Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 26, 2012

What's wrong with bagging a Bigfoot?

Do you think it's OK to shoot a unicorn?

Should hunters be allowed to bag dragons? And what’s the creel limit on Loch Ness monsters?

These questions might seem silly, but there are people who take them seriously.

And that may include certain wildlife officials in that state of New York — at least when it comes to matters related to Bigfoot.

I received an email the other day from someone named Peter Wiemer, who identifies himself as the director of the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo. Wiemer is apparently concerned that someone may shoot a Bigfoot in New York, perhaps even in his home base of Chautauqua County.

Wiemer’s worries seem to stem from a $10 million bounty recently offered by SpikeTV for proof of Bigfoot’s existence. Obviously, the only real way to document a Bigfoot is to produce one, dead or alive.

So SpikeTV’s bounty prompted Wiemer to write to wildlife officials in his home state, asking for an explanation of Bigfoot’s status in terms of protection.

Earlier this year, Wiemer received a letter from Mark Kandel, a regional wildlife manager with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Kandel noted in his letter that New York has no official record of Bigfoots (or is it Bigfeet?) in the state and therefore regulations do not directly address the animal.

However, Kandel added: “Because it is not addressed there is no open season on Bigfoot and they may not be taken. We are confident that the current laws and regulations afford adequate protection for Bigfoot if one were to be found in N.Y.

“Under the current laws and regulations you and others are 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.”

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