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With bigfoot hunter Rick Dyer, is America looking at a 'fool me twice' moment?

Rick Dyer, self-proclaimed bigfoot hunter, is trying awfully hard to convince people that he is the proud owner of a massive, hairy bigfoot carcass. But it just might be that most people find his antics pure theatre, like professional wrestling, and not in the least believable -- just fun to watch. Because it wasn't too long ago that Dyer tried to convince people he had another bigfoot body to display, and that highly publicized event turned out to be a poorly executed hoax. At least one professor thinks this go-round is a repeat offense.

The Christian Science Monitor reported Jan 7 that D. Jeffrey Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University and an expert in hominid locomotion, finds Dyer's claims suspect. "The thing has clearly been fabricated to depict a specimen that has been dissected," he asserts. "It smacks of images of alien autopsy."

Rick Dyer released a video showing a select group of people observing the cadaver of the bigfoot he says he shot in Texas. However, it does not show the actual bigfoot. But to satisfy skeptics, he also released a photo of the sasquatch. Resembling a hairy-faced Travelocity gnome with terrible cases of rosacea and psoriasis, the photo has been ridiculed as looking like a character from the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

But the bigfoot hunter insists his latest sasquatch is real. "Bigfoot is 100 percent real. There is no question about that," he told KSAT in San Antonio last week.

But there is a question "about that." And it stems from the 2008 "Georgia Bigfoot Hoax," where Dyer and Matt Whitton, a Georgia law enforcement officer at the time, attempted to sell a bigfoot costume in a freezer as a real, once-living sasquatch.

Dr. Meldrum thinks it "smacks" of "alien autopsy," a reference to the glamorized 1995 "documentary" film of the same name offered as proof of the existence of extraterrestrials and the government cover-up of same. And the rest of America? It is likely most will see it as a "fool me twice" moment, where the shame would fall upon those gullible enough to believe the same bit of foolishness a second time.

Is Dyer's new bigfoot, a hairy creature that he claims to have shot and killed while on a sasquatch-hunting expedition outside of San Antonio, Texas, in 2012 (a written account of which can be found on BigfootToday.com), just another hoax? It would seem so, but Americans love good theater, so they will most likely allow Rick Dyer to continue with his bit of drama, which now includes a video demand that Spike TV, which is the home network of "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," give him the offered prize for proving the existence of the legendary sasquatch.

Regardless, Dyer plans to take his bigfoot carcass on the road, of which he claims to have DNA evidence and various body scans to prove authenticity. He says he will prove he's the greatest bigfoot hunter ever and be vindicated (presumably of the 2008 hoax). He'll be touring North America, allowing the public to view the legendary man-beast.

For a fee, of course.

So where will the shame fall this time around?