Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 1st, 2006
Reports yesterday from the Buffalo News that Hans Mobius had photographed a Bigfoot on his 100 acre farm in Clarence, NY last weekend.
Hans Mobius says he took this picture of a creature, seen behind Mobius’ utility tractor, on his 100-acre Clarence horse farm.
Hans Mobius swears up and down that last weekend, he saw – and photographed – a bizarre beast covered from head to toe with dark hair that walked on two legs, near a patch of dense woods on his 100-acre horse farm in Clarence.
Scientists and experts in wildlife, photography and Bigfoot say the photos are clearly phony.
"It’s obviously a man in a suit," said Dr. D. Jeffrey Meldrum, an assistant biological sciences professor at Idaho State University, who specializes in anatomy, evolutionary morphology, primatology and paleontology and has written extensively on Sasquatch footprints. Meldrum pointed out that the head is proportioned like that of a human being. He also pointed out the short, un-apelike arms.
"Look at the forearms," he went on. "There’s not natural taper at the wrist. It looks like a sleeve transitioning into a glove."
The hair, he added, "looks unnatural." "It disperses light like artificial fur would."
He also said that the series of photos show the creature standing in one spot while moving back and forth, rather than quickly running away.
"That raises real questions about the credibility of the photos," Meldrum said. "Is someone pulling a prank on him? Or is it him having a laugh, just killing time at others’ expense?"
Hoaxes make the serious study of possible Bigfoot-type animals extremely complicated, Meldrum said.
"It’s frustrating when people intentionally muddy the water with this type of thing," he said. "It gives the entire question a rather dubious character and that’s the biggest struggle: trying to promote serious interest in what I see as a large number of credible incidents in the forms of footprints and inexplicable hairs and things like that."
Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News
Hans Mobius doesn’t rule out the possibility someone may be playing a "Big Foot" hoax.
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.