The Japan Times, June 27, 1997

China reports finding footprints of 'wild man' in woods

BEIJING (Reuter) Researchers hunting for China's elusive, reclusive hairy wild man, similar to North America's so-called Bigfoot, may have found footprints of the legendary creature, the Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.
Hundreds of footprints resembling those of a manóbut much largeróhave been seen in the forests of the mountainous Shennongjia National Park in central Hubeh Province, Wang Fangchen, the head of the privately run Committee for Research on Strange and Rare Creatures was quoted as saying.
"We have made preliminary conclusions that they were left by two animals walking on two legs," said Wang, who has been hunting for the fabled creature for several years.
"The biggest footprint is 37 cm long, very similar to that of a man but is quite larger than man's, and is different from the footprints of a bear or any other identified animals," Wang said.
The creature that made the footprints was believed to weigh about 200 kg, he said.
Wang led a team of 30 scientists on a fruitless hunt through Shennongjia last summer and had vowed to resume his search for the fabled 2-meter-tall, red-haired humanlike creature, known in local folklore as China's wild man.