A new video that seems to show a Bigfoot-like beast rearing up in a Utah brush patch is racking up millions of views on the web, but are there any compelling facts in the compelling footage? Beard Card, the YouTube handle of the man who purportedly filmed the video while camping with his family, says he first hit "record" on his camera to document what he thought was a black bear hiding in the bushes. Indeed, the video's tranquil first half has an off-screen voice whispering, "Do you think it's a bear?"
Beard Card estimated to Fox News 13 that the animal he saw was 2 or 3 feet taller than his 6-foot-tall brother. Black bears, the most common species of bear in North America and the only species that lives in Utah, measure between 5 and 7 feet tall when standing on their hind legs. Black bears rarely stand erect, but when they do, it's because something unusual in their environment seems to deserve a thorough investigation.
"A bear stands on its hind legs to get a better view and smell of the surroundings. This is not an aggressive posture, just a way to determine who or what piqued its interest," according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' website. Assuming that the subject of the new Bigfoot video is not an ordinary black bear that stood up to investigate a mysterious, mostly hairless primate roaming a remote area of Utah with a video camera, then another possible mundane explanation is that the video is a hoax, orchestrated either for kicks or publicity.