Bigfoot Vandalizes a Winnebago, Might Soon Be Tracked by Blimp

ABC News reports that the generally elusive Bigfoot is now being blamed by a Pennsylvania RV owner for vandalism of a 1973 Winnebago. The claimant, a man who self-identifies as a Bigfoot tracker, suggests that the Sasquatch hurled rocks at the RV and ran into the woods with "eyes glaring." The creature eventually vanished.

Why is Bigfoot so Elusive?

The members of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) believe that the creatures in question had "bad experiences with pre-humans in Asia," which has led to an adaptive mechanism that keeps Bigfoot intentionally separate from humans. Whereas humans are usually active during the day, Bigfoot is predominantly nocturnal. Humans have created a largely stationary society; Bigfoot is semi-nomadic.

Paranormalist researcher Jon Erik Beckjord does not buy into the bashful Bigfoot theory and instead believes that the cryptid is a shape-shifter, which has mastered the art of inter-dimensional travel. As noted in "Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend" by David Daegling, mainstream researchers do not put a lot of faith into this theory, in part because it is next to impossible to prove. (Of course, so is the existence of Bigfoot itself.)

Manmade Difficulties to Finding Bigfoot

As noted by Reuters, a faculty member from the Idaho State University has now proposed to mount a blimp and conduct an aerial search for the hard to pin down Bigfoot. A professor of anthropology and anatomy, the researcher intends to raise $300,000 for the construction of a dirigible, which he then plans to outfit with thermal-imaging technology to conduct the hunt for the nocturnal cryptid.

Making the hunt for Bigfoot more difficult to fund and undertake are the hoaxsters trying to cash in on the phenomenon. In 2008, ABC News reported on a couple of hunters who claimed to have found a dead Bigfoot, only to be discovered as trying to show off a Halloween costume frozen in ice. A Montana man was killed in an attempt to set up a fake Bigfoot Sighting, People notes. Dressed in a Ghillie camouflage suit, the man ran across a two-lane road in the dark. He was hit by two cars.

Cryptids Have Been Fodder for Hoaxes for Years

Take for example the Winsted Wild Man. The Register Citizen describes him as "an extra-large buck-nekkid man, covered with thick black hair." Dating back to 1895, the Museum of Hoaxes unravels the tall tale as the brainchild of reporter Lou Stone who was looking for a quick way to make some money. Yet this does not explain the reprisal of the sighting in 1972, when two men claimed to see a man about eight feet tall and covered in fur. Did they see an actual Bigfoot?

If the Idaho blimp ever gets off the ground -- fundraising efforts are very slow going -- the technology could provide invaluable insights into the existence of Bigfoot (or not).