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Media Article # 219

Saturday, August 19, 1995

Airborne Search

San Francisco Chronicle

The world's only government-sanctioned search party for "Big Foot" is gearing up for a new survey that will link high-tech aerial equipment with observers on the ground. Earlier searches this summer led by Wang Fangchen, with a 30-member team from China's Committee for Research into Strange and Rare Animals, failed. While residents in Hubei province have reported 114 sightings and collected hair and footprints from the suspected "Abominable Snowman" during the past 40 years, no such evidence was found by the team. They will now deploy balloons equipped with infrared-sensing instruments 2,000 feet above the forest. "Any activities conducted by large-bodied mammals would be recorded by the apparatus." Wang told reporters.

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