One of the peculiarities of the Bigfoot phenomena is how Bigfoot seems able to vanish without a trace. If Bigfoot is spotted, if only briefly, it is not seen again even if pursued. No one seems able to locate or successfully hunt Bigfoot. If Bigfoot leaves footprints, they also seem to suddenly end as well, as if he flew off. This strange seeming ability to disappear, to dematerialize, has led people to speculate Bigfoot is not a physical being but a reflection of some paranormal event.
Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that Bigfoot is actually a physical animal. How does he disappear and remain unobserved? Does he climb up trees and live in the branches? Does Bigfoot create primitive camouflage and burrows in the earth? I’ll offer another solution.
What attracts instant attention to any Bigfoot sighting? It is that Bigfoot is bipedal. His very name implies it. Any mammal walking on two legs would immediately attract our attention. If a mammal walking on two legs were spotted in the distance or in the dark, our first impression would be it’s some manner of humanoid, or perhaps a hominid. Only mankind walks on two legs; bipedal movement is a signature of our humanity.
What if Bigfoot could walk on either two legs, or all four limbs? Sometimes Bigfoot walks upright, sometimes on all fours. If discovered, alarmed or pursued, Bigfoot would drop to his four limbs and speed away.
Consider the implications for footprints. If a beast walking on two limbs suddenly dropped to all four and sped away, its footprint would suddenly change. Without all its weight on two legs the shape of its print would be distributed to all four limbs. The distinctive nature of the Bigfoot would suddenly…vanish.
In seeking to discover Bigfoot, we are not looking for a beast that walks on four legs. A four-legged beast would be considered a bear or a moose. Imagine spotting a Bigfoot and afterwards only seeing an animal scampering away on four legs. That animal could not possible be Bigfoot?
The idea of bipedal animals with human-like characteristics is universal. The children’s story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears contain what we would call Bigfoot characters. Little Red Riding Hood’s Big Bad Wolf is a man/beast. The legend of the werewolf is exactly about a combination of man and animal.
We assume Bigfoot is an undiscovered hominid because it walks on two legs. Without any clear and undisputed photographs of this beast, we are assuming it is a hominid because it makes sense. What if there were some bipedal bears suffering from a strange compulsion to walk upright? Call it a bipedal mental illness. When disturbed the animal flees on his four legs and Bigfoot vanishes.
Searching for such a creature…they would seem supernatural. When walking upright it was a two-legged man-beast, but on four legs it is a natural creature…not worthy of attention. Looking for Bigfoot, we’d just see a scampering bear. Could Bigfoot be a bear with a mental illness?