Hunter Rick Dyer says he shot and killed a Bigfoot, and is now preparing to take its body on a tour of America
It's kind of a step up from the boy who cried wolf. In this case, it's a man who cried Bigfoot.
There's one big difference between this story and the many others where people claim to have seen the dubious tall, hairy creature that allegedly roams the forested regions of many countries. Dyer has previous Bigfoot-related credibility problems.
According to KSAT.com, Dyer has finally released an image of a beast he claimed to kill near San Antonio, Texas, in September 2012.
The only prior evidence Dyer has ever released until now about this incident was a short, grainy video that he claims shows a Bigfoot standing right outside of his tent near a wooded area on the outskirts of San Antonio. His website contains a haphazardly written account of the alleged Bigfoot encounter and subsequent killing of the animal. In fact, the date of the report is carelessly listed as "September 6, 20102."
Perhaps it's really about some distant future Bigfoot encounter.
In an interview from February 2013, Dyer said, "Bigfoot is 100 percent real. There's no question about that. I'm going to go down in history as the best Bigfoot tracker in the world," reported San Antonio's KSAT-TV.
"I nailed ... pork ribs from the WalMart down the street to the side of the tree, and low [sic] and behold, he came and started eating the pork ribs off the tree," Dyer said.
It was while the creature was allegedly feasting that Dyer supposedly grabbed his cell phone and videotaped him/her.
Here's that video, including enhancements that attempt to clarify the creature.
When the animal reportedly returned, Dyer claims he shot it. He then says he transported the dead Bigfoot to an undisclosed location.
Dyer now says that he had scientific tests performed on the hairy body, "from DNA tests to 3D optical scans to body scans. It is the real deal. It's Bigfoot and Bigfoot's here, and I shot it and now I'm proving it to the world."
But, where are those DNA and 3D optical test results?
The problem with all of this is a previous case where Dyer was apparently involved in what turned out to be a Bigfoot hoax in 2008. An alleged Bigfoot body -- that Dyer and an associate claimed to have -- was exposed as a rubber ape suit.
Credibility is supposed to be the most important thing if you're trying to convince the world of something as questionable as Bigfoot. And when you fool the public once, it's not easy to get back into their graces.
Dyer says he'll hold a news conference shortly to reveal the full Bigfoot body and test results.
Let's not hold our collective breath.
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