There is also differentiation between "Sasquatch" and "Bigfoot".
Sasquatch is a name, Bigfoot is a term.
The word Sasquatch is a name given to a tribe of people in the PNW by the Salish Indians. There are other names as well, Omah, Bukuas etc. given by other Indian tribes for the same or similar beings.
"Bigfoot" is a term invented by a newspaper and is used to house a litany of different things with some common descriptive attributes. The term "Bigfoot" can be used to describe a number of creatures who may or may not have anything in common. Bigfoot can be a gentle giant, alien, primate, supernatural being, or even a creature you may want to take home as a pet. It can be a vicious blood thirsty monster or your best friend. Bigfoot is a media term and is used as an umbrella topic when discussing any unknown "creature" that appears to be upright walking or hairy.
Swamp ape, Skunk ape, Booger and monster are also terms.
In the south we have names given to specific creatures, such as The Foulk Monster, The Honey Island Swamp Monster, Beaumont Booger, Mobile Booger and so on. These are modern names given to a creature, usually regional or local, that has been seen at least enough to acquire a name. These also usually refer to a single creature even though many may have been witnessed within the local area. The "Skunk Ape' has been used as a name and a term, meaning it can be either. However the Seminole Indians have a name for the creature, "Esti Capcaki".
In the PNW there are many names but nationally and internationally the name "Sasquatch" is widely accepted.
When I discuss the creature in the south I rarely use the word Sasquatch, to me the Sasquatch is a PNW phenomena. I may use "Bigfoot" because it is a term that fits as well as any other. But is is not a name.
To my knowledge there are no Sasquatches in Mississippi where I live. There are swamp apes. This term has been used to cover the creature seen here. The closest name for the creature here would be the Cherokee name, "Kecleh-Kudleh" I do not know the Choctaw name. It would be more accurate.
Why is all this important? Because it identifies specifically what you are talking about. I can claim anything I want is a "Bigfoot". However I cannot claim something is a Sasquatch without making it fit the specific name.
For example, I can refer to a sighting of a upright walking hairy primate type animal that climbed to the top of a tree and flew away. I can legitimately call that a Bigfoot. It falls within the term.
However If i say a Sasquatch flew away no one would accept it. Sasquatches have never been described with the ability to fly. The name does not refer to a flying creature.
A name refers to a specific person or being(s). A term is all encompassing provided it meets most of the criteria of the described criptid.
This is the way I look at it. I use the term Bigfoot but I prefer not to because anything can be a Bigfoot and it has a different meaning to different people. Being in the media myself i have to use the term though i often find it inaccurate to say the least.
At MC Jim has given the creates there a name, he calls them Monsters. Though this is a term, it is descriptive. And can be used as a name as well. When he writes about them he refers to them as Monsters and when talking about an individual he uses the word, Monster. It has become a name. And as a term it can be used both ways.
However no one calls a Sasquatch a "monster" within their local area in the PNW. They may be referred to as "Monstrous" but it is not a name used.
For lack of a common southern term for these creatures, Monster, Swamp Ape, Skunk Ape and other terms are often used. However in the PNW specific names exist and are often used.