How does Bigfoot survive the winter? If they are like us, wouldn’t they freeze? This is a great question and should be addressed. Since we do not know much about the Bigfoot we would have to relate to the sciences biology, zoology, anthropology, and maybe even botany and try to extrapolate information to form theories of how the Bigfoot survives bitter winters.
Biology tells us a cryptid (unknown animal) such as Bigfoot would require large amounts of food, and that they are a mammal with a warm blooded system which means they would have to maintain a certain body temperature in order to not have any tissue damage to the extremities. Zoology indicates there are many large mammals that require large quantities of food, and they have learned to deal with bleak winters which drop well below freezing temperatures. Anthropology tells us that man has learned to survive the winter, and can withstand the most extreme climates in the world, but they did this by adapting their survival techniques to include making and maintain fire, structures for shelter, the use of protective clothing and storage of food. But botany?
There are indications that certain plants such as sage can enhance the resistance to cold temperatures. The study of these plants or plant medicinal values would be very helpful, and very valuable to primitive man and all animals. Yes, I said animals. An example is a K-9 (dog) knows the benefits of eating grass when their stomach is disorderly. Grass is a good laxative for them.
Going back to requirements for a large mammal to eat tons of food to survive the winter. There are several methods which are employed in nature, and we can look at the various forest animals to see how they prepare and survive the winter.
The first up is the common bear. Most bears are omnivorous which means they eat both meat and plants and they have an interesting method to prepare for winter. Bears do not truely hibernate, instead they mostly go in to a heavy sleep mode reducing their activity which would burn more calories/energy. They do wake up in the winter at various times and go out on good days to hunt or forage. To prepare for this heavy slumber, they need to overeat during times of plenty (non winter months). They do not rely on food storage. It is mostly the fat on their bodies that gets them through. However, they do seem to shift their diets towards meat in the spring while the forest starts to grow.
One item about the bears of interest which may relate to Bigfoot is their dens. Get deep enough into the earth, and the temperature equalizes to 55 degrees F regardless of the temperature outside. This temperature is very doable for any warm blooded creature with hair. In fact, it might be quite comfortable.
To Be Continued…