Bigfoot tracks have been found with 5 toes and
some with 3 toes. The 5 toed tracks are generally
associated with the Northwest, but 5 toed tracks are
found in other parts of the country. The 3 toed
variety is generally associated with the Southeast.
The Skunk Ape of Florida and the infamous Boggy
Creek Monster are the 3 toed variety. In Western
North Carolina, both 5 toed and 3 toed tracks have
been found. So do we have an overlapping of these
two types of Bigfoot?
The Bigfoot species have been classified into three different races
based on physical characteristics and geographic location.
1. Sasquatch: Has 5 toes, brown to black fur and primarily inhabits
the Pacific Northwest of North America.
2. Skunk Ape: Has 3 toes, orange to brown fur and inhabits the
Southeastern United States.
3. Yeti: Has 5 toes, white to gray fur and inhabits the Himalayan
The genetic adaptations in each race may be the result of natural
selection starting when the Sasquatch moved from Asia to North
America and adapted darker fur, better blending in with the dense
woodland environment. As the species moved across the United
States, the species adapted a three-toed foot better designed for
climbing trees and traveling through marshy areas in the Southeast.
The Bigfoot living in the Northeast probably began establishing a
solid population base over the last 3,000 years, and it remains the
least densely populated by these creatures for several reasons,
namely, a high concentration of humans and competition between
races for food supply. It's possible there is more diversity in the
Bigfoot species, lending to numerous races which are not known at
The Fouke Monster
by John Green
Strange things started to happen near Fouke, Arkansas in 1965, 14-year-old James
Lynn Crabtree encountered a strange animal while squirrel hunting. He first heard
horses running, and heard them plunge into the lake near his home. Then he heard
a sound like a dog hollering in pain. He ran towards the noise but as he got nearer it
changed to a different sound. Approaching cautiously he saw a hairy animal with its
back to him, watching the horses in the lake and acting quite agitated about them.
The animal was seven or eight feet high and had reddish-brown hair about four
inches long all over its body. It stood upright like a man, but had extra-long arms.
Turning, the creature saw the boy and stopped to look at him. Its face was covered
with hair, showing only a flat, dark-brown nose. The creature stretched, sniffing the
air, and then started walking towards the boy, who shot it in the face with his
shotgun, three times. The thing kept coming and the boy ran. He said it showed no
sign of being hurt by the light 20-gauge loads. That was the first report that attracted
attention to what has since been tagged the "Fouke Monster," but it turned out that
it had been seen at least three times previously, and within a month another 14-year
old boy saw it and shot at it while deer hunting. The following year it was seen by a
lady hunter during a deer drive and then a school bus driver saw it cross the road. It
was heard screaming in the woods far more often than it was seen. Then in June
1971 something left hundreds of tracks in a bean field, and they were very strange
tracks. They measured 13 1/2 inches long, 4 1/2 inches wide at the ball, 3 1/4 inches
at the heel, very high instep and only three toes. Smokey Crabtree, James Lynn's
father, Has this to say in his book Smokey and the Fouke Monster :
Where the sand was one half inch deep or so there was a narrow outer part of the
foot touching down, connecting the heel to the front part with a one-inch wide or so
strip. Where the dirt was soft there was a full track and very plain ones. They were
so plain you could see the imprint of the lines on the bottom of the bare feet. There
were only three toes and there wasn't that much difference between the size of the
first toe and the third toe. There was no place for other toes. It was not like his little
toes had burned off in a fire or frozen off. His foot was designed for three toes only.
Stride measured as much as 57 inches from heel to toe and as little as 26 inches.
There was a small toe or thumb about five inches back from the big toe which did
not seem to have any bone in it, leaving only a shallow mark in every track where it
showed. The tracks wandered aimlessly in a loop, covering several hundred yards
and returning to the woods exactly where they entered the field. The creature had
avoided stepping on the bean sprouts. He estimated its weight at 300 pounds. A
trapper, hunter and tracker since childhood, Smokey Crabtree terms those tracks "a
surprise of my life." There are casts of the tracks to be seen at Willie Smith's service
station in Fouke, and also a track itself, lifted in a slab of dirt and preserved in a box.
Having seen them and having spent several hours talking to Smokey Crabtree, I am
satisfied that the tracks, and the animal, are genuine. The movie made at Fouke, The
Legend of Boggy Creek, may contain fictional episodes, but there is a Fouke Monster.
The conclusion that there are indeed giant hairy bipeds living in the Sulphur River
bottoms in Arkansas creates no problems. It has every appearance of being a
suitable place for them. The conclusion that a three-toed track is genuine is quite a
different matter. I got involved in this business in the first place by concluding that
the "Bigfoot" tracks in California were genuine. That may seem to be no great thing
when you read it over quickly, but it involves accepting the idea that mankind
shares North America with some other kind of upright primate that despite its giant
size has remained undiscovered; and that is a concept so unacceptable that nearly
20 years of effort have been insufficient to persuade the scientific world to so much
as look into it. Yet five-toed footprints in themselves are quite ordinary. They mirror
just the sort of foot that an extremely-heavy, bipedal primate would be expected to
evolve. Three toes are alright for a bird or a dinosaur and not entirely unknown for a
mammal. Higher primates, however, all have five toes, and the thing described at
Fouke has to be a higher primate. The oldest reference to three toes I know of is in
a work of fiction. In The Hell Bent Kid, published in 1957, New York author Charles O.
Locke puts in the mouth of an old Texan the following words: "If we leave her down
here they are feared at home she might marry the first three-toed bush ape who
comes along." I have been unable to learn where the late Mr. Locke picked up the
term. It is entirely unacceptable to have to assume that there is not one unknown
giant bipedal primate, but two, one of which has evolved for no apparent reason, a
very unprimate-like foot; but it isn't much better to have to assume that there are
three-toed individuals in a five-toed population. For me personally, it is the tracks at
Fouke that establish that the problem has to be faced.