A Bigfoot hunter who claims to have killed one of the legendary creatures nearly a year ago has released photos of the alleged Sasquatch’s body.
The incident, which was featured in a documentary called "Shooting Bigfoot," had only been described in a grainy video clip provided by Rick Dyer. On Thursday, he released photos of the creature he says he killed in San Antonio in 2012, KSAT reports.
“Bigfoot is 100 percent real -- there's no question about that," Dyer said.
Dyer says he shot and killed a Bigfoot in a wooded area near Texas Highway 151 in early September 2012. According to Dyer’s website that recounts the alleged hunt, he had heard of the creature’s existence from several accounts of homeless people living in the area.
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Dyer decided to lure the creature by buying ribs at the nearby Walmart and nailing them to the trees.
“Bigfoot ripped the ribs off the tree and casually started to walk away. Every four or five steps, it did the ‘classic Bigfoot’ look, turning its head every few seconds,” Dyer wrote on his website. He said he took the fatal shot with a rifle after Bigfoot allegedly knocked over his friend.
Bigfoot’s body, Dyer said, was sent in for testing. Recently it was recovered, allowing him to take and share a photo. Dyer also published a video showing people allegedly reacting to seeing the body – although the alleged corpse is never shown in the shot.
"I have been worried for so long. I have been put off for so long, and finally we went up to Washington (state) and we got the body," Dyer said. "Every test that you can possibly imagine was performed on this 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."
Dyer isn’t the first Bigfoot enthusiast to claim he has seen the mythical creature. In May, a Pennsylvania man called 911 after he said he saw Bigfoot. In February, a group of Colorado researchers claimed they found scientific evidence to confirm Bigfoot’s existence.
“This DNA is like nothing else in the world,” researcher Dave Paulides told CBS Denver. He says Bigfoot is about 7 to 8 feet tall, weighs between 800 and 1,000 pounds, and travels in packs.
The legend of Bigfoot has existed in many cultures around the world. In North America, the legend of Bigfoot is believed to have been part of Native American lore for hundreds of years.
Despite the number of skeptics who doubt Bigfoot’s existence, believers stand firm that Sasquatch is real.
“It’s easy to say a lot of things are crazy. If you lived underground your whole life, the belief that 400 people could fly in a plane would sound crazy,” Paulides said.
"Bigfoot is not a tooth fairy; Bigfoot is real," Dyer said. "The most important thing to me is being vindicated, letting people know that I am the best Bigfoot tracker in the world and it's not just me saying it."