Bigfoot Encounters

Professor James Hare at the University of Manitoba
doubts Bigfoot videotape

Apr. 25, 2005 12:00 am

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Despite mounting excitement over a reported sighting of Bigfoot in northern Manitoba, a zoologist is warning people not to believe the hype.

"I would say I'm very skeptical, because indeed most of these purported sightings prove to be hoaxes in the end," said James Hare, a professor at the University of Manitoba.

"There is absolutely no credible scientific evidence of the existence of Bigfoot or sasquatch."

Many residents in the remote community of Norway House are thrilled about a two-minute, 49-second piece of videotape shot by ferry operator Bobby Clarke a week ago.

Hundreds of residents have visited Clarke's home to see the tape. Some say it shows a large, hairy creature walking in the Nelson River.

Clarke has stopped showing the tape and is hoping a media outlet will pay a lot of money for it, said a relative who did not want to be identified.

Clarke traveled to Winnipeg to look for a company that could enhance the video image.

The reported sighting has also caught the attention of Vancouver author and amateur Bigfoot researcher Chris Murphy.

"It could be a highly credible sighting," Murphy said. "Manitoba has had 35 sightings that we have recorded."

In some cases, hair-like samples have been found that have not been traced to any known animal, he said.

But in the end, Bigfoot believers have not been able to produce proof such as a skeleton of the creature.
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