DNA reveals possible presence of Sasquatch in Northern Ontario

Posted: April 1, 2013 - 11:02 , by Dave Ireland
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ROM Biodiversity geneticists have identified primate DNA that can not be linked to any living or extinct animal within the ROM, or any other natural history museum's, collections.  The fragment was found during a Black Bear study in Northern Ontario over the weekend.  Biologists place hair traps within Black Bear habitat, hoping that the slow and hungry bears, just awakening from long winter hibernations, walk past the barb wire posts leaving behind a few hairs that can be later analyzed at the ROM.  DNA is extracted from the hair and helps scientists underastand the population dynamics of bear. Studies help manage bear populations in or near established towns in northern areas, which critical to sustainable hunting programs and understanding other bear-human interactions.  A group of graduate students were out early Sunday morning, March 31st, and found what looked like Orangutan hair.  "We thought at first it must be a large domesticated dog or perhaps a joke", saya lead scientist Alfred R. Wallace, "but once the sample was further analyzed late last night, it was clear that we had stumbled upon something quite new".

Indeed, ROM scientists may be the first group to isolate DNA from  the mysterious animal known as the Sasquatch - a large ape-like animal thought to be a part of a remnant megafauna during the last ice age, some 12,000 years ago.  Mammoths, saber-toothed cats and the Giant Beaver would have shared a range with this creature, says Wallace, but that it "remains alive and well" means that Sasquatch populations must have found what scientists refer to as refugia among the changing climate.  

The entire ROM Biodiversity field team has converged on Timmins Ontario this morning and is working with local wildlife authorities to quarantine the area, some 50km squared.  Wallace says that if indeed a live Sasquatch is found, it will be automatically listed under the Federal Species At Risk Act as "critically endangered".      

More information will be provided this afternoon.

   Sasquatch crossing sign at highway

Comments

Comment by Ron Hanson

Was your article entitled "DNA reveals possible presence of Sasquatch in Northern Ontario" an April Fools prank? There are people, myself included, who are, sincerely and with good intentions, attempting to contribute to a mounting accumulation of evidence that we hope will motivate serious academic consideration of the existance of the Sasquatch. I have a good sense of humour but fail to find your article funny if that is what you intended.

Comment by Dave Ireland

 

Dear Ron (Aaron, Cindy and other Sasquatch Researchers), 
 
Please accept our apologies if our April Fools Prank was taken the wrong way.  I have reached out to both Cindy and Aaron, and would be pleased to go offline with you Ron, to further explain our intentions and position on this subject.
 
My contact details are here, or you can find my Staff Page on this website.
 
Regards - Dave Ireland, Managing Director, ROM Biodiversity