We live in an era where everyone in America is walking around with a world-class camera(phone) in their pockets. At some point, if Bigfoot was out there roaming around, someone would’ve been able to snap a picture of this hairy beast by now, right?
I wasn’t at all shocked to discover yesterday that the FBI had a file on Bigfoot. I was, however, surprised to see that they’d released the file after a FOIA request. The 22-page Bigfoot File from the FBI includes a tidbit about the testing of a piece of skin with hair on it back in the 1970s.
The 22-page file, made public following a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that the FBI agreed to test a hair sample “attached to a tiny piece of skin” obtained and submitted by the Oregon-based Bigfoot Information Center.
The letters show the group sent the sample after a 1975 report in the “Washington Environmental Atlas” referred to tests by the FBI Laboratory “in connection with the Bigfoot phenomenon.”
“Will you kindly, to set the record straight, once and for all, inform us if the FBI has examined hair which might be that of a Bigfoot; when this took place; if it did take place; what the results of the analysis were,” Peter Byrne, director of the Bigfoot Information Center, wrote in a letter to the bureau. “Please understand that our research here is serious.” (via)
According to the report, they did go on to test the hair after a follow-up in 1976 and determined that it was of ‘deer family origin’ which interestingly enough doesn’t close the case on whether or not it was from Bigfoot. We don’t know the genetic makeup of Bigfoot. For all we know his hair came from a stag.
But in a subsequent letter addressed to Byrne, dated Dec. 15. 1976, Jay Cochran Jr., assistant director of the FBI’s Scientific and Technical Services division, told him to send the sample to the FBI Laboratory in Washington.
“The FBI Laboratory conducts examinations primarily of physical evidence for law enforcement agencies in connection with criminal investigations,” Cochran wrote. “Occasionally, on a case-by-case basis, in the interest of research and scientific inquiry, we make exceptions to this general policy. With this understanding, we will examine the hairs and tissue mentioned in your letter.” (via)
The FBI’s response was short and sweet: “The hairs are of deer family origin.”
You can read the full 22-page report on the elusive Bigfoot who has said to have inhabited the woods of the Pacific Northwest over on Scribd:
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If Bigfoot is alive and well, or if there’s a family of Bigfeet out there, I’m sure they’ve moved out of the Pacific Northwest by now and north to the less inhabited (and colder) areas of Canada or even all the way up to Alaska. Oregon and Washington have more foot traffic than ever. A hiker would’ve spotted Bigfoot by now. (S)he’s definitely moved up north as far as I’m concerned.
For more on this release from the FBI, you can click here to visit Yahoo!