In order for Bigfoot to survive and thrive, they must be very proficient in gathering food and hunting, more so than scavenging up roots and an occasional taking a weak feeble deer or elk. Therefore, they must have inherent skills and intelligence to enable them to feed their massive bodies. And, if there is more than one in a group, then there must be cooperation in order to keep the clan together. Their intelligence must be greater than other predators such as mountain lions, bears, wolves and coyotes. Not only does Bigfoot have to eat larger quantities, but they have to compete and contend with these other predators.
Taking a look at the intelligence level of Sasquatch’s competition we must consider the behaviors of each animal. The mountain lion is probably the stealthiest of the competitors. The mother lion teaches the cubs how to hunt, how to ambush, and how to be completely silent. The cubs learn, but is it learning by copying or do they reason? I witnessed a cat stocking its prey. It was silent, moved in slowly and froze when the prey (a large bird) alerted. The bird went back to feeding, and the lion anticipates the next move. The cat made the decision to compensate for the bird trying to escape by flight. The pounce was purposely high to catch the bird in flight. The problem was, the bird didn’t notice the cat and never took flight. The lion sailed right over the bird and landed on the ground a couple of feet away from the prey. The bird was amazed with the flying cat, but simply took off in the opposite direction. Then I witnessed the strangest behavior from the lion. It sheepishly looked around to see if it was being watched and then slunk off into the thicket. It was embarrassed! Other hunting techniques have been witnessed, which involved planning, and precise execution using objects to block the view of the prey. I would say mountain lions are very smart, they can reason, and they have complex feelings.
Bears are another story. They are taught by their mother to gather food, but it seems to be copy learning. They learn to fish by example. They do not seem to hunt using strategic or tactical techniques, but they do sometimes ambush their prey. Mostly they simply run down the weak or lame animals. As far as eating, they will eat almost anything they can find that is eatable.
So, is Sasquatch smarter than the average Bear? Or Mountain lion? In our next article (part 4) we will be discussing wolves, and coyotes and their closest relatives the dogs.