Rasquatch

In Search Of...Rasquatch

In Search Of…Rasquatch

The Pacific Northwest region of North America abounds with cryptids and reports of unknown animals. Among the most mysterious creatures which witnesses claim to have seen in the area are the “RUS’s”, or “Raccoons of Unusual Size”, popularly known to cryptozoology fans as “Rasquatch”.

Residents of the Pacific Northwest who claim to have seen a Rasquatch in the wild are rare, but photographs and casts of Rasquatch tracks are much more common. Frequent rain and snow in the mountains and wooded areas of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia mean that the tracks of humans and animals are often left behind. Scattered among the footprints of dogs, cats, mail men and hairy apes from outer space are the tracks of the mysterious giant raccoon.

I collected this evidence of Rasquatch in Vancouver, British Columbia on the morning of February 25, 2014. As you can see, Rasquatch tracks left during the snowfall the night before are here mingled with those of a human being and a large domestic house cat.

Rasquatch!

Rasquatch!

And here we have a close-up of the tracks of the mysterious creature up close. Note the apelike forepaws and feet and the span of its gait, far greater than that of an ordinary raccoon.

Brown Jenkin feets

Brown Jenkin feets

This final photo is a composite of two images. On the left is the full overhead view of the prints left in the snow, showing the paths and activity of humans, domestic house cats, and Rasquatch. On the right we see a close-up of the path taken by the Rasquatch, which was clearly traversing the open ground on its way to the build site of a small snowman, which it constructed and left behind to mark its territory.

Territorial symbols of Rasquatch

Territorial symbols of Rasquatch

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