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1/10/2013 11:39:00 AM
Poll: 33% of northwest residents believe in Bigfoot
Probably the most famous and controversial video picture of Bigfoot.Courtesy photo
Probably the most famous and controversial video picture of Bigfoot.
Courtesy photo
Vince Lovato

A recent poll of northwest residents showed that 33 percent believe a Bigfoot might exist.

Whether you're a skeptic or a believer, there's no denying that the Northwest is home to folklore that preserves the possibility of 8-foot bipedal creatures roaming our Western forests.

According to the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, many residents believe that Sasquatch is more than just a myth - one in three people in Washington and the Portland, Ore., area believe it's possible the hairy hominids exist.
Lake Chelan Mirror Facebook followers were no less intrigued by the question.

"Now that everyone has a cell phone with a camera in it, Big Foot has taken a holiday," commented follower Rick Duoos.
Government critic Ray Inabinette had a strange idea for using a Bigfoot.

"I think Bigfoot should be captured right away. Then he should be released while Congress would be in session. I believe this would give them incentive to a consensus. I would reserve film copyright on this, but would let you have exclusive interview," Inabinette wrote.

Bill Crossman shared the following creepy story: While in college at Central Washington University in the early 1970's two roommates and I went camping in the mountains north of Ellensburg. the usual college overnight camping experience, tent, car, fire, etc. That night we heard noises all around us that made no sense, running, rustling of trees, silence, breaking of branches, rocks thrown at the tent. We retired into the tent to settle in for the night. Only to have the noises escalate. We decided late that we needed to pack up the camp, car and leave this place about 11:30 p.m. We drove down this mountain road to get back to Ellensburg.

Large rocks and boulders were moved along the way. Just ahead in the darkness with only the headlights, we fell silent as we approached a wall of boulders blocking our way. Some of the boulders took three of us to move out of the way. We were without words. We never spoke of this event again.

Several followers wondered if The Editor of the Lake Chelan Mirror wasn't Bigfoot...or closely related.

Brent Fine asked, "Is that you in a monkey suit?" when he saw the photo posted on the website. (See right.)
Jon Thompson was also unconvinced.

"I don't know, man. I've never seen you and Bigfoot in the same room, together," Thompson wrote.

Seattle-based PEMCO surveyed Northwest residents about one of their region's most prolific mysteries and found 33 percent believe it's possible Sasquatch exists, and about one in 10 say they've actually seen one or know someone who has.

Portland-area residents are less convinced, though, than their Washington counterparts. More than half of Portlanders - 55 percent - doubt that the creature exists and 85 percent are certain they've never seen one themselves. Still, more than a quarter of those polled in Portland - 28 percent - embrace the possibility that Sasquatch is out there.
To the north, Washington residents continue to believe.

PEMCO first asked them about Sasquatch in 2009, and more than one-third maintain their view that Sasquatch is real, while less than half think otherwise.

"People might wonder, 'Why is an insurance company even bothering with something so silly?' Is PEMCO pondering Sasquatch-protection coverage? No. Does it matter to our business if they exist? No. Is it a fun and whimsical topic for a survey? Absolutely! Especially here in the quirky Northwest where Sasquatch is part of our culture," said PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg.

When it comes to Sasquatch encounters, 14 percent of Washingtonians said they or someone they know has seen one, while just 9 percent of Portlanders count themselves as eyewitnesses.

Interestingly, younger people in Washington are more inclined to say they've seen a living Sasquatch - 22 percent of Sasquatch spotters are under 35 in Washington. In Portland, 12 percent of those under 35 have seen a Sasquatch or know somebody who has.

To learn more about the poll and to view a summary of the results, visit

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