I first discovered the existence of this law a few years ago while conducting an online search shortly after noticing the new and improved resurrection of cable televisions infatuation with cryptozoology and the seemingly insatiable appetite exhibited by the general public for this mysterious and fascinating subject. The legend I'm referring to was born shortly after the now famous Paterson - Gimlin video surfaced in 1967. A brief 60 second film which portrays an unusually large, bulky being covered almost entirely in hair walking away from the two witnesses and strutting into the dense wooded area of Northern California known as Bluff Creek. The being walks confidently yet with great haste as it peers back over its shoulder to get one last look at the intruders who infringed upon his or her secluded world. Was it real? Was it a man in a suit? we may never find the answers or uncover that definitive piece of evidence which would unveil the truth, and to be honest, I think some of us would like it to remain this way, an unsolved yet fascinating mystery.
Whether it's cryptozoology or discussions of intelligent life on other planets in distant galaxies light years away, the ever evolving twists and or turns this subject matter has undertaken in an effort by some to freshen it up is always presented in the most intriguing manner on the most popular of cable networks. Partly rooted in speculation and myth, and partly standing on firm factual ground backed by seemingly genuine physical and or photographic evidence, clues of which I'm confident the vast majority of us have not examined up close or in person. But never the less, we presumably take the researchers words as genuine and accept these truth seekers as knowledgeable and trusted sources.
This leads me to the following law which will be displayed here so everyone can read it and ultimately draw their own conclusions, this ordinance is one part of the deep, intriguing mystery which is apparently rooted in fact. The law was enacted by one county in Washington State as a proactive measure to ensure the safety of this unknown being which may or may not even exist. I was utterly fascinated when I became aware of this ordinance that protects an intangible, possibly non-existent thing. Unless I'm missing something, to my knowledge it has yet to be definitively proven as real or tangible in any way shape or form, hence, my curiosity in regard to the law which is on the books.
The ironically perplexing thing is, I found the existence of this legislation to be more intriguing than the pressing question of whether or not this gigantic, bipedal, primate type animal this law protects actually exists. The quest by some adventurous individuals to prove or disprove a mythical entity or being is one thing, but the thought process and brain storming session that obviously took place by elected officials which led to debate and ultimate passage of certain pieces of legislation that require a coherent political body's up or down vote, is yet another. Here is the obscure and some would argue absurd law. If you haven't seen it previously, I think you're in for a real, or possibly even surreal treat.
UNDISCOVERED SPECIES PROTECTION ACT
- Whereas, there is evidence to indicate the possible existence of an undiscovered species a primate mammal variously described as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, an ape-like creature or a subspecies of Homo Sapiens; and
- Whereas, reported recent and past sightings, research by anthropologist, Dermatologist, biologist, forensic experts, cryptozooligst, independent organizations, private individuals and the famous chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall support this possibility, and
- Whereas, the absence of specific laws covering the slaying , taking, trapping or harassing of said specimens encourages laxity in the use of firearms and other deadly devices and poses a clear and present threat to the safety and well-being of persons living or traveling within the boundaries of the creatures habitat as well as to the creatures themselves,
- Whereas, For the safety of all , the carrying or dispersing of firearms requires a sense of responsibility to all surrounding individuals and animals . It is the shooters full responsibility to correctly identify the species before the taking of aim and or the killing of a species, therefore ignorance will not absolve the shooter of said charges.
- Whereas, be it resolved that any premeditated, willful and wanton slaying harassing or any malicious activities upon such creature shall be deemed a felony punishable by a fine not to exceed One hundred Thousand Dollars ($100.0000) and/or imprisonment, not to exceed ten (10) years
- Whereas in the event of the slaying or capture of said creature any and all (moneys) proceeds and revenues shall be donated to a state college for future studies and or the protection of said creatures. The rights and physical possession to the said creature shall also be immediately donated to a state college, for further studies.
