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Devious Viper
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Rumours of capture
« on: April 28, 2006, 02:20:42 PM »

The New Straits Times is reporting today that Wildlife Department officers in
Kuala Lumpur are believed to have tranquilized a juvenile "Bigfoot" in Kota
Tinggi two weeks ago.

The Johor government has classified their "Bigfoot" as a totally-protected species.

The creature also cannot be brought out of the State should it be caught without
the permission from the relevant State authorities.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 (Bernama)

The Malay daily Berita Harian today reported that a young Bigfoot was caught by
a group of 10 men believed to be from Perhilitan after it had been shot with a
tranquilizer near the jetty, about 70 km from Kota Tinggi, two weeks ago.

In JOHOR BAHARU, State Tourism and Environment Committee Chairman Freddie Long
said if it was true that the creature existed and had been captured, it should
be surrendered to the Johor government for further action including for research.

He was met after attending the State Executive Council weekly meeting at
Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim.

Devious Viper
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Re: Rumours of capture
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2006, 02:21:15 PM »
21 April 2006...

Malaysia denies capturing baby "Bigfoot"

Malaysian wildlife officials denied capturing a baby "Bigfoot," amid fevered
speculation over the existence of the mythical creature in the nation's southern
jungles. The Berita Harian newspaper reported that a young Bigfoot was caught by
a group of men thought to be from the Wildlife and National Parks Department
(Perhilitan) near the southern town of Kota Tinggi two weeks ago.

The paper quoted local residents as saying they had spoken to men who described
shooting the creature with tranquiliser darts. The locals then peeked into the
back of the their truck to see a large, hairy creature.

But the department's director-general Datuk Musa Nordin denied the report.
"During the period reported, Perhilitan did not mount any operation in the
area," Musa said in a statement carried by the official Bernama news agency.
Freddie Long, the Tourism and Environment Committee chairman in southern Johor
state, said that if a Bigfoot had been captured, it should have been given to
local authorities for research.

Bigfoot fever erupted last December when some workers claimed to have spotted
three of the beasts, two adults and a youngster, on the edge of a Johor forest
reserve. The tale was given wide coverage in the national press which also
carried stories of other sightings, some dating back decades, and printed
photographs of supposed footprints -- vague impressions in the jungle floor.

Local authorities treated the claims seriously, with plans for an official
expedition to track down the mysterious beasts, and setting up a telephone
hotline to report sightings.

Suggestions that the story has been cooked up to lure tourists to Johor have
been denied.