2015-08-15 00:00:04 UTC
Where are the Bones?
A logical question with a logical answer
When discussing the possibility of sasquatches being real animals with
the general public, I often get the question, “If they’re real, why
don’t we find their bones?”
I usually answer this question with another: “If bears and mountain
lions are real, why don’t we find their bones?”
The likely answer makes a lot of sense. They hide their bones, and
what’s left is recycled. Let me explain… (By saying they hide their
bones, I do not mean to imply that they plan ahead and bury the corpses,
though this has been hypothesized. After all, neanderthals buried their
dead, and sasquatches could very well be in the same genus, homo.)
Bears, mountain lions, and sasquatches are all apex predators, meaning
that they are at the top of the food chain for their habitat. Their only
real predators are humans, and occasionally one can find remnants of a
hunted or poached bear or cougar. Naturally dead apex predators are
almost never found.
It is hypothesized that when an apex predator gets sick, as all animals
do at some point in their lives, it seeks a safe place to recover. The
animal would be most vulnerable when it is ill, so they probably look
for places that make it feel secure, like under fallen trees, in
inaccessible caves, or in the thickest brush available. (I would suspect
that it also would want to be near a water source, but food would likely
not be much of an issue since most animals fast when sick.)
So, by putting themselves in inaccessible areas for safety reasons, the
animal effectively hid itself.
One day, instead of recovering from the illness as it did every other
time it got sick, the animal dies. Within a few hours to a day or two,
scavengers would find the corpse and start picking it apart, devouring
the flesh and yummy soft parts. Moths would make short order of the fur.
Insects would nibble away at it and lay eggs in the corpse. Bacteria and
fungi would play an important role in decomposition as well. Larger
scavengers like coyotes or bears would separate the limbs and make off
with them, thus dispersing the bones. (If the hiding place was next to a
flowing water source, this could further disperse the bones.)
The bones wouldn’t last long anyways. Rodents are by far the most common
mammals in North American forests, and they eat bones for the calcium
content. Bone-eating rodents include wood rats, the various mouse
species, porcupines, and rabbits (although bunnies are not technically
rodents, but lagomorphs).
So the bones are dispersed and recycled (or digested).
This mountain lion was reportedly only dead for a few days.
I was thinking about these dispersed bones recently, and it occurred to
me that if someone was walking off trail and ran across a femur that was
two or three feet long, that person probably wouldn’t consider that it
could be a bigfoot bone. They would probably assume it was an elk or
some other large animal’s bone. (This makes a lot of sense, because it
probably would be from an elk or some other large animal.) However, it
would be very unlikely that the person would save the bone and give it
to an appropriate expert to identify the animal species it came from.
So, it is entirely possible that bigfoot bones have been discovered and
So, how long would it take for no sign of the corpse to exist, including
bones? I don’t know, but I have heard that a full-grown Asian elephant
will be totally gone in as little as four months.
The rate of decomposition is explained by Casper’s Law (or Ratio): if
all other factors are equal, then, when there is free access of air a
body decomposes twice as fast than if immersed in water and eight times
faster than if buried in earth. Any dead sasquatch (or other apex
predator) would be fully exposed to the air, thus decomposing the fastest.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about animal decomposition:
“Decomposition begins at the moment of death, caused by two factors:
autolysis, the breaking down of tissues by the body’s own internal
chemicals and enzymes and putrefaction, the breakdown of tissues by
bacteria. These processes release gases that are the chief source of the
unmistakably putrid odor of decaying animal tissue. Most decomposers are
bacteria or fungi. Scavengers play an important role in decomposition.
If the body is accessible to insects and other animals, they are
typically the next agent of decomposition. The most important insects
that are typically involved in the process include the flesh-flies
(Sarcophagidae) and blow-flies (Calliphoridae). The green-bottle fly
seen in the summer is a blowfly. The most important animals that are
typically involved in the process include larger scavengers, such as
coyotes, dogs, wolves, foxes, rats, and mice. Some of these animals also
remove and scatter bones. Then they digest the bones.”
In summary, we would not expect to find the bones of any naturally dead
That being said, I did speak to an owl-hooter in Northern California who
said he came across a naturally dead bear. It was poking out of a
hide-hole under a pile of fallen logs. This further supports my
hypothesis that animals hide themselves upon their demise.
Just because we are unlikely to find a naturally dead sasquatch, that
doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still try. I like to poke around in the thick
brush or under likely cover for just such a find. I believe under large
rocks that form natural caves is another excellent choice. However, be
aware that it is even more likely that you could find a live apex
predator, so be careful.
It's important to note that the rarity of higher-quality sightings of
Sasquatches indicates a shy, intelligent creature that avoids humans,
and has no interest in killing them or eating them. Everything indicates
that only a small number of Sasquatches exist, but that they may roam
far and wide, giving the appearance there are more of them.
The Sasquatch I saw was at the outskirts of Auburn, WA, June 26, 1967,
along the Green River, next to (at that time) a heavily wooded hill with
few homes. It is believed they, like all animals, find water and food
near bodies of water, as well as bathing in it. That year a drought was
underway, and the Green had been at near-historic low levels, with more
of its banks exposed. The creature rose up quickly and the top of its
head was nearly level with the top of the bank. We estimated the bank at
8 feet above water level. Spawning salmon and other fish are easier to
catch in low water. My friend and I could've been a dinner for that
gray-furred Bigfoot, but as in the rest of the reports historically,
this creature has no interest in harming, killing, or eating humans.