I was alerted to this article in the Southwest Virginia Times,which is a newspaper in Pulaski County, Virginia. Here is the link to the article.
To summarize, a man placed a trail cam in the mountains surrounding this area and found the below image of somerhing he cannot identify.
So, the immediate speculation turned to Bigfoot. But, let’s not get too carried away here. Let’s look at the photo first. The date and time of day are plausible but those can be faked. The more telling aspect of this is that the area in the picture definitely could be in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. There are no clear indicators of trickery there nor do I see indications of photo editing. This story does raise a huge question for me though. Most of these cameras take pictures based upon movement in my experience, so why are there not multiple shots of this animal?
The animal here does look to be a primate, but I am not convinced. The body shape and size do not match very well. Plus, primate hands and feet should be very noticeable even in poor pictures. Such is not the case here.
A primate argument leads to the Bigfoot argument as well. The best (although highly debated) evidence seen of a bigfoot is the Patterson-Gimlin film. I have included a picture of this below. Granted, rhis is assuming this film is authentic, but if you imagine a juvenile one of these and compare it to the above image I think you will see it does not match terribly well.
So, now is the time I give my theory. Black bear are common in this area and I believe this is a great picture of a young one.
Even here, the physical characteristics in the limbs match very well as do body size and posture. What initially threw me was the fur difference. After some careful thought I realized it has been a very wet summer in this area, so what if the fur was wet? If you google search this, suddenly the fur matches. Also, what would be a great place to catch wildlife on film? Next to a stream or water source.
Verdict: Wet, juvenile black bear
What are your thoughts?
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