"We realized, over time," Harzan said, "that a small percentage of our cases mention odd creatures that cannot be identified. Fred has an extensive history of investigating cases with a Cryptoid connection - including the Bigfoot creature."
The UFO Flap of 1973-1974, in the southwestern Pennsylvania portion, included hundreds of UFO sightings that also detailed accounts of the Bigfoot creature on the ground.
Other Cryptoids are described in cases from around the country.
Saluga will be working in conjunction with the MUFON Communications Team to identify cases with a Cryptoid connection and work with the assigned Field Investigator to review and report on the case details.
"I look forward to working closely with Fred," Communications Director Roger Marsh said, "and eventually including his Cryptoid reports in our daily News Feed and across all of our communications platforms, including our Journal, website, Newsletter and "MUFON UFO Traffic Report" radio show."
In the past, MUFON has added other related areas of study including Abductions, Animal Mutilations and Crop Circles.
"Adding Cryptoid Studies to our investigation strategy is part of MUFON's on-going goal to expand how we review and study UFO cases," Harzan said. "Please welcome me in congratulating Fred for taking on this important study."