Sasquatch Footprints are fakes, says Dahinden
amateur and an academic are arguing over the authenticity
of some alleged Sasquatch footprints"
The plaster cast prints
were obtained last year shortly after a U.S. forest service employee,
Paul Freeman, claimed he saw an ape-like creature in a mountainous forest
area near Walla Walla, Washington.
The academic, Dr. Grover Krantz, associate professor of anthropology at
Washington State University, says the prints show skin patterns known
as dermal ridges that belong to a higher primate but not an ape or a human.
Krantz told a press conference here at the University of B.C. in Vancouver
that at the time, the plaster casts "may be the best set of prints
of a Sasquatch ever obtained."
However, the amateur, Vancouver's veteran Sasquatch hunter Rene Dahinden,
believed the prints to be faked. "I've talked to everyone involved
in this damn thing and I write it off I00 per cent. I'm damn mad about
it," Dahinden said in an interview Wednesday. Dahinden went to Walla
Walla earlier this year and interviewed Krantz, Freeman, a forestry service
officials, a game biologist and an experienced tracker with the United
States Border Patrol named Joel Hardin, known to be able to track a mouse
across a concrete floor. They looked at the reports and the photographic
evidence. Dahinden said he believes the prints are fakes because: pine
needles had been brushed away from inside the tracks; the prints of the
forestry staff at the scene sunk more deeply into the mud than the alleged
sasquatch print did; and a dog and horse brought to the area soon after
the alleged sighting showed no reaction to smell. "You can fool people
but you can't fool animals," said the sensible veteran Rene Dahinden.
"I don't have a PhD, I just use horse sense when I investigate these
He was also surprised that Krantz had not interviewed Joel Hardin, who
analyzed the prints and pronounced them clear fakes.
But Krantz, in a telephone interview last week said he didn't talk to
Hardin because he found some inaccuracies in the tracker's report. And
he insisted that he believed the Freeman Walla Walla tracks were genuine.
Dr. Krantz went on to say "The top fingerprint experts in the United
States have looked at them and say they are not faked and they are definitely
from a higher primate."
Article shared courtesy of Rene Dahinden to Bobbie Short, 1999.
© THE SUN, August
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