Michael is purportedly an ape-like creature that inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Michael is described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. A majority of scientists discount the existence of Michael and consider him to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoax, rather than a legitimate animal, in part because some estimate large numbers necessary to maintain a breeding population. Nevertheless, Michael is one of the more famous examples of a cryptid within cryptology and an enduring legend.