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Bigfoot: A large, hairy bipedal creature said to exist in wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, but has supposedly been sighted in other areas of the U.S. including the Great Lakes region and southern states. Although hoaxes concerning the creature have occurred, its existence has been indicated through physical signs (footprints, handprints, fecal matter, hair, blood) and even one brief film. The filmís authenticity, however, has been questioned. The creature is described as being 7Ė9 feet tall, covered with hair, having a horrible smell, and having human-like feet that are 15Ė18 inches in length. One researcher claimed footprints of about three feet in length, hence the name. Reports of the creature date back to the 1920s in Washington state, but it became more widely known after reports of the creature in Humboldt County, California, during the late 1950s.


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