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Lair of the Beasts: Bigfoot: The Problem of Food

Where’s the Evidence?

By Nick Redfern     March 09, 2013

Many researchers of the Bigfoot phenomenon take the view that the hairy, man-like beasts are some form of unknown ape. Or, they suggest that the creatures may represent a surviving, relic population of the presumed long-extinct, ancient ape known as Gigantopithecus, I, however, do not. 

Rather, I take the stance that Bigfoot is stranger than either of the above scenarios; in fact, much stranger. Indeed, it’s fair to say I think Bigfoot is a beast of paranormal – rather than flesh and blood – origins. There’s a good reason I say that. It has to do with Bigfoot’s eating habits. Or, more correctly, it’s lack of eating habits.

This is something, without doubt, most noticeable when it comes to the matter of Bigfoot in Britain – for which literally dozens and dozens of reports exist.

F.W. “Ted” Holiday was the author of such ground-breaking and paradigm-shifting books as The Dragon and the Disc, The Great Orm of Loch Ness, and The Goblin Universe. He famously stated the following with respect to the thorny matter of mysterious, hairy, man-beasts in our very midst:

“Real animals stay alive by eating. Giant primates, such as the gorilla, feed almost continuously during daylight, and in no dainty fashion. Bigfoot, however, allegedly lives in coastal evergreen forests which produce low-energy food of the poorest quality. It is impossible to imagine this miserable fare could sustain a race of eight-foot-high anthropoids.”

Holiday’s undeniably wise, and wholly justified, words were made in particular relation to the controversy surrounding the Bigfoot phenomenon in North America; yet, they are equally as relevant to the problem of such animals allegedly residing in the British Isles – and, quite possibly, even more relevant, too.

If we take the stance that the British Bigfoot is a form of ape, one of the biggest and most important questions that needs answering is: On what does the creature live? 

Most certainly, there’s not a lot of wild bamboo in Britain – a food source that Mountain Gorillas, for example, thrive on. In fact, if one takes a good, long walk around any number of places where the British creature has been seen what we actually notice is a marked lack of food that is rich in nourishment and vitamins. 

A fully grown Mountain Gorilla partakes of more than 140 types of plants, shoots, stems and leaves, and can eat up to fifty pounds of vegetation...each and every day. When one takes a look at their massive bulks, this is not surprising at all. 

But here’s the big problem: The average British Bigfoot is no smaller than the typical Mountain Gorilla. In some cases, it even dwarfs the Mountain Gorilla! Yet, we come back to that big problem in Britain: Where is the food that allows – and must have allowed for centuries, given how long reports date back into recorded history – these immense “animals” to live? 

Well, maybe the British beasts have adapted to surviving on the type of nourishment that one typically finds in the average farmer’s fields, or orchards, in Britain. 

Not impossible, you might say. But, if whole colonies of goliath-sized, well-built, muscular beasts are having to eat upwards of fifty pounds of vegetation every day, of every week, of every year, of every decade, of every century – just to stay alive - then why aren’t the nations’ food-suppliers up in arms about all the mysteriously missing cabbages, sprouts, carrots, apples, potatoes, beans, and more? 

The answer is devastatingly simple, but equally devastatingly problematic when it comes to Bigfoot in Britain. The reason: Nothing of great significance is going mysteriously missing on a massive, regular, country-wide scale, that’s why. Plus, there are no signs that the creatures are ever seen specifically, and regularly, hanging around farmland, which one would expect to be the case if the above-theory can be considered to have merit. 

So, we have a real conundrum. We see evidence - all across the UK - of giant, ape-like animals, which give every appearance of being real flesh and blood creatures; that is, however, until we look at the cases a bit closer and find problematic issues surfacing, like definitive red-flags, left, right and center. 

None of us can get by without food, and that should go for Bigfoot, too. Given the beasts are reported as being anywhere from 7 to 10 feet tall (sometimes even taller than that), they should be voracious feeders. 

That the animals are seen, seemingly thriving, in areas that totally lack the very types, and quantities, of food that such animals would require is – as I see it – a major problem when it comes to suggesting Bigfoot is just an ape and not something much weirder, and perhaps even phantom-like.

Nick Redfern’s new book, Monster Files, will be published by New Page Books on May 22.


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spiderhero 3/9/2013 7:13:26 AM

Would not, then, a more plausible conclusion be that they do not exist at all? The assumption that the creature exists flows from statements by people claiming to have seen something. But is it not much more complicated to assume the answer is something that raises a bevy of new & exceedingly difficult questions to answer? I'm not trying to be argumentative or demeaning to your belief, but you don't even mention this as a possible conclusion given the evidence in your article.

Wyldstaar 3/9/2013 7:15:45 AM

They don't need to eat because they're really robots who are guarding hidden alien bases. 

