The Minnesota Bigfoot

Big Feet: They come in all shapes and sizes.  (Photo courtesy of Rakka on flickr.com)
Big Feet: They come in all shapes and sizes. (Photo courtesy of Rakka on flickr.com)
This spring I read “The Beast of Bray Road,” a book detailing Wisconsin’s history of werewolf encounters (which have become particularly dense recently).

Ever since, I have been more than a little jealous towards the Wisconsinites. This is a new and uncomfortable feeling for me. Why should they get werewolves and dogmen while, just next door, we have to make due with albino squirrels and Paul Bunyan? They shouldn’t. And we won’t.

Last week, the Duluth News Tribune printed a story on Minnesota’s homegrown Bigfoot. A few local Bigfoot enthusiasts/trackers are interviewed in the article (which is also here, in case you don’t feel like registering at the other site). They offer the following information:

-There are 300, 400, or maybe 500 Bigfoot living in Minnesota.
-Bigfoot are very fast.
-In their haste, they sometimes leave footprints (which are big), and are sometimes seen (there have been 20 documented sightings in the last 2 years).
-They communicate by leaving “piles of branches and stick figures,” and by “knocking on trees.” I do the same.
-Bigfoot have cone-shaped heads, and backwards-facing palms

The article also links Minnesota Bigfoot to Native American tradition, referring to a being called “bugwayjinini,” meaning “wild man.” The bugwayjinini was thought to be a benevolent creature, meant to guide and care for humans. Also, its sightings were often interpreted as a warning of a coming disaster or sickness. So, you know, keep that in mind. If you ever spot one.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

He is so cool

posted on Sat, 10/20/2007 - 10:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is sweet

posted on Sat, 10/20/2007 - 10:55am
JARVIS's picture
JARVIS says:

I really hope these people are serious when they say they saw big-foot. People like this need to get a life.

posted on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 8:44am
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:


posted on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 8:48am
Krispy's picture
Krispy says:

I want to belive that there is such a thing as a bigfoot, but it is kinda hard to beileve such a thing that doesnt really exsist because the goverment would like to be scared themsleves so they hide the fact that anything like monster such as "Bigfoot" can exsist.

posted on Sat, 04/26/2008 - 1:16pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Yeah, I, um...agree?

posted on Sat, 04/26/2008 - 1:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no i dont

posted on Sat, 04/26/2008 - 4:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think the bigfooot is fake..i dont believe there isnt any bigfoot around ontario..i never seen one before in my life..

posted on Sat, 08/16/2008 - 11:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i seariously think theres a bigfoot.cuz my cousin seen one before when she was going for a walk with her man..and she seen it behind them..and i think its true that bigfoots are around everywhere..IM SO SCARED=]

posted on Sat, 08/16/2008 - 11:24pm
Tim H.'s picture
Tim H. says:

I believe bigfoot is real due to a sighting I once had just off an evening shift driving home near brule Wi. in 2000. YES IT WAS DARK, however this was directly in my headlights as I was slowing down and I never will forget the size of it on two feet! Most people don't believe until they see something for themselves. I understand that because I didn't believe until this night.
Cloquet, Mn.

posted on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 3:56pm
Lynx's picture
Lynx says:

I do believe I seen a bigfoot in the fall of 1977 N of Wilton, MN. I never mentioned it because most didn't believe much back then. I do believe they can and do exist in the world over. Different names, different looks but the same basic habits.

I have often wondered if they live below ground and that is why we very rarely see them. Any response to this idea?
Sherburn, MN

posted on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 6:56pm
Branden's picture
Branden says:

You did not see bigfoot there is no such thing

posted on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 12:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i wonder why they didnt believe you

posted on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 12:38pm
Wolf's picture
Wolf says:

there is no such thing as bigfoot you must have mistaken it for a different animal you couldn't see properly.

posted on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 12:11pm
steven's picture
steven says:

not impossible

posted on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 12:14pm
steven's picture
steven says:

hi gordon, anyway bigfoot is not real becuase it's nothing special wat u call big foot i call a gorilla

posted on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 8:19am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

hi steven,

You're probably right about Bigfoot not being real. But I might be more inclined to believe in an undiscovered and likely-mythical creature before I'd accept a gorilla living in northern Minnesota. Have you been outside today? I've never been to central Africa, but I bet the climate is noticeably different from ours.

