The topic has been debated from every vantage point over the years: Do you support “kill” or “no kill” in regards to Sasquatch? In the field of cryptid research, few topics are more divisive and evoke such raw emotion. It’s time to bring some clarity to this issue. The simple fact is, we need a body. It needs to be said firmly and unapologetically that someone needs to kill a Sasquatch. Nothing else is going to resolve the issue of Sasquatch existence. Nothing else is going to move this creature from myth into reality. No amount of photographs, video, hair, tracks, prints, or alleged DNA is going to do in 100 years what a body could do in a matter of minutes. In the digital age, a picture is not worth any factual words.
It needs to be made clear that the “no-kill crowd” has an agenda. It may come as a shock to some, but many people support a no-kill philosophy only to preserve their own standing. They know that if a body is found that they will be out of business. All their paid “Bigfoot excursions” will come to a halt. No more “membership dues” to bogus organizations. They will be relegated to the background as academia and grant-funded scientists take over. The hobbyists will need to find a new cryptid (or mythical creation) of which to declare themselves experts.
For these folks, no body equals job security. Therefore they organize “hunts” and “expeditions” while making sure everyone in the group subscribes to their same philosophy. They take to the woods en masse and act surprised when they fail to locate anything (have you ever hunted deer in a large crowd?). They taut their experience and expertise in tracking, calling, communicating, but somehow never finding, a Sasquatch. It is easy to claim to be an expert on cryptic topic when there is no verifiable, scientific evidence to support that such a thing exists. I am reminded of a lecture I attended at which Dr Esteban Sarmiento stated, “No one knows anything about Sasquatch, because we have no proof it exists.”
The “no-kill crowd” uses numerous tactics to support their single-minded position. They claim that Sasquatch is “too close to human” and killing one would be murder. This is nonsense. Sasquatch are not human. If they exist, they are animals. They should not be given protection via scare tactics or a threatened murder charge. It is not in argument that Sasquatch should be a protected species after it is verified that they exist. Certainly, this would make sense. However, threats of criminal charges and laws that preemptively protect Sasquatch are nonsensical tripe unless someone presents a body. Following the “no-kill” logic, why are they not proposing legislation outlawing the killing of unicorns and the harvest of their magical glitter?
It is amazing how many self-proclaimed “Bigfooters” have had these animals in their sights and not pulled the trigger. Happy, touchy, good feelings aside, we all know human nature. Money, while perhaps the root of much evil, is also a hearty means to an end. Such human nature should take over in at least one instance if these stories are true. It would be the find of the century, and worth millions dollars if someone had a body. One shot, one death. However, the “no-kill crowd” will tell you that you might kill “someone in a suit.” I think this speaks volumes about the fact that there are probably more hoaxers in the woods than real Sasquatch. Again, simple deflection to protect their own interests and agenda.
Further, how many times are we going to have to listen to the “Bigfooters” who are scared out of the woods after “seeing” one of these things? Isn’t that what they are supposed to be looking for? These fools rank right up there with the “shadow-jumping,” ghost-hunting crowd: the ones who go running from haunted locations at the first noise or cold spot they encounter. These folks are an embarrassment.
Science will not take Sasquatch seriously until the people who present themselves in this field do so in a professional, logical fashion. Science is cold and heartless. It’s science! It is supposed to work without emotion. Too bad the same cannot be said for the majority of “Bigfooters.” All the “wanting Sasquatch to exist,” all the “eco-protection” babble, and all the “don’t kill the big guy,” has clouded their minds. Too many are looking for what they want to find and do not want their dream to be killed. Emotional response to this issue is the problem, not part of the solution.
As long as the individuals in the woods, who are doing the true legwork, are afraid to pull the trigger and kill one of these beasts, we will never make any progress. Acknowledgement and respect go out to those who are getting off the couch, putting miles on their cars and boots, and looking for Sasquatch. Now they just have to have the fortitude to follow through.
Too many people have used the paranormal and, in particular, the hunt for Sasquatch to further their own agenda. In the realm of ecology (a science) and taxonomy (a science) a body is required before a new species is recognized. The pseudo-groups need to understand simple reality. Anything short of what is necessary for true science is just feel-good nonsense. Those with the “no-kill” philosophy should be relegated to the “Sasquatch is a shape-shifter, trans-dimensional, UFO pilot” camp. Their position does nothing to further professional research or bring any legitimacy to the field.