CBC.ca reports on the capture by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of a real, live Sasquatch:
Mounties in eastern Manitoba have nabbed a strange, hairy monster that has been stalking campgrounds in and around the Whiteshell Provincial Park for the past two summers. Police received the call around midnight on July 30 from a woman who had been startled by the beastly creature while camping… “This was further to about 10 calls we had last year of the same incident in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, so the members were aware of the type of person we were looking for,” Staff Sgt. Glen Reitlo told CBC News Wednesday…The creature turned out to be an 18-year-old Winnipeg man wearing a hairy gorilla mask, which Reitlo described as “ugly” and “scary.” …Reitlo said the man was not intoxicated when nabbed by officers; he apparently had been camping in the area over the past two summers and simply enjoyed the prank. His victims were less impressed. The woman who complained gave the man quite a tongue-lashing, Reitlo said.
The Canadian Sasquatch, better known in the US as Bigfoot, is thought by believers to be representative of a species (or several species) of gigantic bipedal hominids distributed throughout the world, and known by many names, including the “Almas” in Mongolia, the “Barmanou” in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the “Skunk Ape” in Florida, and of course the ever-popular “Yeti” or “Abominable Snowman” in Tibet and Orange County.
The unnamed and “not intoxicated” man might want to watch what he wears, if the fate of Don Martin’s Fester Bestertester is any indication — the esteemed Mr. Bestertester got his ass kicked by abominable snowmen for the promotion of National Gorilla Suit Day. Of course, that’s only one of the hazards facing counterfeit Sasquatches. This debate over at the Sasquatch Research Initiative is a straight-faced discussion of “to shoot or not to shoot,” in which they’re not talking about photography.
Image of Bigfoot Sculpture by Cameron Gainer of Queens at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY via Wikipedia.