Aug 27, 2015 I Nick Redfern

Britain’s Bigfoot: The Food Controversy

For centuries reports have surfaced from numerous parts of the UK of what can only be described as "wild men" and "British Bigfoot." The cases are problematic because the idea that such things could exist in the UK is utterly ridiculous. The size (or, rather, the lack of size) of the UK dictates that entire colonies of huge apes simply cannot live alongside around 60 million people and never get identified, uncovered, or killed. And we should note too that there is nothing - at all - in the fossil record to show that the UK has ever been the home of apes of gorilla-size and upwards.

What makes the story even more problematic is that the vast majority of the people who claim to have encountered such things in the UK come across as very lucid, normal, and down to earth. They just want an answer to what it was they encountered. In other words, we have credible people talking about incredible things that simply cannot exist. At least, not in the UK they can't. So, people are definitely seeing something; I do want to stress that. In previous articles and books, however, I have made my position clear that I think Bigfoot is a creature of paranormal proportions.

As far as the British Bigfoot is concerned, the one way in which this paranormal aspect can be demonstrated is in relation to the matter of food. If we take the view that the British Bigfoot is a form of ape, one of the biggest and most important questions that needs to be asked is this: what on Earth are they living on? It's worth noting that a fully grown mountain gorilla partakes of more than 140 types of plants, shoots, stems, and leaves, and can eat upwards of 40 pounds of vegetation. Every single day.

Group of different fruit and vegetables

When one looks at their massive frames, the scale of their food intake is hardly surprising. But consider this: in many cases, the British Bigfoot not only rivals fully grown gorillas in size. Sometimes, the gorilla is dwarfed by the UK beast. Keep that in mind as we now look at the possibility that colonies of Bigfoot have, over the centuries, adapted to eating the kinds of things one might find in the average field of the typical UK farmer. We're talking about potatoes, cabbages, etc, and - in orchards - various fruits, such as apples.

Given that the British Bigfoot has been seen across just about the entire land, we must be talking about sizable colonies. But, where is the evidence of hundreds of large, humanoid, creatures devouring around 40 to 50 pounds of vegetation every day? The answer is simple: there is no evidence. By now, there should be far more than a few reports of farmers coming across the immense beasts during feeding time. But there aren't.


Instead, we see these things manifesting in the vicinity of old castles, sites of archaeological significance, stone circles, and ancient bridges. And then they vanish. Until, that is, they decide to make another brief and enigmatic appearance and scare the life out of a terrified eyewitness. Of course, those who are driven by a need to believe the British Bigfoot is flesh and blood might say that perhaps the creature has developed a taste for meat. Is it possible that they feed almost exclusively on wild animals, such as deer, rabbits, and foxes? Makes sense, right. No. It does not.

Every year - as statistics released by Staffordshire County Council demonstrate - around 170 deer are killed on the roads that run around and through the Cannock Chase - by cars, trucks, and so on. For those who may not know, the Cannock Chase is a large area of woodland in central England where Bigfoot has been seen on countless occasions.

Those dead deer would make great meals for all of those Cannock Chase Bigfoot. But there's another issue: the bodies of the deer never go missing. It's always down to council employees to collect the bodies and dispose of them. No hungry Bigfoot would ever leave a tasty, full-grown deer by the side of a wooded road. Never mind around 170 per year! They would be quickly scooped up and devoured. The same goes for elsewhere in the UK: no mysterious and large-scale vanishings of dead deer, foxes, etc.

So, if the British Bigfoot are not raiding - on a huge scale - the fields of farmers and they are not massively feeding on road-kill, then what are they eating? Absolutely nothing, that's what. Yes, the British Bigfoot exists. Albeit, in some strange fashion that is scarcely understood. But it's not an ape. Nor is it an "ape-man." What it is, I don't know. I freely admit that. What I do know, however, is that no-one in the UK needs to worry about becoming a meal for Bigfoot.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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