One of the most common misconceptions about sasquatches is that many of the thousands of sightings can be written off to misidentified bears. This myth has taken on new life because of frequent encounters with a bear in New Jersey that seems to habitually walk on its hind legs due to an injury to its front paws.
Of interest to the reader would be the bear’s gait. It has a waddling motion to it that starkly contrasts against the smooth, fluid gait most often described by sasquatch eyewitnesses. Also visibly absent is the long arm swing almost uniformly reported by eyewitnesses. There are many more visual inconsistencies of note as well, most of which can be read about in Dr. John Bindernagel’s excellent summary of the differences between bears and bigfoots. You can read his summary by clicking here.
Matt Moneymaker, fellow cast member on Finding Bigfoot and President of the BFRO, was recently contacted by the Washington Post about this possibility of bigfoots being bears seen under less-than-ideal viewing conditions. Matt does a good job dispelling this myth in the article below:
On a final note, it is true that some reported bigfoot sightings are certainly of bears. That would simply have to be the case given the number of bears verses the number of sasquatches in the world. The brevity of many bigfoot encounters would introduce that sort of error in the account. However, this would not explain all of the tens-of-thousands of reports on record. Conversely, it should also be considered that some of the bear sightings that people have had would be misidentified sasquatches. This type of error would go both ways, especially considering that many people who don’t believe in sasquatches and happen to see one in the woods would HAVE TO think they saw a bear.