Bigfoot "discovery" looks to be a hoax
August 18, 2008
Addressing the media Friday afternoon at a hotel in Palo Alto, California, Matthew Whitton, Rick Dyer, and Tom Biscardi showed reporters two blurry photos of what looked like a Sasquatch Halloween costume in a freezer, an out-of-focus picture of a chewbacca-like figure in the woods, and an email from an entomologist saying the DNA samples were "inconclusive", but at least a 96 percent match with a possum.
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Male orangutan in Borneo. Photos by Rhett Butler.
Media reports indicate that the men have presented at least two different accounts of how they discovered the creature in the backwoods of Georgia. They have refused to give the specific location fearing that it is an endangered species, although a company run by Dyer and Whitton may offer bigfoot sighting tours in the future.
"There's a lot of comment being made that it looks fake, or it looks like a suit," said Dyer. "But these people wasn't there when I was sweating, pulling this thing through the woods."
Biscardi, who has been associated with Bigfoot hoaxes in the past, also used the opportunity to plug his host Internet radio show about Bigfoot.
The promotional effort—which included a widely distributed press release prominently mentioning the name of a PR agency—raised suspicions that the whole thing was little more than a marketing ploy by the men.
A still from the famous 1967 Bigfoot film, which may or may not show a man in a gorilla suit. Courtesy of the AP.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Reserve spokesman Tom Mackenzie told the Associated Press (AP) his agency would not waste time or resources investigating the claims.
"It's not on endangered species on any list that we've got," Mackenzie was quoted as saying.
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