NickRedfern 3/9/2013 8:07:05 AM


The main reason i discount the idea that they simply don't exist is that contrary to the usual, tired and lazy approach that the mainstream media take - namely, suggesting anyone who claims to have seen Bigfoot is an eccentric nutcase - most witnesses are highly credible and not looking for publicity, fame, money etc. They just want to know what the hell they saw. And it's the sheer number of credible witnesses that lead me to conclude people are definitely seeing something. But, there are so many odd aspects to many Bigfoot cases, that - for me anyway - it's way weirder than just an unknown ape.


Wildstaar: How did you know that? That's supposed to be a secret. It's also a secret truth that Bigfoot was the second gunman in the JFK assassination and faked the Moon Landing photos.

joelwhy 3/9/2013 9:09:18 AM

It's just so silly. A creature that's never been captured alive; no corpse has ever been found; everyone and their mother now has a cell phone with decent quality video capabilities, yet we don't even have any clear video evidence. Instead, we have anecdotal accounts, grainy, unclear vids, and some supposed footprints. Really? And this is enough to convince people that the creature exists? There's as much evidence for bigfoot as there is for unicorns, the chupacabra, and vampires. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to play with my pet leprachuan.

flyinroo 3/9/2013 10:26:30 AM

First of all, I believe it takes a lot of audacity to say that every sighting, photo, recording, and footprint cast is either fake or mistaken identity. I do not discount that there are many hoaxes. I do not discount that there are many mistaken sightings. But I find it ridiculus for anyone to believe that EVERY single bit of evidence is wrong. Not every photo or video is grainy. There are some truly amazing ones out there to look at. I asked a close friend of mine who once ran his own UFO investigations, why all pics of UFOs were so bad and hard to see. He showed me some really great pics and said that strangely enough, people tend to reject clearer photos as fake because they are so clear. Ultimately one will have to land in a Wal Mart parking lot before people will believe, no matter how perfect the picture or video is.

The funny thing about scientists is that it always seemed to me that they should be the most opened minded forward thinking people we have. Yet its funny how closed minded they can be about things like UFOs or bigfoot. Perhaps Bigfoot isn't some kind of ape. Nor is it some kind of missing link or hold over from prehistoric times. Maybe its just its own thing and can't be grouped so easily with known species. To state that this animal should act or live like another kind of animal that is similar in appearance is just grasping at straws. The best part of bigfoot is the mystery. There are mountains of evidence, whether you want to be blind to it or not. I for one hope its a mystery that is never solved publicly. And I truly hope some of the rumors coming out of the Bigfoot community is totally untrue in regards to Rick Dyer, but its hard to tell right now since he is a known hoaxer.

lptg 3/9/2013 6:53:24 PM

I have ? that may answer this conudrum,your looking at them as great ape which they may not question is this what things the can be looked at as food source is prominately out of place ?now what i mean is if its an 'ANIMAL" like a great ape it eats veggies,fruit,or any other plant.but if its semi-omnivore like man it cuold eat just about anything .so if crops are not missing in large amounts what is?that includes man.

lptg 3/9/2013 7:04:11 PM

oh and on the case of a body being found who says 1 hasn't been and that person doesnt want to be dragged thru the mud of scepticism. that means their life being looked at threw a microscope then being called crazy or a liar if 1 "expert" says its fake.even though the expert may or maynot be right.

ShawnO 3/9/2013 8:31:51 PM


As a biologist who is also in the process of copleting a degree in anthropology, I can assure you that the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada are absolutely filled with high quality, nutritious foods for herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, which is why those are some of the most biologically diverse regions on the entire continent.  Even in winter the lowlands closer to the ocean remain fairly temperate.  Bears (black and grizzly/brown) are in abundance, and it is believed that they have a diet that is most similar to what we think a sasquatch would have, based on historical sightings, native traditions, and the morphology of suspected fossil relatives.  Since the area provides enough nutrition to sustain coastal brown bears in high numbers (with some weighing well over 1,000 lbs), it can easily be expected to sustain a population of 600-800 great apes whose diets may even be more diverse than that of the bears.  Black bears on the West coast are typically among the largest on the continent as well, due to the availability of highly nutricious food sources.

As for similar creatures in Great Britain, I must admit that I am more than somewhat ignorant, as I know little about the native flora, or what remains of it, how much of the land is forested, swampy, etc., and the availability of prey species.  I also am at a loss as far as the number and locations of sightings, as well as the descriptions of the creatures that are reported.  For those reasons, I will have to pass on an assessment of the suitability of that land.

ShawnO 3/9/2013 8:38:36 PM

 In my earlier post, I intended to write "completing a degree" in the first sentence, and later, "it can easily be expected to sustain a population of 600-800 LB  great apes whose diets may even be more diverse than that of the bears." 

Wyldstaar 3/10/2013 9:24:58 AM

 NickRedfern:  The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, working in cooperation with The Doctor foiled an attack upon London by an alien force known as The Great Intelligence, which was using a horde of robotic Yeti to guard its lair back in the sixties.  Yet another alien incursion occurred in the seventies using similar methods occurred in North America, which was stopped by former astronaut Steve Austin.

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