THE FBI were called in to probe whether or not the legendary Bigfoot was actually real, newly released documents reveal.
The top secret papers disclose scientists from the organisation even carried out scientific tests on “hair or fur” said to be from the mythical apeman.
Peter Byrne, then the director of the Bigfoot Information Center, wrote a letter in 1976 asking that the FBI “set the record straight, once and for all”.
His call came after it was reported the bureau had analysed hair or fur that was not identifiable as “that of any known creature on this continent“.
FBI Assistant Director Jay Cochran, who headed the bureau’s lab division at the time, responded that he was unable to find any records of such an examination, the papers reveal.
However, Byrne, then requested an examination of what he saw as an exciting new sample of Bigfoot fur.
“We do not often come across hair which we are unable to identify and the hair that we have now, about 15 hairs attached to a tiny piece of skin, is the first that we have obtained in six years which we feel may be of importance,” Byrne wrote.
Cochran responded saying while the FBI usually focused on criminal investigations “in the interest of research and scientific inquiry, we make exceptions to this general policy”.
What is Bigfoot and does it really exist?
Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is said to be a giant ape-like creature that is said to roam the Northwest of the US.
There is scant evidence such creatures exist, but Bigfoot buffs are convinced they do – and science will one day prove it.
While most sightings occur in the Northwest, the mythical creatures have been reported all over the country.
The most famous image of a Bigfoot is from a film taken in 1967 by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in Bluff Creek, California.
It shows a huge dark, man-sized and man-shaped figure lumbering through a woodland clearing.
While widely considered a hoax, it remains to this day the best evidence for the existence of Bigfoot.
“With this understanding, we will examine the hairs and tissue mentioned in your letter.”
The sample was then analysed to check its “structure and thickness” before being compared “with hairs of known origin under a comparison microscope”.
However, the eventual results were not as Byrne had hoped, reports CNN. “It was concluded as a result of these examinations that the hairs are of deer family origin,” Cochran later revealed.
The FBI made public 22 documents from it records archive on Wednesday – including its bulging 22-page Bigfoot file.
Peter Byrne’s web page says that he “has always had an interest in the unknown and the mysterious” since his father used to tell him bedtime stories about the Yeti of the Himalayas.
The page reveals he first started looking for the Yeti in 1946 when he was still in the British Royal Air Force in Bombay, India.”
Speaking on Wednesday, the 93-year old said he hadn’t given up hope in tracking down Sasquatch adding “it’s a great challenge”.
A photo on that page also shows him “with the famous Yeti scalp” at a temple in the Himalayas in Nepal in 1958 and a massive footprint of a possible Bigfoot.
Byrne said that over the past 50 years he has also found two or three sets of possible Yeti footprints left in tracks in the Himalayas.
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