We are relaited to apes but they don't have constitutional rights. What would be the difference?
The sasquatch mtDNA is identical to humans, while the nuDNA is that of an unknown hominin. What they are testing is a hybrid. As far as I know there are at least 3 different types of sasquatch out there the samples they have are all from this one hybrid type.
The samples came from a variety of places and sources. Most of it is hair, some is scat, and the other is tissue.