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Sorry sasquatch fans- it's bison hair

Scientists who analyzed a hair sample found near a Sasquatch sighting in Yukon say the material came from a bison, not the legendary bigfoot.

Scientists who analyzed a hair sample found near a Sasquatch sighting in Yukon say the material came from a bison, not the legendary bigfoot.

University of Alberta scientists studying the sample say the tuft of hair produced a "100 per cent" match with known bison sequences.

"It also bore little similarity to other groups of mammals such as primates or carnivores," said Dr. David Coltman, a wildlife geneticist at the university in Edmonton.

The hair sample gained worldwide media attention after a group of Teslin residents said they found it after sighting a sasquatch, or bigfoot, near the community earlier this month.

Witnesses claimed to have spotted a large, furry, human-like creature late one night that left behind broken tree branches, a large footprint, and the hair clump.

Reporters packed conference rooms in both Edmonton and Whitehorse to hear the results of the DNA sequencing done on the sample.

Not only was the hair from a bison, it was from a long-dead animal, said Coltman. The DNA was highly degraded and of very low quality, said the researcher. It was either exposed for a long period of time to moisture and sunlight, or came from a hide that had been tanned.

"This is not to say this could not have been stepped on by a sasquatch," joked Phillip Merchant, a wildlife technician in Yukon.

Merchant said if necessary, geneticists could track the source of the hair down to what bison it came from, if the animal had come from Yukon. But he said the matter was likely going to go no further.

"Let's let this thing die a natural death," he told reporters. "Let the world move [on]."