If this is the first time you've ever seen this you're probably asking yourself the EXACT same question I did within a few short seconds after reading and digesting it. And of course that question is, who does Bigfoot know and how did he/she manage to get this law onto the books without even attending a single city council meeting or spending a single solitary presidential portrait to promote or convince the appropriate legislative body to enact an ordinance which would protect his/her entire species? A very puzzling question indeed. Realistically, it usually takes years of hard work, dedication and due diligence by a tangible individual or entity to even get a political body to give you half an ear let alone initiate the first steps in a long drawn out process of crafting and ultimately drafting a measure like this onto legal parchment. So the questions remain, Who is Bigfoot?, Who does he/she know?, and how much does he/she charge for a retainer?
And why hasn't the Leprechaun Lobby been as successful in their efforts? After all, if precedent set by the above Bigfoot law is 'Subspecies' of the human race, everyone knows the Leprechaun is without a doubt a SPECIES not a sub SPECIES as is the Yeti and Sasquatch, and they have no protective laws. Furthermore, according to legend, they are certainly not lacking in monetary resources, last I checked the price of gold was nudging its way right through the ozone layer on its way to the outer reaches of the our solar system. And why hasn't the Leprechaun retained the services of Bigfoot who has a proven track record of success and obviously knows how to get the job done? So here's the dichotomy, we have a state legislative body taking preventative measures to protect a species which is of unknown origin and possibly non existent, but on the other hand, there are no laws on the books that I'm aware of to protect the Leprechaun, an undeniable bona fide member of the human race.
The logic or lack thereof is mind boggling to say the least. A fascinating subject which I'm sure will take many more years to decipher and understand so during the interim, if you need solid, competent legal representation with respect to a pending action, Bigfoot charges a Big Retainer Fee, but it's well worth the money or gold spent.
ptangier on May 23, 2013:
Also a regulation enacted is Whatcom Co. Washington 1992 #043-92
BTW the regulation for Skamania Co. was enacted after several sightings in 1969 hunting season so the county authorities enacted the regulation.
Alternative Prime (author) from > California on October 19, 2010:
Hi gmmurgirl, good to see you & thanks for the comment...
Yes indeed the MYSTERY continues to this very day. Ever since that grainy black & white film popped up seemingly out of nowhere....A large bipedal human like figure walking briskly away from the camera and toward the forest....Intruiging to say the least....
More recent research & investigation was supposedly performed on the film which apparently reveal more evidence. those who researched were experts in their respective fields of study....One additional piece of evidence discovered is that the figure in the 1967 film stands roughly 7'6" TALL...At least that's their claim....In any event the mystery lives on.
Shan Moore from Philippines on October 19, 2010:
Great insight Alternative Prime. I totally dig this article since I love mysteries, and believe that there are still many things in this world humans are not ready to comprehend, yet. I remember watching a cable show a few weeks back featuring the 'Sasquatch', sadly I never got to finish it. It's nice to find some interesting laws through your article. Thanks!
Alternative Prime (author) from > California on October 16, 2010:
Hi Beth100, Thanks for stopping by,
I thought it was interesting & intruiging to say the least, hence the reason for this hub. In the process of more research and evidence gathering on this and other possible "Non Existant" animals/species and or distant relatives of us, the "Human"??
I think everyone realizes it's an extreme long shot to uncover definitive proof supporting the existence of Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti, but it's always a great mystery to follow....There's some interesting Laws & Ordinances on the books here in the U.S. and around the world...I intend to explore a good number of them in the future.....
Thanks Again for stopping by...
Beth100 from Canada on October 15, 2010:
This is interesting.... I wonder how many other ordinances exist on the books about non-exisitng (or unproven) animals/species on this planet? I'd be interested in your further findings. And, as for real or not real, anything is possible. Just because we don't have it in hand does not mean that it doesn't exist.
Alternative Prime (author) from > California on October 09, 2010:
Hi tipoague, Thanks for stopping by & the comment...
And yes, absolutely "Fascinating" to say the least!
