Many sightings of Bigfoot are thought to be the misidentification of a known animal. The most common misidentification is thought to be of a bear standing on its hind legs. Most sightings of this creature do occur where bears inhabit, athough it is argued that a bear's snout and other body parts make it distinct from anything that would be considered Bigfoot. In 2007, the Jacobs Photographs were taken and thought by some to be a juvenile Bigfoot, while others say it to be a mangy bear.
Many sightings of Bigfoot are thought to be hoaxes. Experts say that 70 to 80 percent of Bigfoot sightings are not real and that most are either a hoax or a misidentified animal. It is also thought that many of the footprints found are hoaxes as well. Bigfoot researcher Ray Wallace had in possession large wooden feet and is suggested to have used them starting in 1958 until his death in 2002.
-Georgia Bigfoot Body Hoax
The Georgia Bigfoot Body Hoax was a hoax in 2008 developed by Rick Dyer and Matt Whitton. Their claim was to have in possesion a corpse of a Bigfoot they found in the woods of Georgia and stuffed it into a freezer chest. They planned to name this creature the "RickMatt creature" after both their names. After selling the body to Searching for Bigfoot Inc. for $50,000 it was discovered to be a hoax.
Gigantopithecus is an extinct genus of ape. Many believe that this creature exists today as Bigfoot. It is believed that the Gigantopithecus could have entered into what is the now the United States over the Bering Straight land bridge. This is in the northwestern portion of North America where Bigfoot is most commonly spotted. Gigantopithecus is speculated to have not been bipedal, but this is only based on fossils of teeth and a few jaw bones found. No other fossils are known to exist.