A search for the Pacific Northwest's fabled Bigfoot provides a jumping-off point for nature writer Robert Michael Pyle's lyrical ruminations on wilderness, isolation, and the occasional triumphs of mystery over so-called progress. Pyle's well-researched stomping ground is Washington State's Dark Divide in the Cascade Mountains--this rugged country of loggers and recreationists has been the scene for many sightings of the elusive man-beast. Pyle's route alternates between desolate clear-cuts and majestic ancient forests, between the inroads of civilization and the dark recesses of the wild. But never does the author get too caught up in proving anything to himself or the reader; this search for Bigfoot has as much to do with locating the wild nature within each of us as it does with finding a legend.
From Publishers Weekly
Pyle, eminent naturalist (The Thunder Tree), ecologist and expert on butterflies, conducted his search for Bigfoot or Sasquatch, the perhaps-mythical giant, hairy, apelike humanoid, by trekking across the mountains and plateaus of Washington and northern California. In this leisurely, gracefully written meditation, he talks with Northwest Coast Indians who describe their purported encounters with Bigfoot; attends a Sasquatch conference in British Columbia in 1994; hobnobs with Bigfoot hunters and retraces some of their sightings. Pyle found some 16" footprints and heard eerie whistles that tallied with Sasquatch sounds as described by Native Americans, but the evidence he presents is inconclusive. Nevertheless, this enlightening report will intrigue skeptics and believers alike. Reviewing the battle between those who advocate finding and killing a Bigfoot specimen and those who only condone live capture, Pyle sets forth a protocol designed to protect our giant hominoid relatives, if they exist. Photos.
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