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Was it Sasquatch? DNA test will tell
Lab to examine hair found after reported Bigfoot appearance in Canada

Reuters
Updated: 6:53 p.m. ET July 25, 2005


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The debate over the existence of Sasquatch, a k a Bigfoot, an ape-like creature said to haunt the wilderness of western Canada, among other places, has entered the world of modern DNA testing.

A laboratory will test hair samples that several residents of Teslin, Yukon, say were left when the large, but so-far mythological creature made a late-night run through their community in early July.

University of Alberta wildlife geneticist David Coltman, who agreed to do the tests as a favor to a colleague, said Monday that scientists have cataloged the DNA of nearly all large animals in the Yukon such as bears and bison.

“So we’ll compare it to all of that, and if it doesn’t match anything, then it’s potentially interesting,” said Coltman, who suspects the hair was actually left behind by a much more mundane Yukon bison.

“If Sasquatch is indeed a primate, then we would expect the sample to be closer to humans or chimpanzees or gorillas,” Coltman said.


The legend of a large, hairy, two-legged creature lurking in the mountains of western Canada and the United States dates back to before Europeans settled the continent. This was the second report of the creature near Teslin in just over a year.

In the latest sighting, a group of Teslin residents told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. they heard branches cracking and saw a large human-like creature run by a house. It left behind large footprints, they said, and the hair tufts that were given to wildlife officials.

Coltman expects to have his results Thursday and said that even if the hair turns out not to be from a Sasquatch, the process should serve as a good way to get students interested in the field of DNA testing.

“It’s sort of like a wildlife CSI story,” he said.

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Supposedly there is a bigfoot running around the woods near our house. All I remember is that they said someone stumbled across something big, hairy, fast and that screamed like a child.Now, I am a skeptic when it comes to bigfoot. I find it much more likely that a hunter who had too little sleep (or too much whiskey) stumbled on a cougar and cubs.

But hey, who knows.
 

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tough123" Supposedly there is a bigfoot running around the woods near our house. "
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So where is "our house"??????

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Gee Junkie why did it take all this time to figuire this out ,do you suppose they do not trust their specimen??????
 

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Wiz.. I have no idea.. science like gov is weird
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Because of you Junkie and the info you sent I will be able to sleep the first time in 72 years.
 

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Gunjunkie, there is supposed to be one running around Penfield. I was talking to a fella that was dozing out a gas well location nad he claims he saw it. I'll believe in bigfoot when I can stick my finger in the bullet hole in one.
 

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Here in NY state we might elect a primate to the senate. We already have two pigs.
 
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