Paranormal investigator Carolyn Dougherty has been exploring the field for over 20 years. Similar to ghost hunting, Dougherty sees the same problems in the Bigfoot hunting world with people clinging to false evidence and jumping to conclusions to suit an agenda to prove the existence of Bigfoot. In her article, "Bigfoot or Big Foolery?" she draws some interesting parallels between ghost hunting and Bigfoot hunting:
These include the high probability of misperception and misidentification, the lack of proper analysis of "evidence", people with no formal credentials calling themselves "experts", cognitive bias, fraud and overall poor investigative techniques.Head over to CarolynsCreepyCorner to read the full article.
Like ghost hunting, a lot of people talk in absolutes about Bigfoot, meaning they assert things as facts that have little or no evidence to back them up. For example, some enthusiasts claim that Bigfoot is either a descendant of, or close relative of the extinct Gigantopithecus. The late anthropologist Grover Krantz made this speculation. The problem is, there is no evidence that one ever made it to this continent. Another issue is, as far as I know, nobody has proven that Gigantopithecus was bipedal, walking upright. The supposition came from the size of jaw fragments and speculation how the skull would fit on the neck. But many researchers assert there is more evidence it was a quadruped, based on its massive size.