It's kind of like saying the Loch Ness monster is probably a Nile crocodile. Nile crocodiles are definitely real, after all, and they can get really big, and, well, monstrous. But all the reasons a fake big and monstrous creature couldn't live in the loch (i.e. that it's cold, and there's not much food there, that there would need to be plenty of individuals to sustain a population, etc) still apply to why a real big and monstrous creature couldn't live in the loch. The same goes for Bigfoot and gorillas in North America.

Does that make any sense? No? Whatever.

posted on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 10:07am
steven's picture
steven says:

Hi JGORDON, Man long time no see I was just chatting with gene in the lochness debate. But anyway animals evolve for there enviroment many times. And what I am saying is there is no big foot or creature of ots kind. If it does exist why hasnt somoene caught or killed one.

posted on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 3:23pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Hi Steven,

Yeah, it's been a couple weeks.

Um... I don't get it. Apply what you're saying here ("If it does exist why hasnt somoene caught or killed one") to your discussion with Gene. We may have some inconsistencies to deal with.

But as far as the Bigfoot thing goes... I agree. You'd think someone would have caught or killed one, right? But that applies to your idea (above) about Bigfoot being a gorilla too, doesn't it?

I might be misunderstanding you, but are you saying that a gorilla could evolve to live in Minnesota? You might be right, but that sort of thing takes a long long time. Thousands or millions of years, I mean. And what you'd be left with probably wouldn't be a gorilla any more—I'm thinking that a gorilla would have to adapt so much to live in a climate like ours (Minnesotan, I mean) that it would speciate (become a new species). You'd need a population of gorillas here to begin with too, and there's no such thing as a new world ape. (Monkeys, yes. Apes, no.)

posted on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 3:48pm
steven's picture
steven says:

All I am saying is that there is no bigfoot the gorilla thing was like me saying there are gorillas but not bigfoot. and the pictures they get of bigfoot looks like a gorilla i am just saying if you are gonna think of something like bigfoot come up with something diffrent.

posted on Mon, 03/23/2009 - 7:33am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

So... you're saying that you'd be more likely to believe in Bigfoot if it were less like a real thing?

posted on Mon, 03/23/2009 - 8:57am
steven's picture
steven says:

no but it has to look like something we havnt seen our else its classified as the thing it looks like./

posted on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 6:17am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

It seems a little silly getting this far into a Bigfoot discussion, but I suppose this applies to extant, heretofore undiscovered animals as well, so...

No, dude, I don't think that's right. Organisms aren't classified just by superficial characteristics. If you were to see a mongoose for the first time, it wouldn't suddenly become a weasel just because it kind of looks like a weasel. Or if we had just discovered dolphins, it would be a mistake to classify them as fish simply because we recognized a fish-like body, right? We wouldn't deny the existence of alligators because we saw crocodiles first.

And seriously, man, take a look at the famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot image. It doesn't look like a gorilla. If anything, it looks like a guy in a costume.

posted on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 9:10am
steven's picture
steven says:

to much like a guy in a costume if you ask me.

posted on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 7:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think me and my friends may have seen a big foot. It was very large, and about 9 feet tall. We live in southern Minnesota. First we heard wood dropping behind our barn. Then our dog was acting funny toward the spot, and our cat ran away from the area. Next my friend said he saw a 9 foot tall hairy animal that looked like a weasel. What Did He See?

posted on Thu, 10/21/2010 - 8:16pm

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