Bigfoot or Mangy Bear?

The photo below is of the mystery creature that was spotted in the Allegheny National Forest northeast of Pittsburgh. AP: Pa. hunter’s images stir Bigfoot debate

Yahoo/AP picture

Well, that is strange looking, isn’t it? However, without seeing the face it’s hard to tell if it’s a black bear or not.

Bears are usually thought of as being of stocky build but they can be thin too. For example, look at this bear.

Black Bear - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Mike Bender.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Mike Bender.

Give him a bad skin condition and he wouldn’t look much different from the first photo. Bears have been hard hit by drought conditions in the Eastern US and the summer heat so health and hunger problems would be common.

Bears can give you a "WTF is that!" moment if you encounter them in brush. I’ve seen a few in the Smokey Mountains during hikes and it can be a little bit frightening until you realize that they’re probably scared too. Only rarely will they be predatory toward adult humans though.

What do you think? Mangy Bear or Bigfoot?


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Comment by Judy Online
2008-07-14 01:27:09

It would be nice to think it’s Bigfoot (nice, that is, so long as he’s well away from me of course!) but I’m guessing your mangy bear theory is correct.

Still, the picture does give you paws …


Comment by Dinheiro
2008-09-24 09:18:32

very skinny one

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