Bigfoot was killed more than a year ago, and now the mythical creature’s body is being taken on tour by his hunter, “master tracker” Rick Dyer. But was Bigfoot really killed or is the taxidermy body that people are shelling out money for as fictional as Rick Dyer’s story of how he killed the legendary creature? According to a Feb. 23, 2014, Houston Chronicle report, even after seeing the alleged dead body of the creature, some people are still not convinced.
Mario Lopez, his wife Julia, and their three children are some of the people who paid to see the legendary creature while on tour in Texas. "I'm not convinced," says Mario Lopez. "I believe the Roger Patterson footage is authentic because you can see the muscles and everything on there, but this one was kind of different.
The way Bigfoot was killed and now the way Bigfoot is being displayed have two things in common – how Rick Dyer explains it.
According to Rick Dyer, he lured Bigfoot on Sept. 6, 2012, with $200 worth of pork ribs bought at Walmart to a wooded area outside of San Antonio, Texas. When the creature came to rip off the pork ribs (which were nailed to a tree), he aimed his gun at the beast and killed it. The fact that it took more than a year for the public to see any evidence that he had actually shot the creature, Rick Dyer explained with the amount of time that he had needed to “scientifically” prove his successful hunt.
“I have been worried for so long. I have been put off for so long, and finally we went up to Washington (state) and we got the body. Every test that you can possibly imagine was performed on this body -- from DNA tests to 3D optical scans to body scans. It is the real deal. It's Bigfoot and Bigfoot's here, and I shot it and now I'm proving it to the world."
For the 800 people who paid to enter Rick Dyer’s trailer to see the dubious display of so-called Bigfoot at Trader's Village in northwest Harris County in Texas last week, Rick Dyer had another explanation of why people didn’t quite get to see the 800-pound beast that they had expected. As Mario Lopez and his family got to hear from the hunter, “after the autopsy the body kind of changes."
Bigfoot was killed. But even while being on tour in a nine-foot case in a trailer, Rick Dyer (who used to be a Las Vegas car salesman before making money off his Bigfoot stories) is telling his visitors the same words as always, "believe it or not, 't’s your choice."