Jan 14, 2022 I Nick Redfern

Bigfoot, Yeti and Government Records: What Do Agencies Really Know of These Hairy Giants?

Over the years there have been rumors to the effect that elements of the U.S. Government have taken quiet and careful investigations of the likes of Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, and more of a large, hairy and ape-like type. Let's have a look at some of the examples of this undeniable strange-but-true saga. Let's begin with the Yeti. For the evidence, we have to go back to 1959. Specifically to November 30, 1959. The location: the U.S. Embassy at Kathmandu. It was within the heart of the embassy that an undeniably weird document was carefully and quietly drafted. Its title: "Regulations Covering Mountain Climbing Expeditions In Nepal – Relating To Yeti." The document was put together by a man named Ernest H. Fisk. His official position, at the time, was that of Counselor of the Embassy. Certain criteria for seeking and hunting the Yeti had been laid down. The document notes that anyone who wanted to set off in search of the Abominable Snowman had to obtain a legal permit from the government officials in Nepal. The files reveal that Fisk considered it perfectly okay to photograph a Yeti. But, shooting at, and even killing, one of the creatures was a definitive no-no. Unless, that was, "in an emergency arising out of self defense." And there was more to come. The U.S. Department of State made it very clear that any photos taken, and which appeared to show one or more Yetis, had to be handed over to the Nepalese government at the very earliest opportunity. In addition, legislation was laid down which asserted that any and all data that might conceivably throw light on "the actual existence of the creature" was not to be given to "the press or reporters for publicity without the permission of the Government of Nepal." Fisk came straight to point: "These regulations are to be observed."

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Now, how about the legendary Minnesota Iceman? Here we go: Frank Hansen was a man who gained deep notoriety when, in the 1960s, he maintained that he had acquired the deceased remains of an unusual creature, one that appeared to be part-human, and part-ape. There were problems from the start. Not the least of which was from whom, precisely, Hansen had acquired the body of the beast. The initial story was that the well-preserved corpse was found – floating in a block of ice, no less – in the ocean waters off of Siberia. Reportedly, it was seen, bobbing up and down in the freezing water, by the crew of a boat in the area, who wasted no time hauling it aboard. That’s all well and good, and maybe it’s exactly what happened. On the other hand, maybe it’s not what happened – in the slightest. A second story links the body of the Iceman to Hong Kong, rather than the waters of Siberia. It’s a story that maintains the corpse was found in a Hong Kong deep-freeze and secretly dispatched to the United States. A further theory, that the creature was shot by U.S. troops at the height of the Vietnam War, continues to circulate. In that scenario, the body of the Iceman was secretly shipped/smuggled back to the United States in a body-bag by U.S. troops. Other theories circulated: Suspicions that the beast was actually slain in Bemidji, Minnesota by a hunter, Helen Westring, or was the special-effects-based work of one Howard Ball, who was employed by the Walt Disney Corporation, also did the rounds for a while. Regardless of the origin of the Minnesota Iceman, the word was that the body finally made its winding way to a still-unknown figure in California, one with a sizable amount of money to allow them to purchase the potentially priceless remains.

To his concern, Hansen learned that the FBI was checking him out. Why? Because of concerns that what Hansen had on display was not an ape, or an unknown animal, but a human of some kind. The FBI’s reasoning was simple. There were numerous laws governing the transportation, as well as the importation and exportation, of human corpses. So, the FBI wanted answers. Sanderson (far more proactive in this area than Heuvelmans) felt that by having people in authority examine the body would confirm it as a human being (of some sort), as an unknown creature, or as a money-making hoax. An examination was the very last thing Hansen wanted. The image of the Feds knocking on his door had Hansen coming out in a cold sweat. Hence why the switch took place. We know that the FBI definitely took an interest in the saga of the Minnesota Iceman. What we don’t know, though, is to what extent.

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How about the U.S. government and the dead bodies of Bigfoot creatures? Check out this: On May 18, 1980, a devastating natural disaster created an entirely new landscape across a specific portion of Washington State. We are talking about the eruption of Mount St. Helens, which killed more than four dozen people, as well as thousands of wild animals. Within the domain of cryptid ape investigations there are longstanding rumors that the calamitous event also took the lives of more than a few Bigfoot, something which, allegedly, elements of the U.S. Government and military sought to keep under wraps. Several of the bodies, Bigfoot researchers have been told, were reportedly found on the 105-mile-long Cowlitz River, in the Cascade Mountains. Military Chinook helicopters were said to have been flown into the area and later exited with the corpses of several large, hairy, ape-like animals hanging from powerful nets strung beneath the helicopters. Their destination remains unknown. In 2012, a story surfaced from a former National Guardsman who maintained that he was actually on-site when at least some of the Bigfoot recoveries occurred – under cover of extensive secrecy. Incredibly, he claimed that not all of the retrieved Bigfoot were dead – some were burned and injured, and a few critically so. Particularly outrageous is the claim that the military had assistance from one or two unharmed Bigfoot that helped guide military personnel to the site where the injured, hairy giants lay!

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(Nick Redfern) Files, files and even more files...

There are many more rumors of this type, something that doesn't surprise me. More files to surface? Based on what we know now, it would not surprise me...

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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