In order to get a better grasp on Bigfoot’s intelligence level, we have been looking at the competition in the forest. Competition when it comes to food and predation. If Bigfoot is to survive and thrive, it must be the near the top of the “Food Chain” and when dealing with humans, it has to be the smartest in the forest. So just how smart is Bigfoot? We have looked at bears and mountain lions, and now we will be considering the intelligence of the wolf, coyote and dogs. Later, we will compare what we know about these forest creatures and consider primates which may give us insight to both Bigfoot and humans thought processes and intelligence levels.
Wolves and coyotes have definite social orders, and use complex communications which are mostly non-verbal in nature. They grow up in a pack, they function as a pack, and they learn from each other. But, is the learning by copying or is there an actual thought process? Can and do they think things through, weigh the risks, and decide upon the best course of action? Dogs are domesticated from wolf stock and therefore have very similar characteristics and intelligence levels. But, there is a genome difference between dogs and wolves known as CTNND2 which is also found in humans. This genome allows dogs to be less volatile than wolves. This mellowing of emotions allows the dogs to be more social even with species other than their own. It allows the dogs to accept instructions from teachers such as pointing to one of two cups. One cup has a treat and the dog quickly picks up on the instructions. This same learning process kicks in on human babies at about the 12 to 18 month age.
Nova produced a program called “How Smart Are Dogs?” I encourage the interested reader to watch the program. In this program a dog called Chaser has 1000 toys and knows each one by name. A new toy was slipped into the mix, and Chaser was asked to find the new toy only by a name which she had never heard before. She got it right.
It appears that wolves, and coyotes are pretty much on the same level, but dogs have taken one step further in evolution and developed the capability of accepting and remembering things taught from outside their pack. Wolves and coyotes do not.
In the next article we will discuss the primates, and the top of the food chain (most of the time) humans. We will attempt to relate it to just how smart Bigfoot may be and possibly answer some questions as to why does Bigfoot do what Bigfoot does.