When I first began researching the Bigfoot phenomenon I had to grapple with the thought of how such a creature could have alluded detection from science, and remained in isolated populations presumably in the mountain ranges and rain forest of the Pacific West. It sounded plausible that, given the vast wilderness and resources available in this region, that such a large animal could hide and sustain itself. Then you begin to read the books and sighting reports and discover that, far from what you thought was a localized population of rare animals, you discover them to be seen in every part of the country, excepting parts of the great plains, which for obvious reasons makes good sense. You continue to discover that in areas, such as suburban New Jersey, and even Chicago you have very credible sightings, not more that 30 miles from a sprawling urban center. There are even a few reports of the large hairy biped much closer to these areas.
The question I have for you is one that was answered in my mind this summer in July, when at 3:50am, tossing in my bed, I was given a rare experience. I overheard what I will call a conversation of two bigfoots, one that was crossing between mine and my neighbors house, and one further into a tree line. They were alarmed when a night police patrol came down my semi-busy road shining a spot light into the yards. It started with a Whooooeeeeep Whooooeeep, followed by an answer from inside the tree line, Whoooo, Whooo, which was lower and more emphatic. The sounds were only possible to a human or primate, and given the volume and the clarity, as well as the pitch, not possible to humans either. The sounds repeated again but moving deeper into the marsh that borders my backyard, and the police car paused, as if he saw something in my yard, and even returned to look again. On the fourth of July a week or so prior my wife and I heard strange whoooops coming from the trees and marsh in response to some noisy fire works, at the time we knew they were odd, but dismissed them as human until that late night conversation. Oh did I mention I have an apple tree in my backyard that was producing nice little apples at the time
I live in a semi rural/suburban environment, 40 miles or so from downtown Chicago, and bigfoots frequent my backyard. Reality check! How can such a creature live in a fairly populated area, which almost always has traffic, except between 2:30am and 4:00 am, when it is more sporadic. Yet it avoids detection, excepting a few foot prints in the snow and a rare sighting, usually crossing a road in the wee hours of the morning, probably returning to it's safe spot. If it did not happen to me I would probably never excepted the possibility, though when the foliage comes in mid summer the possibility seems much better. Do a little research on the BFRO sightings around the bigger cities, you will discover the geographic correlation, the connecting of greenways, bike paths, rivers and streams, all serve as pathways for these semi urban bigfoot to travel, and that is where the sightings are occurring. Not hysteria, or misidentification, just honest people encountering a real creature that leaves real footprints, makes audible sounds different from any other animal, and lives just beyond our gaze. Winter is a question I will address later as I have not come to terms with that yet, though we have had footprint findings in our area for several years. I should mention that my County has been buying vast amounts of land for several decades in order to preserve our special environment, which is noted as one of the best wetland areas in the country, and recently is being incorporated into a federal wildlife refuge called the Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge.