@patience well, if they were all in the Amazon or the Rockies or somewhere sparsely settled, they could maybe survive and stay hidden. But they need a certain base population to not go extinct, and that population would need a whopping lot of food. Given all the reports of sightings all over settled farm land and rural areas, with no evidence of what they are killing and eating/leaving behind, they are not behaving like your average animal.
@chiasm aggregated reports over the last few centuries, atop tens of generations of oral histories from Native peoples on the north american continent, support a case that a hominoid habitat larger than humans, less populous, and avoidant is supported by shared overall habitats, food & water sources, and movement patterns as bears
as with bears, such a hominoid, maybe even more acquainted with remote terrain than all of humanity, already have ample access to ungulates, for protein
there have also been several sightings occurring during summer months when a suspected bigfoot is found sitting cross-legged in blueberry, wild strawberry, huckleberry, and/or himalayan blackberry patches (the latter being an invasive species in the PNW), devouring berries
said knowledge of where to take cover (rocky overhangs, caves, caverns) during cold weather, in places where foliage is thick and largely inaccessible to people year-round, leaves us with a lot we have yet to learn
@chiasm over the last fifteen or so years, there’s been an increased data-aggregated triangulation of permanent habitat regions across the continent (where activity is clustered either year-round, or at the same time each year); several nomadic corridors in between, in which they can take cover (such as aforementioned cave systems), and also go where the food is, seasonally speaking
@patience Yeah, I've seen this, though that was from almost 10 years ago now (the map of sightings). https://www.livescience.com/39785-bigfoot-map-sasquatch-sightings-gis.html
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