New York rules out existence of mythical Bigfoot beast
The state of New York does not believe in Bigfoot, as the Department of Environmental Conservation has politely rejected a citizen's call for the state to develop regulations banning the hunting of the creature also known as Sasquatch.
"The simple truth of the matter is that there is no such animal anywhere in the world," the New York Daily News quoted the agency's chief wildlife biologist Gordon Batcheller as writing, responding to the request by Peter Wiemer, of upstate Maywood.
"I am sorry to disappoint you.
"No program or action in relation to mythical animals is warranted," the official added.
The New York Bigfoot question began in July, when Wiemer, the creator of the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo, officially requested protections for the creature.
In its initial response, the DEC said that Big Foot was not covered by its hunting regulations because the agency did not recognize Bigfoot's existence.
But the agency went on to say that the absence of regulations would protect Bigfoot should one turn up.
"Because it is not addressed, there is no open season on Bigfoot and they may not be taken," a regional wildflife manager wrote, seemingly tongue in cheek.
The bureaucrat said that Wiemer was "free to pursue Bigfoot 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."
When Wiemer asked the DEC for additional clarification of its position, the agency wrote the recent letter officially denying Bigfoot's existence.
The existence of the most recent letter was first reported by the politics blog of YNN, an upstate cable news channel.