Physical Descriptions of Sasquatch in New England
The local Indian Tribes of New England did not need to be convinced that Sasquatch was a flesh and blood entity. They were part of the forest and their culture. The newly arrived white settlers however, started seeing and reporting these same creatures, thus the history of Sasquatch begins. Luckily, the colonists wrote down reports and stories which thankfully we still have today. The Indians handed theirs down orally, unfortunately, with some loss over the centuries. Regardless, the reports from the pre-columbian era consistently mention very large hair covered man like creatures with black, auburn, red or greyish white hair. Reports also include, standing, walking or running on two legs, and very rarely, leaping great distances on all fours. They have a distinctive gate which is reported most often. Witnesses describe these creatures gliding gracefully and swiftly sometimes over rough ground, similar to the motion of a cross country skier. Witnesses also describe slightly bent posture and long arms hanging to the knees or beyond, and the head "seemingly set upon the shoulders without a neck". Sounds of these creatures range from howls, screams, whistles, chattering, whoops and strangely, the sound of a crying baby. Sasquatch are excellent mimics. Replicating bird and animal calls perfectly or mimicking animal sounds such as a cock-partridge "drumming it's feathers." Read a short excerpt from Silas T. Rand's "Legends of the Micmacs" written in 1846. Pay special attention to the physical description of the Kookwes.
Sasquatch have been reported to "liberate" livestock including cows, calves, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and other farm animals. Unseen at night, they raid fruit trees and vegetable gardens, however, rarely in a glutinous way. When not raiding local farmers, they sustain themselves on roots, fresh water plants, leaves, mushrooms, fish, rodents, frogs, crayfish, and possibly some varieties of tree bark or tree lichen. Sasquatch are also reported to hurl baseball size stones with great accuracy at deer and other game, stunning or killing them instantly. It's my theory that they possibly lay down along game trails and cover themselves with leaves and sticks waiting for ungulates to get within arms reach, then lunging with lightning speed, grabbing, twisting and breaking the legs, thereby immobilizing them. They are also said to emit a powerful stench that has been described as skunk like or rotting meat although some researchers report a wet dog smell or a horse like smell or sometimes, no smell at all. Like Chimps, Sasquatch are conscious of the fact that they leave footprints and routinely avoid doing so by walking along stream beds or across leaf litter that will not retain the impression of their massive feet. If your lucky enough to find a track way in snow, the impressions appear linear and not parallel as human prints appear. Click this link for a report on snow tracks. They mark their travel routes by breaking tree limbs at 90 degrees in the direction of travel as do Chimpanzees. Sasquatch are excellent intimidators sometimes perpetuating a violent bluff and shaking vegetation putting fear into anyone they want to leave the area. However when not chasing off unwanted guests, they are reported to be shy, reclusive creatures. They roam in family units consisting of a male, a female and one or two young. They are thought to be monogamous and possibly live up to 100 years old or longer.
I also want to touch on, well, a touchy subject in the Sasquatch research world, tree structures. Some researchers claim Sasquatch use trees of various sizes and lengths to build large geometric shapes In the woods. These structures are said to convey territory, water sources or warnings to humans to stay out. Usually arches, X's, teepees, and spoked wheels. Personally, I have never seen a structure in the woods that stood out to me or appeared to be anything more than blowdown. I treat this phenomena like crop circles and unless the architects are caught on camera or we have credible testimony from an eyewitness, I simply dismiss it. I also have my doubts when these structures are in areas easily accessible to humans. After all, if you trekked there to film it...... you get the picture. I have seen arches which are plentiful but were these arches "pinned" to the ground purposely with a rock or another tree, or did a large dead tree simply fall, pinning the other tree to the ground forming the arch? There are however some videos on YouTube that show tree structures that could not have been assembled without intelligence or an opposing thumb but who's? I do believe however they stack rocks because several people have seen them in the act. But I keep an open mind especially when someone presents it as Chris Noel has done here in this amazing video. I have an immense respect for Chris. He is probably one of the hardest working researchers out there so please watch.
Of course, no one really knows for sure because no one has ever observed them for longer than a few minutes. There is only one way we will ever get close to them. To return day after day to the same woods, building their trust, and allowing them the choice to let us get close enough to simply observe them. Recalling Jane Goodall's career, she wrote that it took her 2 years with daily treks into the bush just to get her first glimpse of one of the chimpanzees she had been searching for. She could only hear their calls, find their skat and sleeping nests and even discover what they were eating. This is what researchers likely face as well and what it will take to get close enough to observe a family of Sasquatch as they go about their daily routines as we write, sketch, and compile data on a species few even believe exist.