“See that moose?” said Jesse Haycock, of Payson, Utah. “If you look at him straight on, he looks like a biped…straight on, the moose looks like a man. If you’re not accustomed to it, it will look like a Sasquatch.”
Haycock and Terry Baddley, of Brigham City, were on a Bigfoot expedition recently up Perry Canyon. Bigfoot was absent, but five moose made an appearance: a moose cow with young calves, a young bull moose and an older bull.
The two men are members of Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, a San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based group formed under the nonprofit Bigfoot Outdoor Services, LLC, and with about 250 members nationwide. Started in 1994 by Matt Moneymaker, the volunteer network classifies and collates local, state, regional, national and international sightings.
Besides systematizing the sightings, BFRO formalizes language use: The plural of Bigfoot is now “Bigfoots.” The act of seeking Bigfoot in the wild is called “squatching” because of Bigfoot’s Canadian alias, “Sasquatch.”
Both men “squatch” several weekends every year. On this trip, a moose standing in the brush on the next hill beneath the aspen trees was doing a respectable Sasquatch impression: His dark brown lowered head blended into his dark body, his big shoulder hump looked somewhat like a head, and his withers resembled shoulders.
Bigfoot moose are part of the mistaken identities now part of modern legend, like stories of the East Coast hunter who came to Wyoming and bagged someone’s pet llama because he thought it was an elk.
View each of the photo below while thinking “horses, not zebras”–or in this case, “moose not Sasquatch.” Click images to enlarge.
Credit: Tomcat’s Outdoors
Credit: Emily Banff