Bigfoot (also referred to as Sasquatch) is the name given to a creature said to have been sighted across North America, usually in remote wilderness. Similar creatures around the world are referred to by different names such as The Abominable Snowman, Yeti, and Yowie (Australia). Though mainstream scientists reject the existence of such a creature, there are a number of researchers (called cryptozoologists who believe that it may well be a 'forgotten' species closely-related to humans.
Individuals claiming to have seen Bigfoot/Sasquatch generally describe a very large ape-like creature which also has similarities to humans. Estimated to be 7 to 10 ft tall (2 to 3 metres), Bigfoot's body is said to be covered with short fur that is black or dark brown in color. Foul odors are often present during sightings of the creature.
The earliest reported sightings of a Bigfoot date from 1924 in the Washington area. However, Bigfoot as a 'phenomenon' probably dates to 1958, when large footprints were reported in California. The term "Sasquatch" was coined in the 1920s by J.W. Burns. Cryptozoologists Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark relate how Burns recorded Native American stories about such a beast, under a number of names "including 'sokqueatl' and 'soss-q'tal'". Due to the similarity in names, Burns invented one term for them all: "Sasquatch".