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US Forest Service Bigfoot warning turns out to be a hoax

By T.K. Randall
July 2, 2023 · Comment icon 10 comments

Suffice to say, the warning notice wasn't real. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Carlstak
An alleged official warning about 'Bigfoots coming from the high country' in Arizona has been exposed as a prank.
Given the complete lack of official recognition regarding the existence of large hairy hominids roaming the remote forests of the United States, it came as something of a surprise when a Facebook post claiming to be from the US Forest Service recently made reference to the cryptid in a suspiciously matter-of-fact way.

"Bigfoot Warning!" the notice read.

"Attention campers: due to the increased flow in the Kern River, the Bigfoots are coming down from the high country to feed on fish and vegetation at the rivers (sic) edge."

The notice even explained what campers should do if they happened to run into one of these creatures, emphasizing that they should avoid running away or yelling at it.
As it turned out, however, the notice itself was nothing more than a prank.

For one thing, the US Forest Service is never likely to post up such a warning given that it does not recognize Bigfoot as a real creature. For another, the Kern River isn't even in Arizona.

"We believe this was done as a humorous gag," a spokesperson told USA Today.

"If and when a Sasquatch is sighted by officials on National Forest System lands, we'll be sure to use official Forest Service letterhead."

Source: USA Today | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pellinore 1 year ago
Well, colour me surprised!
Comment icon #2 Posted by tcgram 1 year ago
Geez, I go camping once and forget my hair gel and razor.....
Comment icon #3 Posted by Trelane 1 year ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by Resume 1 year ago
You don't say . . .  Harte, do your stuff.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 year ago
So we're relying, at face value, on what U.S. federal agencies publicly acknowledge, or react to, to determine our reality.  Got it.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Trelane 1 year ago
When it comes to mythical beasts, yes.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Resume 1 year ago
Not to mention that because of the ubiquity of hoaxing in footie folklore, it is a most parsimonious explanation.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Antigonos 1 year ago
What they were reacting to was an obvious prank. You might have picked up on that since  the Kern River, where the “Bigfeet” were allegedly congregating, isn’t even in Arizona.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 year ago
The anti-bigfooters have gotten to you.  We're going to have to ask you to leave the website.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Tatetopa 1 year ago
So are you relying on the prankster that posted the sign to get media hits so you can watch commercials on their site?

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