Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the Yeti — whatever you want to call the (probably) mythical hairy forest beast, the big guy is an undeniable newsmaker.
Oh deer, a Bigfoot!
A woman from Tensed, Idaho (unnamed in news reports) was driving on U.S. Highway 95 in Latah County in March 2017 when she saw something strange along the road. According to a sheriff’s report, she saw a seven-to-eight-foot tall “shaggy” figure in her rearview mirror. Briefly distracted by this Bigfoot-esque creature, she then looked back at the road, whereupon a deer, startled by the shaggy being, ran into the road, and she struck it with her Subaru wagon. The woman reported the accident to police, although an investigation at the scene didn’t turn up any evidence of a Sasquatch.
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You could axe him, but he left
In May 2019, a man named Timothy Drennen called 911 in rural Klamath County, Oregon, to report a violent crime in progress: Another man was trying to attack him with an axe. But it wasn’t a man, per say, according to the caller, who “was threatening, rude, and abusive to 911 dispatchers,” according to a deputy district attorney. Rather, it was Sasquatch. Officers nevertheless rushed to the scene of the crime, but by the time they got there, the Bigfoot was gone. As they couldn’t find any evidence that Sasquatch had been there in the first place, Drennen was arrested and charged with misuse of 911, and police noted that “intoxication was a factor.”
From Baseball to Bigfoot
Jose Canseco was a home run-hitting baseball superstar in the ‘80s and ‘90s, only for his career and reputation to fizzle in the wake of evidence he used performance enhancing drugs. Nowadays, he tries to earn his living in part by leading excursions into the woods to search for Bigfoot and aliens. In 2019, he offered the chance for five individuals (at a cost of $5,000 each) to load up into Canseco’s personal RV to visit “authentic alien sightings and proven Bigfoot habitats” and “maybe meet a real Bigfoot.”