A lot of people actually do believe it is real. And for a lot of people who go out there to search for it, they are so desperate for it to be real or to get that scoop to prove it is real, that they go above and beyond what can be classified as ethical and commit hoaxes, or they are malicious and create hoaxes to fool other people. And sometimes people die or are hurt in the process. A Montana man dressed in a Bigfoot costume in an apparent attempt to provoke reports of sightings of the mythical creature was killed when he was struck by two cars on a highway. Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, in Northwest Montana, was standing in the right-hand lane of U.S. Highway 93 Sunday night when he was struck by a car, the Montana Highway Patrol said. A second car then hit him again as he lay in the road, authorities said. [Source] And in the US, with people with guns... To put it into some perspective in regards to guns, look up what Peter Mayhew and wookie costume and bigfoot. Hysterically funny story (and a bit sad) about his needing people with him in special coloured vests so he wasn't shot while filming Star Wars dressed as a wookie when filming the Endor scenes. These people are dedicated and literally camp out in the woods for months on end. I don't know whether to find it sad or admirable. Either way, there is no actual evidence, such as samples, DNA samples, bodies or a capture of one to prove its existence. I tend to always be dubious when people go out, supposedly collect samples and then have them tested in their own labs and say it is bigfoot and refuse to have it tested by independent labs or argue against results from independent labs which state it is a bear or another mammal and not bigfoot. There is also the fact that sometimes, these samples are clearly contaminated (such as the study which had bigfoot being human with 1% from a non-human species).