Here are my thoughts on the photo:
-Hair looks to be coming out of the skin, not mottled clumps glued to a suit.
-The detail seen in the skin. Most notably, an apparent recent wound on the lower left trapezius, that looks to have had dermis exposed and then it healed over. The skin also seems to have dirt built up, with splotchy dark spots around the pores. This is caused by the oils in the skin, exuded out the pores and then having the dirt build up around the pores, getting trapped by the oil.
-The thinning gray hair, just as we'd find on an older human. If you were going to hoax, wouldn't it be easier to use so much fur, that you couldn't see skin and need to do all that cosmetic work to the skin to make it look realistic?
-The musculature, especially the deltoids and how the trapezius rise up to the base of the skull, leaving no visible neck.
-It could be a very well done suit or dummy. Hollywood make up artists can do this kind of stuff. BUT who would put in the hundreds of hours it would have taken to insert all that hair, one by one, into a latex form? Just to hoax a bigfoot blogger? Wouldn't you think they'd rather get the publicity of sending it to Fox News or CNN? To me, this is way too elaborate to be a hoax, considering the person they are trying to hoax. Why would a hoaxer, go to that extent to hoax Ms/Mrs. Hovey?
Please read more on her blog about how she obtained the photo. I respect the manner in which she communicates with the witness. To read more, click here.
So many want to tear a witness down. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to come forward with stories of encounters. In my eyes, RESPECT is first and foremost. Witnesses are where we learn the most from, until that time we are lucky enough to experience the same things the witnesses have, while we are out conducting field research. I don't think any of us really have. Not to the extent that some witnesses have. That's why we do what we do. We squatch.
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