One thing TriState Bigfoot has to do while investigating for Bigfoot is to determine if enough food and water are available to support the species or to determine if it is just passing through. Water is very plentiful in Ohio and surrounding areas so that is almost always a given. Food is also plentiful almost all year long if you know what to look for. Without having teeth or anything to determine their diet than I’m going to assume they can eat pretty much anything a human or coyote can. Remember they live in the wild and are adapted to more bacteria than us. This information could also prove useful if you found yourself in a survival situation. Remember, always cook and boil for us!
Basically any live animal can be eaten. Some better than others, but possible. Bigfoot obviously does not cook every meal but would have to avoid the digestive track of all animals to avoid from becoming sick if they're anything like us. The most popular item of Bigfoot researchers is deer. The most important part being the liver. It’s pretty much a meal in itself and very tender. So if it’s alive it is fair game. Don’t forget to add worms, crawfish, frogs, and fish as easy meals from creeks.
Bugs are everywhere! We can survive on bugs in a life or death situation. Some you need to avoid. If it is on feces or a dead animal then do not eat it. If they sting or bite than do not eat. The ones that are hairy than you should leave them alone. Bugs that are bright green, yellow, red or orange you shouldn’t eat. Remove the legs and wings before eating. We would need to boil first to remove all poisons.
If they pass all these tests than it is possible to be eaten. I would pass on stink bugs as well. Other than that if you can get past the shell and taste, enjoy!
Vegetation can also be eaten and is everywhere. Basically if it grows in a garden it can be eaten. Any popular fruit trees and plants such as apples, pears, peaches, blackberries, grapes, etc. can be eaten. The next section will cover some of not well known plants you can eat.
Maple: The seeds are edible. Usually you throw them up in the air and watch them like a helicopter. The inner bark is also edible.
Cattails: Anything green in the plant can be eaten. The roots being the best part. The cones at top when green can be cooked like corn and eaten.
Mushrooms: Not all mushrooms are edible. Morels or Sponges are edible. Know what you are doing before you even try this. There are false morels that look similar but are poisonous. Keep in mind we know nothing about Sasquatches and they may not have to play by the same rules as us.
Dandelions: I remember making salads out of the green stems as a little kid. Do not eat the yellow flower.
Pine trees: Nuts in the pinecone and the needles are high in Vitamin C. Humans, boil the cones to get the seeds out.
Nuts: Crack open and enjoy walnut, chestnut, hazelnut and hickory nuts. Buckeye nuts are poisonous and are required to be boiled and leached for human consumption. For a Bigfoot it may be possible as their diet. Squirrels eat them but cattle do not.
Violets: The leaves on these beauties can be eaten raw.
Persimmon: The fruit is edible but you do not want to eat unripe. It will make you pucker for a while.
Paw paw: The fruit it bears is excellent and is similar to Banana.
Spicebush: Bright red fruit.
Day Lily: Can eat the leaves, bulb, and even boil the flower.
Jerusalem Artichoke: The growths are edible.
Sassafras: Blue fruit is edible.
These would be the most popular to support Bigfoot in Ohio. Most researchers speculate that 5,000 or more calories a day would be needed to support a full size Bigfoot.
By Keith Kinney, Lead Investigator