Self-proclaimed “master tracker” Rick Dyer gained national attention in 2008 for perpetuating a Bigfoot hoax but Dyer says he’s spent the past few years trying to redeem himself by finding a real Bigfoot! And all it took was some Walmart ribs, which were dipped in deer urine and burned just the way Bigfoot likes ’em. Dyer shot the hungry beast in San Antonio, Texas back in 2012. The body has spent the past year having its authenticity verified by an undisclosed university in Washington. A DNA test confirmed it was an “unknown” species but they’re apparently media shy.
“The university is not releasing it to us yet,” Dyer told the Daily News. “They are in no rush. We would love it to be released by now but they’ll release it in due time.”
Dyer has released videos and photos of the creature on his website Bigfoot Today, which lists its weight as 754 lbs and height as 7 foot 10 inches but its understated genitalia are simply listed as male.
Skeptics can see it for themselves when Dyer takes “Hank” on a national tour starting on Feb. 6 in Flagstaff, Arizona. You can also witness the entire hunt, which was filmed by award winning documentary director Morgan Matthews. Shooting Bigfoot is making the rounds at film festivals, though Dyer is hoping that the tour will raise enough money for a national release.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are already putting their foot down about killing Bigfoot, if in fact he does exist.
“The bottom line is, when someone sees a rare, exotic animal their first instinct shouldn’t be to shoot and kill it,” PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt told The Houston Chronicle. “Just because you see something pretty, that doesn’t mean it should be mounted on your wall.”