Apparently, NY is a hotbed for Bigfoot enthusiasm. There was an expo for bigfoot hunters at Chautauqua Lake. There are towns that try to legally protect Bigfoot and Bigfoot habitat. There was apparently some alarm when Spike TV offered a $10 million bounty on the beast. That resulted is someone hassling the DEC, which produced the following letter:
Dear Mr. Wiemer,
Commissioner Martens asked me to reply to your letter concerning the protection of an animal known to some as “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch.”
This 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.
On the other hand, New York State has a great richness of naturally occurring wildlife, and we work hard to ensure that these species are managed appropriately, including highly regulated hunting and trapping opportunities. We also work hard to restore and protect rare species. I wish you the best as you enjoy New York’s abundant wildlife resources.
Thank you for writing us.
Gordon R. Batcheller
Chief Wildlife Biologist
It’s nice to know that the DEC is thinking clearly on this. What’s frustrating is knowing that many New Yorkers will now believe in bigfoot just because the state bureaucracy said that he doesn’t exist, and they’re always wrong.