He continued, “Since I found two of these bears at either end of the Himalayas, it is reasonable to imagine there are others. We are planning an expedition to find one in the wild and study its behavior.”
Based on the Himalayan accounts, the mysterious bear could behave more aggressively toward humans than known indigenous bear species. The hairs were golden-brown and reddish-brown in color.
Sykes and his team hesitate to put the nail in the coffin of the Bigfoot legend, but the case for this mythical, 7 to 10-foot-tall man beast has weakened yet again.
Prior research found that supposed roars and screeches from “Bigfoot” were calls of coyotes, which vocalize in complex ways, and Barred owls. The latter’s hooting call, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, sounds like someone saying, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?”
In a commentary published in the same journal, Norman MacLeod of London’s Natural History Museum writes, “Cryptozoologists must now either accept the findings of the Sykes team or show where they are in error. Mainstream zoologists must also now recognize that, in the case of hair samples, the claims of the cryptozoological community are now amenable to scientific testing and potential verification.”
Brian Regal, a historian of science at Kean University, did not work on the study. He has lectured before on the Bigfoot, the Yeti and other myths.
“The monster enthusiast community has long used the crutch of supposed scientific indifference or even conspiracy theories about 'science' intentionally suppressing evidence of cryptids; the Sykes study ends that,” Regal told Discovery News. “The responsibility is now on the monster hunters to get the material science can study. At this point, that seems unlikely to ever happen.”
Sykes shares that the journal paper reveals only part of the project’s findings. The rest will be in his upcoming book, “The Yeti Enigma,” which will be published in September.