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Media Article # 39
Article submitted by Richard Noll

Monday, December 11, 2000

Bigfoot: Soul of a region

By Brett Oppegaard
Washington's Outer Limits

It's been a legend for years, but few realize that Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, gained official status in 1975. That year the Army Corps of Engineers published an environmental atlas that first recognized Sasquatch as a species indigenous to Washington state.

The $200,000 corps project found, among other things, that the big-footed animal is "covered with long hair, except for the face and hands, and has a distinctly humanlike form."

The corps described a Sasquatch as agile and strong, but so shy that it leaves "minimal evidence of its presence." It can grow up to 12 feet tall and weigh more than 1,000 pounds, eating mostly berries and small fish.

Acknowledging that the creature is the target of some debate; the atlas claims to base its findings on hair samples taken by the FBI that indicate an undiscovered creature.

"If Sasquatch is purely legend," the book concludes, "it's likely to be a long time in dying."

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