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VANCOUVER, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Many people believe there are large, hairy monsters that live deep in the woods about 150 km east of the Canadian city of Vancouver which are called Sasquatch or Big Foot.

On Sunday, Xinhua reporters travelled into the mountains above the town of Harrison Hot Springs with a sasquatch researcher Bill Miller, who has been looking for the creature in these woods since the 1990s.

Miller claimed to have seen and heard the Sasquatch in the woods. He and a few other local experts have also interviewed countless eyewitnesses and pored over the existing evidence.

He said the best evidence is a short film recorded by Roger Patterson in Northern California in 1967 showing actual photos and footprints of Sasquatch.

Miller believes the Sasquatch stands up to eight feet tall, walks on two legs, and is covered in hair from head to toe.

According to Miller, there have been so many sightings of the Sasquatch in this area that the creature has become an identity of the local community. There's even a nearby provincial park called Sasquatch.

"We have people come from around the world and I'm always amazed about how many people have heard of the Sasquatch," he said, adding that he now takes people on tours of these mountains, trying to catch a glimpse of the Sasquatch.

Willie Charlie, from a local community, said the local people also believe in the Sasquatch as super-natural.

"We believe that the Sasquatch can transform his shape into anything. Moreover, some people believe that he can disappear or vanish, but our belief is that he can go from the physical world into the spiritual world," he said.

"Seeing the Sasquatch means you're blessed," Charlie added with a smile.

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