By Dr. Robert Michael Pyle
"I like the book very much. Only, I don't know why you were so circumspect. To me, the evidence is overwhelming." - Dr. Jane Goodall, in conversation with the author, May 1998
Awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to investigate the legends of Sasquatch, Dr. Pyle trekked into the unprotected wilderness of the Dark Divide near Mount St. Helens, where he discovered both a giant fossil footprint and recent tracks. He searched out Indians who told him of an outcast tribe, the Seeahtiks, who had not fully evolved into humans. He attended Sasquatch Daze, where he met scientists, hunters, and others who have devoted their lives to the search, and realized that "these guys don't want to find Bigfoot―they want to be Bigfoot!" A handful of open-minded biologists and anthropologists countered the tabloids he studied, while rogue Forest Service employees and loggers swore of an industry conspiracy to deep-six accounts of unknown, upright hominoid apes among us.
UPDATED PRINTING: In the years since publication, the author's fresh experiences and finds―detailed in an all-new chapter which includes an evaluation of recent DNA evidence from Bigfoot hair and scat, the study of speech phonemes in the “Sierra Sounds” purported Bigfoot recordings, Dr. Pyle’s examination of the impact of the wildly popular Animal Planet series Bigfoot Hunters, the reemergence of the famous Bob Gimlin into the Bigfoot community, and more―have kept his own mind wide open to one of the biggest questions in the land.
Originally published 1995. First paperback edition November 2017
"A unique book in the Bigfoot literature, one that is not so much concerned with whether the creatures exist or not, but rather one that focuses on the value of the mystery itself. Dr. Pyle's writing stands alongside that of the great naturalist writers and is full of wit and wisdom. Through his journey, we find that he intuitively understands what most lifetime bigfooters eventually come to know: that bigfooting is about the journey more than the destination." - Cliff Barackman, Field Researcher and Star of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot