supspecies in the south region of the US, which I belive tend to be a little more aggressive, from the reports and from what I
read in that book(again i could be, wrong about the aggressiveness, been about 3 month's since i read it). Ethier way we look at it, a creature of
this size can actually hide in the wildreness and we would never see it. This is a direct quote from the book, and pretains to the wood bison.
" The largest land animal in Canada, the wood bison, had been disappearing from all over North America for centuries when the last animal were
officially declared extinct in 1940. Then in 1957, a wonderful discovery occured. During a regular air patrol, federal wildlife officers flying over a
remote part of the Wood Buffalo National Park, Alerta, spotted a small, isolated herd of two hundred wood bison. They had gone completely unnoticed
for decades-and had kept physically and genetically separate from their cousins the plains bison, so familiar to Americans as the buffalo. The wood
bison were found about one hundred miles from a new road being built from Alberta to the artic circle and within fifty miles of a mission staion that
had existed for a hundred years. "
Now this Discovery while 47 years ago does demstate that a large species known to man, can and will hide away, even though we are right there and we
never see it. Think about it like this just because we have roads through most of the US doesn't mean we have explored every inch of the USA. In the
woods if something doesn't want to be found it could and most likely hide from us. Think about it, this creature must have been around since we
crawled out of the cave and walked away. It has probally seen the damage we did to the Wolly Mammoth, and various other Ice Age species. So it has
probally taken to a much more cautious approach to us, ie hiding in cave's, and only really coming out at night. Just a few thoughts I figured I'd
throw out there.
Also here is another web site, to read about the wood bison.