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Man plans to take B.C., Alberta to court in order to prove Bigfoot exists

One man's quest for species recognition.

Standing encouraged naysayers to watch his documentary titled Discovering Bigfoot, which he said shows ‘crystal clear video evidence’ of Bigfoot’s existence.

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Standing encouraged naysayers to watch his documentary titled Discovering Bigfoot, which he said shows ‘crystal clear video evidence’ of Bigfoot’s existence.

Bigfoot is real. Period.

At least, that’s a statement Todd Standing has dedicated his life to proving, and he’s about to take his quest to the top – all the way to the B.C. Supreme Court, in fact.

Standing told Metro the court presides over a province inhabited by the species commonly referred to as Sasquatch and wants their government to acknowledge their existence.

He plans to present physical, forensic and video evidence, eyewitness testimony from wildlife biologists, wilderness experts, and more in a court of law to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the Sasquatch resides within the forests of British Columbia – and, eventually, Alberta and the U.S.

The former Calgarian and dedicated Sasquatch tracker also plans to enter a documentary that he claims has ‘crystal clear video evidence’ that Bigfoot exists as evidence in the Supreme Court case.

“I have so much evidence, this is way beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Standing, who has been learning how to track the elusive creatures for more than 12 years. “I’m going to prove Sasquatch exists, and I’m going to prove that I can take people out and show them a Sasquatch.”

Standing’s Notice of Civil Action to the B.C. court accuses the province of dereliction in its duty to manage and protect the wildlife within its borders, and asks the court to order a government representative – likely a wildlife biologist – to accompany him on a tracking expedition so he can prove once and for all that the elusive creatures inhabit the Kootenays.

“This seriously requires more investigation. It’s irresponsible that nobody’s taking this seriously,” Standing said.

He routinely takes people into Bigfoot territory (said to include Nordegg and Banff, in Alberta) and told Metro many of them are willing to testify about their own experiences in court – including Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University.

Meldrum accompanied Standing to the Nordegg area in 2013 and said afterwards he was convinced there was enough evidence to warrant a thorough search for the species.

“The footprint evidence for me is overwhelmingly compelling,” Meldrum previously told Metro.

"That there is a species out there that is, as yet, unrecognized, unacknowledged by science, and that evidence alone would justify, in my mind, it motivates me; it has convinced me that the search for this species is absolutely justified and long overdue.”

However, Meldrum refused to classify the animal as ‘Bigfoot’ or ‘Sasquatch’ because it "connotes a position of faith or the acceptance of something in the absence of evidence."

"And my position is one where I am convinced and I am motivated to pursue this question based on the evidence that I have examined,” he told a reporter in 2014.

Standing said he’s also planning similar civil cases in Alberta and the U.S. state of Washington.

But don’t take his word for it – Standing encouraged naysayers to watch his documentary titled ‘Discovering Bigfoot,’ available on Netflix later this month.

“This is huge,” Standing said. “I’m going to prove Sasquatch is real. Period.”

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