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Hunter claims he tracked, killed Bigfoot
Hunter claims he tracked, killed Bigfoot

A self-proclaimed Bigfoot hunter claims to have shot and killed the creature and says he will tour the US with the body to prove his claims.

Texan Rick Dyer claims to have shot Bigfoot on September 6, 2012 and last week released a picture he said was of the creature.

On his website, Mr Dyer says: "I tracked a creature. I shot it," he said. "With tears in my eyes, I watched it take its last breath."

"Bigfoot is not a tooth fairy -- Bigfoot is real," he told TV station KSAT in San Antonio.

"The most important thing to me is being vindicated, letting people know that I am the best Bigfoot tracker in the world and it's not just me saying it."

Mr Dyer says he lured the creature into a trap using ribs from a local Walmart that he nailed to a tree, the New York Daily News reports.

Dyer said his hands went numb as he aimed the gun at Bigfoot after it ripped the ribs off the tree and walked away.

"That night Rick Dyer became known as 'The Best Bigfoot Tracker in the World' and changed history the way we know it," the account proclaims.

Mr Dyer has been linked to a previous Bigfoot hoax when his claim to have found a body turned out to be an ape costume.

This time, he says it's fact: "It is the real deal," he told the station. "It's Bigfoot and Bigfoot's here, and I shot it and now I'm proving it to the world."

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