Nature Trail

BigfootBigfoot
Could it be that a reclusive North American great ape (often nicknamed bigfoot) exists today?  To be up front, we are not out to convince people that this creature exists.  However, we have met folk in our travels who have personally told us what they saw.  In short, their accounts indicate something exists that fits the description of what is called “bigfoot,” “sasquatch,” “skookum,” or “yeti.” While there are accounts that would be hoaxes, in our opinion, there are far too many credible eyewitnesses to label all accounts as frauds or misidentifications.  Frauds certainly don’t help those researching the truth!  
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Woolly MammothMammoth
Mammoths are large mammals of the elephant kind that are commonly equipped with long, curved tusks.  This group of mammals is called proboscidean from the word “proboscis” which means “a hollow organ or tube attached to the head, connected with the mouth, of various animals; a snout; a trunk” [1913 Webster].  The proboscideans include elephants, mastodons, and mammoths.
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moose Moose
Moose (“elk” in Britain or “Eurasian elk” in Europe) are the largest members of the deer family, distinguished by the large palmate antlers of the males. They are mostly found in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia, and Russia. Their diet consists of vegetation from both land and water. Unlike other species of deer, moose do not live in herds and are usually slow-moving. However, they can become aggressive. The word "moose" first entered English by 1606. A mature male moose is referred to as a “bull” while a mature female moose is a “cow.” An immature moose, either male or female, is referred to as a calf. The size of an adult moose may reach nearly 7 feet at the shoulder, and the male can weigh up to 1500 pounds!
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bison Bison
Bison (commonly called “buffalo”) are of the “bovine” family, or cattle.  Both the word “bison” and “buffalo” are similar in meaning.  “Bison” is from a Greek word which means “ox-like animal” while the word “buffalo” reportedly originated with French fur trappers who called these creatures “bœufs” which means ox or bullock.  The term “buffalo” dates back to 1635 in North America and the use of “bison” was first recorded in 1774. These creatures weigh up to 2200 lbs. and are actually the largest land mammal in North America! They usually appear peaceful or lazy, yet they can attack anything often without warning or reason. 
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Bear Bears
Bears are large, powerful mammals of the family, Ursidae.  Common characteristics include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, shaggy hair, and large paws with five non-retractile claws.  While the polar bear is mostly carnivorous and the giant panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo, the rest of the 8 species of known bears are omnivorous (“all eater”) which means that they eat almost anything.  Grizzlies can weigh up to 800 pounds while polar bears can weigh over 1300 pounds and can run up to 30 miles per hour!  Bears are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
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pteranodon Pterosaurs
Pterosaurs (from the Greek ‘pterosaurus’ meaning “winged lizard”) are flying reptiles of the order Pterosauria. Their wings are formed by a membrane of skin, muscle, and other tissues that stretch from the ankles to a greatly lengthened fourth finger. Some species have long, fully toothed jaws and long tails, while other species have a highly reduced tail, and some lack teeth. Pterosaurs are said to have lived from a period of time called the “Triassic” to the end of the “Cretaceous” period, or in alleged evolutionary years, about 220 – 65 “million years ago.” Why do we say “alleged”? What if there are eyewitnesses who have seen pterosaurs alive today?
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petrified tree Petrified Trees
One may ask, “How can trees turn to stone?”  Does it take millions of years?  Interestingly, we don’t see the root systems attached to these trees.  Why?  Could it possibly be related to a catastrophe, with the trees not having grown where we find them?  The best explanation for petrified trees is the global flood that is described in the Bible. Trees would have been ripped up out of the ground at the beginning of the flood, then they would have floated around to be deposited somewhere later.  We see a small example of this today in Spirit Lake after millions of trees were blown down by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens (WA) in 1980!
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