One hundred thousand
dollars is being offered by the Willow Creek China Flat Museum for anyone
who can demonstrate how the Bigfoot tracks that were observed
in the Bluff Creek valley in northern California in 1958 and later could
have been made by a human or humans.
This offer is genuine. It is not a joke or a publicity stunt.
The money has been arranged for, and the first person or group who can
meet the conditions of the offer will receive it. Everyone should understand,
however, that the conditions are not easy.
The offer is a direct result of recent publicity which has created a perception
that the Bluff Creek tracks were just a hoax carried out by practical
joker walking around wearing a large pair of carved wooden feet, but it
is not meant as a challenge to the people who originated that story, who
may well be perfectly sincere .
The offer also is not a prize for technological achievement, such as being
the first to build an effective footprint-stamping machine. It relates
entirely to the question of whether the real tracks which brought the Bigfoot phenomenon to public attention could have been made
under the real conditions of the times and the places in which they appeared.
The museum has casts
of some of the tracks concerned, a few of them copies but mainly originals,
available for inspection. It also has some related photographs, and published
accounts of what was done and observed in connection with the tracks.
There are also people still available for consultation who studied the
tracks when they were made.
A formal document setting out the requirements to qualify for the award
will take time to prepare, but a successful applicant will have to be
able to make flat-footed, humanlike tracks with more than twice the area
of human feet and longer-than-human strides which do the following:
1) Traverse a variety of terrains, including climbing, descending and
crossing steep slopes covered with underbrush;
2) Show variations of shape and toe position and stride accommodating
to the terrain;
3) Sink into firm ground to far greater depth than human footprints specifically
as much as an inch deep in hard sand where human prints barely penetrate
4) Leave hard objects in the ground, such as stones, sticking up above
the rest of the track.
The applicant will also have to be able to make these tracks under the
following conditions, although not all in combination: 1) In the dark,
hundreds in a single night; 2) In places where it is impossible to bring
any vehicle or other machine or any equipment except what humans or animals
could carry; 3) Without doing anything to attract the notice of people
hundred yards away.
Interested parties may contact the museum president, Jo Ann Hereford,
Media contact concerning this offer is John Green, phone 604-796-3206;
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