PROVO, Utah — Whether Bigfoot is real or not is more a question of faith than science. Case in point, the latest sighting in Provo, Utah. The incident happened earlier this month, and of course, there is video.
"Seriously, look how big it is. I don't think it is a human. I think it's a Sasquatch," a Provo man said.
It was a clear January morning in the foothills of Northeast Provo when a group of guys saw a figure on the mountain that looked like something they've never seen before.
"You can’t just see something that’s maybe a once-in-a-century discovery and go do your nine-to-five job. You got to go look for fur, or footprints, or some kind of evidence," Austin Craig, who captured the moment on video, said.
The camera was rolling as Austin took to the mountain with a buddy on a search for the elusive Bigfoot.
"That is exactly where I saw the 'Sasquatch,' and you guys put together even aren’t even as close to as wide or as tall as it was," the Provo man in the video said.
Their findings were inconclusive.
"Was it a bear? Maybe. That’s plausible. Was it a person? Also plausible," Craig said. "Was it something else? I think that’s also possible. Who knows?"
Utah has had its fair share of Bigfoot sightings over the years. It seems most of them are in Utah County.
We spoke with an expert from Utah's Natural History Museum who says, you can believe in it or not, but the science simply isn’t there.
"What’s the likelihood that there are big animals that have gone undetected by scientists and by trained observers?" Dr. Eric Rickart, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at Utah's Museum of Natural History, said.
Rickart has spent much of his career exploring places people have never gone before, in search of new species. So far, he has yet to encounter a Bigfoot, or anything like it.
"There are lots of things to discover, particularly in the natural world, but they don’t take the form of giant apes running around in largely settled areas of the world," Rickart said.
So what do you believe?
"I’m really hoping that I get to go look again," Craig said. "Maybe there’s something out there to find right here in Utah; even in Provo."
A representative from the Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization said they headed up that same mountain two days after they saw the video. Their findings were inconclusive.