No Joke...It's the Law!
50 years ago today in 1969, Skamania County, WA signed into law Ordinance no. 69-01 to protect one of its more elusive residents.
After a significant influx of alleged sightings and massive footprints had flooded the area for two years in response to the 1967 Patterson Gimlin footage, the fine folks of the aforementioned county legislature were convinced enough to put something on the books.
Ordinance no. 69-01 made hunting Sasquatch a felony offense citing that if the creature did exist, it was an endangered species. They even declared themselves a “Sasquatch Refuge”. Within the county, hunting Bigfoot was punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and 5 years in prison!
Unfortunately to the chagrin of squatches everywhere, the ordinance was later amended in 1984 dropping the crime to a misdemeanor, punishable by only up to 1 year in county jail and a paltry $1,000 fine.
Despite the slight regression, these laws were a big step (pun intended) in the right direction for cryptozoological creature rights.
While it may be April Fool's Day, this one is no joke. And with legitimate laws on the books - one has to believe that Sasquatch might very well be real and kind of a big deal. Contact us now about capturing Sasquatch for your store today!
1967 Patterson-Gimlin Film
1967 Patterson-Gimlin film that shows (fast forward >> 2:35 mark) what is said to be a lady-squatch walking through a forest and turning back briefly to cut a disapproving look at her pursuant paparazzi. This shaky footage helped inspire the subsequent Sasquatch sighting craze that helped push the Skamania lawmakers to act.
Skamania County Bigfoot Ordinance No. 69-01