St. George man searches for BigfootIt was the summer of 1997 and St. George resident William Barnes was dredging for gold in Nevada County, Calif., when he saw something that changed his life."I had this thing walk down the canyon right next to my tent," he says. "It was close enough to touch. I don't know how long it stood in front me. Time kind of froze."It was dark when Barnes saw the creature, but he describes it as being "thick and muscular," probably weighing 450-500 pounds. It had human-like hands and feet, with "well-manicured" body hair.Barnes is one of many people throughout the United States who claim to have seen a creature called "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch" - not to be confused with the "Yeti" or "Abominable Snowman" of the Himalayas.
Technically classified as a cryptid - a creature whose existence is suggested but is not recognized by scientific consensus - the Bigfoot legend does have some prominent believers in the scientific community, including primatologist Jane Goodall.In a 2002 interview on NPR, Goodall said she was sure an undiscovered primate exists. She wasn't talking about a single creature either but a species.Barnes is sure of it as well.
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