It is, of course, highly controversial. But believers and skeptics alike agree it can only be one of two things. Either an actual Bigfoot, or a man dressed in a gorilla outfit - probably in cahoots with the two men, who had a rifle and did not use it. The film has been disected and argued about for forty plus years with no clear cut winner of the debate.
One aspect that I have never heard or read anyone mention is the fact (unless they lied about this as part of a hoax) that both mens' horses reared up and were spooked when they came upon the creature/man. Now, I am no expert on horses. But I am not a city boy and have been around horses enough to believe they would not scare like this if some idiot was 30 yards away in a gorilla suit (or else they would have had a heck of a time on the set of Planet of the Apes). A bear or a cougar, probably. But I would imagine their reaction would come from smell and animal instints, especially two horses that are used to carrying two hunters/outdoorsmen.
I'd like to hear the opinion of someone who really knows horses. If my thoughts are correct, it does not prove this mystery, but just adds another aspect as to why it may have been the real thing.
Edited by DMaynard, 26 April 2010 - 11:33 AM.