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Man claims Bigfoot unveiling a ‘hoax’

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Believers worldwide eagerly anticipated the unveiling of a Bigfoot carcass last week in Palo, Alto, Calif.

But it’s a hoax, said Matthew Moneymaker, who has researched Bigfoot sightings people reported in the Uinta Mountains east of Kamas.

"We’re sickened that it got this far," Moneymaker said about the announcement that a thawed Sasquatch body would be shown to the press. "For this hoaxer, this is a final hurrah."

The Southern California-based Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, which is Moneymaker’s group, competes against Searching for Bigfoot Inc., which claims to have a carcass.

"We tried to warn the media about this a week ago On UFOs or anything you are going to have your credible people and you’re going to have your parasites," Moneymaker said in a telephone interview. "A hoax like this has never been this big This was in 500 newspapers around the world."

The 42-year-old said he investigated Bigfoot sightings reported on the North Slope of the Uintas last year.

"We had a couple of sightings," Moneymaker said about a Bigfoot expedition east of Kamas in July 2007. "People have been seeing them up there for years Our whole thing is to figure out specifically where there are sightings, and we know [the Uintas] is pretty reliable."

People pay $300 to attend trips with Moneymaker like the four-day expedition about 30 miles east of Kamas, which drew roughly 50 attendees.

"After we started doing expeditions and they became very popular, [Searching for Bigfoot Inc.] jumped into the scene," Moneymaker said about the competition. "Our expeditions were selling out and [they] literally thought [they] could set up a competing business."

The news last week spread quickly in Australia where Bigfoot sightings have been reported from the Blue Mountains area, he said.

"We’ll see the fallout of it and we’re hoping people don’t think there is nothing to the subject at all," Moneymaker said. "People really do see these things."

But they are more likely to hear Bigfoot that to see it, Moneymaker explained.

Believed to be nocturnal, Bigfoot can reach 10 feet in height and has been spotted by people in the day, Moneymaker claimed.

Bigfoot is sometimes described as a cursed incarnation of Cain, a figure in the Old Testament. But Moneymaker rejects supernatural myths that attempt to account for reported sightings.


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