To answer your question, where can this info be found? To start with just google "Undiscovered Species Protection Act" ( Add "Bigfoot" to the end & you should come up with even more sites.
From what I could gather this Ordinance was enacted in 1969 shortly after the Patterson/Gimlin film surfaced showing "Bigfoot" walking away as he (she?) reared her G-Q ready head for all the world to see.
It's been one of the most intriguing and fun subjects I've ever investigated and I'm still in the process of researching for a possible future update, so if you come across any other pertinent info please share with the rest of us.
Tammy from USA on October 09, 2010:
I'm just curious what website did you find this on? This is facinating. Thanks for posting!
Alternative Prime (author) from > California on September 21, 2010:
Welcome couturepopcafe & thanks for stopping by & following,
Yes it always seems as if there's only one photo of Sasquatch but apparently there are many in existence.
The one above seems to be the most popular I assume mainly because of the photo angle and perspective. You can see just about every anatomical feature in that one pic. arms, legs, hands, side, face etc.
And before we go any further I think you may have solved the decades old mystery with one single swipe of your pen.
Most experts agree the photo used in the above Hub depicts a female due to the appearance of breasts. And you clearly stated that a woman would never be caught dead in a Sasquatch suit. 'Case Closed' Sasquatch does exist!
But seriously, It's not a Federal Law but apparently an ordinance enacted by one county in Washington State.
I'm going to do a little more research on the subject because I think it may be in the amendment process. I'll try and do a follow up in the future.
So what's your honest opinion? Which way are you leaning? Real or Not?
Alternative Prime (author) from > California on September 21, 2010:
Hello alqx and thanks for stopping by!
You've articulated some interesting points & observations which can often lead to very stimulating conversation, one of the main reasons I published this hub!
As we all know ever since the Patterson/Gimlin film surfaced back in the late 1960's this subject has taken off like a nonstop 747 flight to Zeta Reticuli, a very long journey and the end result unknown. Here we are over a half century later and the mystery deepens with each piece of new evidence discovered yet the questions still remain. Not just in regard to the validity of this particular piece of film footage but to the more universal or broader question of wether or not it truly exists.
Is Bigfoot REAL? Like that 747 flight, we may never find the answer. But as I stated in the hub, what I found most intriguing and the aspect which really peaked my curiosity is the prompt and almost immediate legislative action taken shortly after the Patterson/Gimlin film became public.
It's a good example of how a city, county, or state legislative body can come together in a timely manner to get the job done when it really wants to. Legislative efficiency....
Thanks again for stopping by and 'following'....
couturepopcafe on September 21, 2010:
Is there only one picture of Sasquatch? Every time I see a picture of him, he's in the same position, looking at the camera. And it is a him. No girl would be caught dead in that outfit. You say this is a federal law? Nancy must be jealous she doesn't have one of her own - a law that is. If the thing does exist (there have been so many sightings) I think we'd want to keep it from the idiots on the block. Hey, there was a time when we didn't think a lot of things existed or were true.
alqx from Singapore on September 20, 2010:
From what I see, the main purpose of the law is to protect humans in the vicinity.
1) Some evidence (however dubious) and rumour suggests that an ape-like creature exists.
2) This may encourage people to hunt for that creature and shoot it if found.
3) Since this ape-like creature is described to have some likeness to a human, anyone who hunts a creature of that description poses a threat to other humans in the vicinity as he might mistake other humans as his sought-after target.
4) To reduce this threat, the idea of hunting the ape-like creature has to be discouraged.
5) Thus, a law should be created to impose penalties on anyone who causes harm to the ape-like creature.
Note that the ape-like creature does not even need to exist for this logic to make sense. All that is required is convincing rumour (a video?) of the ape-like creature and a significantly good chance for a human to be mistaken as the ape-like creature.
As for Leprechauns, I suppose no one has ever given convincing evidence/rumour that would start a massive hunt of Leprechauns. Either that, or Leprechauns are not thought to be easily mistaken with humans.