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The Creature Files

Posted by: Nick Redfern on June 5th, 2012

Thanks to the terms of Australian freedom of information laws, thought-provoking documents have surfaced into the public domain on some of the country’s most famous cryptids, including dozens of reports of both large and out of place cats, and a previously unseen account of the Australian equivalent of Bigfoot: the Yowie.

FOIA legislation has actually proved to be very useful in securing papers and data on unknown, or unacknowledged, animals in many countries, including England – where I’m originally from – and particularly so in relation to “big cat” reports and the Loch Ness Monster.

This is a useful avenue of research that may also open further doors here in the States. I know that the FOIA has occasionally turned up things of a cryptozoological nature over here, but it would be interesting to see a wide and intense effort undertaken to pursue just about every avenue available and determine what relevant data might be held by US agencies.

After all, who can say what might be buried in the depths of some dark and dusty, old, official archive…?

Nick Redfern About Nick Redfern
Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.


One Response to “The Creature Files”

  1. eyeofnewt responds:

    FOIA’s definitely worth a shot, but if you’re filing an FBI request, be prepared to wait a while. It took me 10 years to get the file on Moe Dalitz. When you see your request number reads something like #3,486,998 … that’s the number of requests in line ahead of you. First come, first served.



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