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Sunday, October 10, 2010

LINDSAY SELBY: Job Vacancy - Bigfoot hunters wanted

Wanted: A team to look for Bigfoot 2010-10-10 13:20:00

Beijing, Oct 10 (IANS) A research association in China has launched a global recruitment drive to form a team to search for the legendary and elusive ape-like creature called Bigfoot.The Hubei Wild Man Research Association in Hubei province will launch the search in the Shennongjia forest region. Located in the remote mountains in Hubei, the reserve has long been rumoured to be the Bigfoot's home, the China Daily reported.The association, which comprises of over 100 scientists and explorers, is hoping the search could end the long-running debate on the existence of the 'half-human, half-ape' creature, said its vice president Luo Baosheng. Over 400 people have claimed to have seen Bigfoot in Shennongjia but no evidence has been found to prove its existence. They say the creature walks upright, is more than two metres tall in adult stage and has a gray, red or black hairy body.The association said the team members should be between 25 to 40 years old and with good physical health.They should also have a basic knowledge of biology and know how to use a camera.


Chinese researchers to relaunch 'Bigfoot' search By Katy Byron, CNN
Job: Find Bigfoot.

Scientists in China's Hubei Province have announced they are looking for additional members for its special team tasked with tracking down the creature.The Hubei Wild Man Research Association (HWMRA) is recruiting researchers internationally to join the group's search in the Shennongjia forest region, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.Luo Baosheng, vice president of the HWMRA, told Xinhua that the organization is comprised of more than 100 scientists and explorers who have been chasing the ape-like animal for years. The last time a organized search took place was in the early 1980s, Xinhua reported Saturday."Most importantly, we want the team members to be devoted, as there will be a lot of hard work in the process," Luo told Xinhua. Team members are also expected to be in good physical health and preferably 25 to 40 years of age, he added.The search for the phantom, known as the "Yeren" or "Wild Man" in China, will cost at least $1.5 million U.S. dollars, according to Wang Shancai, a member of the the group and an archaeologist with the Hubei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology. The group is seeking funding from various companies and institutions, Wang said.Chinese researchers have been searching since the 1970s. There have been more than 400 reported sightings of the half-man, half-ape in the Shennongjia area. In the past, explorers have found inconclusive evidence that researchers claimed to be proof of Bigfoot's existence, including hair, footprints, excrement and a sleeping nest, Xinhua reported.Witnesses say the creature walks upright like a human but is much taller, and is covered in hair head-to-toe. The search for Yeti is not restricted to China.People in the United States have been looking for years. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) claims it's the oldest and largest organization with the goal of finding Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch. The organization relies heavily on eyewitness reports from residents.According to BFRO's website, the animal began to be referred to as Bigfoot by journalists in the 1950s after a spat of sightings reported in northern California.


Dale Drinnon said...

Oh, crap, they don't want 55 year olds. Doesn't matter that I could beat most of those younger fellers nine times out of ten in a fair fistfight, hike farther, carry more weight or get by with fewer supplies that those others, either.

Oh well, I wish 'em the best of luck. Only they need to be aware: there's more than one kind of thing they are calling a Wildman and some of them would be a letdown to researchers if they were caught, because they would turn out to be KNOWN species. Always hoping for evidence of a living Giganto of course!!

Adam Davies said...

Having visited this area of China before for an episode of MonsterQuest,I came away with no doubt that the Yeren exists.It was also endcouraging to se how seriously the Chinese took the Yeren's existence.
One word to Dale-I don't think its a Giganto- its much slighter in build.If I had to guess ,based on the physical description of the eyewitnesses I met, its much closer to an Orang sub-specis that has evolved to walk bipedally.IObviously this has to be a huge gues at present. I hope we will all see though!