YOWIE'S, huge hairy ape-like creatures are roaming dense bush near Sydney, a Blue Mountains natralist claims.
Mr Rex Gilroy, of Katoomba, is convinced Australia has a Yowie-a creature similar to America's Big Foot and the Abominable Snowman of the Himalayan Alps.
Mr Gilroy has checked out more than 3,000 reported sightings of the strange beast over 20- years.) "I am certain there is a Yowie - a creature that lives in thick forests along Australia's east coast," Mr Gilroy said.
"There are between 400 and 600 of them and they are between 5-10 feet tall and weigh about 400 Ibs." Mr Gilroy is so convinced of the existence of the beast that he has a set up a "Yowie Research Centre", at the Kedumba Nature Display at Echo Point.
He said Yowies have been sighted by farmers, motorists, truckdrivers, bushwalkers, train drivers and even policemen in remote bush areas.