Bigfoot, is also known as sasquatch, is the name given to an ape-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. The term sasquatch is an anglecized derivative of the Halkomelem word sasq'ets.
Most scientists discount the existence of Bigfoot and consider it to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoax, rather that a living animal, because of the lack of physical evidence the large number of creatures that would be necessary to maintain a breeding population. A few scientists, such as Jane Goodall, Grover Krants, and Jeffrey Meldrum, have expressed interest and some measure of belief in the creature.
Bigfoot is described in reports as a large hairy ape-like creature, in a range of 6-10 feet (2-3m) tall, weighing in excess of 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair. Purported witnesses have described large eyes, a probounced brown ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla. Bigfoot is commonly reported to have a strong, unpleasant smell but those who claim to have encountered it. The enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (60cm) long and 8 inches (20cm) wide. While most casts have 5 toes - like all known apes - some casts of alleged Bigfoot tracks have had numbers ranging from two to six.