The Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo is exactly what it sounds like: a sasquatch convention. Though most of the amateur cryptozoologists are in it to document and preserve, surely there are some rogues out that who would love nothing so much as a Bigfoot head above their mantel. So Peter Wiemer, founder of the Bigfoot Expo, has been in touch with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, trying to get the sasquatch declared an endangered species.
Last month, Wiemer received what looks like a DEC form letter, if form letters existed for fake animals:
"Because it is not addressed there is no open season on Big Foot and they may not be taken. We are confident that the current laws and regulations afford adequate protection for Big Foot if one were to be found in NY. Under the current laws and regulations you and others are free to pursue Big Foot for the purpose of documenting their existence provided none are harmed and you abide by the laws and regulations pertaining to trespass on private property and use of public lands."
A few weeks later, Spike TV announced a $10 million bounty for proof of Bigfoot's existence. Since the so-called experts seem eager to ignore the countless photos and footprints that have been documented, it's clear that only a sasquatch corpse will do. So Wiemer again pressed the DEC to clarify its Bigfoot policy.
Its response, obtained by YNN, is below. The highlight:
"The mythical animal does not exist in nature or otherwise. I understand, however, that some well organized hoaxes or pranks have occurred, leading some people to believe that such an animal does live. However, the simple truth of the matter is that there is no such animal anywhere in the world. I am sorry to disappoint you. However, no program or action in relation to mythical animals is warranted."
This is disappointing, to both those who want Bigfoot protected and those who want Bigfoot dead. Chupacabra hunting season remains open.