Best Of: Illinois Bigfoot sightings and skepticism
Editor's Note: This segment originally aired January 2022.
An Illinois man driving from Cass to Tazewell County claims he spotted Bigfoot along Illinois 78 near Chandlerville. He describes the creature as having looked back at him on the shoulder of the road — an encounter that ultimately lasted seconds, but has gained traction in local news outlets and by cryptid interest groups. The modern concept of Bigfoot originated nearly 65 years ago when a small Northern California newspaper reported that a road construction crew had discovered humanlike, 16-inch footprints. As a cryptid, or creature not believed to exist under mainstream science, Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, and the legend behind it, continues to leave a lasting imprint.
We were joined by the president of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization and a primatologist to discuss the legend, what it might take to prove the existence of a creature like Bigfoot, and more.
President of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization and cast member of Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot”
Primatologist, Professor Emeritus, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alleged Sasquatch sighting in central Illinois adds to legendary creature’s big year https://t.co/rqXydB6H9x— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) December 21, 2021
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