Is Bigfoot an Endangered Species?

If the Canadians have their way, the answer would be yes. According to Live Science a petition is being introduced into the Canadian Parliament that would place bigfoot under the protection of the Canadian version of the endangered species act. Says one member of parliament:

“The debate over (Bigfoot’s) existence is moot in the circumstance of their tenuous hold on merely existing. Therefore, the petitioners request the House of Commons to establish immediate, comprehensive legislation to affect immediate protection of Bigfoot.”

They may not exist but we should protect them anyway because of their tenous hold on merely existing? WTF? By that logic it could be argued that all mythological creatures should be protected because of their tenuous hold on merely existing.
Of course that member of parliament soon realized how loopy he sounded and changed his mind:

The petition soon became an embarrassment for Lake, who later issued a press release stating that the proposal had been tabled.
“I take seriously my responsibility to represent all of my constituents, regardless of whether or not I agree with their views. If a legitimate petition is brought forward by one of my constituents and deemed to be in order, I feel it is my duty to table it in the House,” Lake wrote. Lake also clarified that he never spoke in the House of Commons regarding the petition, nor did he endorse the existence of Bigfoot.

That hasn’t stopped some, however:

The fact that Bigfoot (or Sasquatch, as it is better known in Canada) have never been proven to exist is apparently not an issue for those who support such measures, nearly 500 of whom signed the petition. There is some precedent for the proposal: Similar quasi-legal measures protecting unknown creatures have been suggested or passed, for example protecting the Canadian monsters “Memphre” (of Quebec’s Lake Memphremagog) and “Caddy” (of British Columbia’s Cadboro Bay). “Champ,” the lake monster said to inhabit Lake Champlain, is “officially” protected by both the New York State Assembly and the Vermont Legislature.

Uh oh, I guess I snickered at Canada too soon, note that New York and Vermont have both done the same for mythical creatures. Since we are protecting mythical creatures, perhaps we can get God put on the endangered species list…


11 Responses

  1. I suggest that the “Protect Bigfoot” movement is really delightful. There are so many weighty issues that people in politics could really mess up…better that they protect Big Foot. I seem to recall that the Aussies have a preserve established by law to protect the Thylacine Wolf, even though the last know individual died 90 years ago and a wild specimen has not been seen in a century. But, just in case, let’s protect them anyway. Then too, here in New Mexico (the Land of Enchanment is our state slogan) we have Roswell, flying saucers (no tea cups) and their piloting alien intruders all nice and green, and find that they are marvelous for Roswell’s economy. Importantly, the aliens certainly provide a way to keep politicians busy doing harmless things rather than passing disasterous legislation. We even had our Congressional delegation demand an investigation of “hidden” government records related to alien intruders (from space, not Mexico). It was the magnificent late comedian Pat Paulson, a little remembered but real candidate for President of the United States, who ran on a ticket of promising to do nothing, so I will not ruin your life. If only more in politicians followed Pat’s lead, we would be much happier. It seems that our Canadian neighbors heeded Pat’s words.

  2. How does one protect Bigfoot?
    Presumably, you protect it’s habitat. A big animal like that would need lots of land area. I see this as a good thing.
    Dragons require even more space. There are convincing images in the 4th Harry Potter movie.

  3. If the Canadians have their way,…

    Please … a really stupid statement.
    I guess I can now take any of the late Jerry’s statements and state that, “Americans believe that …”??? This would make as much sense i.e. none at all.

  4. I was thinking the same thing. God is an endangered species.

  5. Huge piles of anomalous poo keep getting found out in the woods. They look nothing like bear poo, and primate proteins and DNA are found therein. Non-Human proteins and DNA.
    Now here’s a question for all you who say the subject of the Patterson/Gimlin film was a man in a costume. If we were capable of costume work like that back in 1967, why is costume work so unrealistic today?

  6. Where are these piles now, Alan? I love cryptoids, devoured Sanderson’s and Heuvelmans’ books on them, and have criticised some of the dumb reasons people sometimes give as to why bigfoot couldn’t exist, but as, I believe, Heuvelmans pointed out, the evidence in these matters tends to go missing for no particular reason. A cryptoid skull, considered to be vital to science, is allowed used by the expedition cook to store salt and then crumbles and is lost (actual claim); pile of bigfoot poo found, shoveled into a container to measure size, then not driven the 3 hours out to a lab (actual claim)… that sort of thing. Why does this happen, again and again? Where are those piles of poo?

  7. FYI,
    A bit of a misunderstanding seems to be at work in this post.
    In the Canadian parlimentary tradition, a Member of Parliament (MP) as a representative of his/her constituency is expected to introduce properly prepared petitions (say that three times fast) submitted to her/him by her/his constituents. The act of introducing a petition, simply puts the petition on record and is not indicative of approval by the MP who submits the information. MPs are not supposed to show a bias in the submission of petitions since they represent the view of constituents and to deny one petition over another would smack of political opportunism.
    In this case the MP quite properly introduced the petition to put it on record and then after some playful debate (as his collegues had some fun about the issue) the petition was tabled. The MP in qusetion did not speak in its favour and thus should not be held accountable for its contents.
    To sum it up, it isn’t his fault that one of his wacky constituents managed to get a whole lot of people to sign a petition, but once they had and formally presented it to him it WAS his responsibility to present it for the record.

  8. Scott – I stand corrected. I apologize to Canada.
    Blair – Thanks for the info. I think that petition submission thing would be an interesting innovation here in the US.
    Alan – Huge piles of poop isn’t all that convincing. I would expect, if Bigfoot existed, that there wouldn’t be that much more than from a gorilla or orang. Definitely not a “huge” pile.

  9. Afarensis,
    According to the reliable eye witness reports the animal is large. The two bits of footage that have not been positively identified as fraudulent each show a large animal. man is not the only bipedal ape to ever exist, and it would appear there is at least one other bipedal ape out there. I wrote up a long “reply” to a comment in this thread that hasn’t yet been made, but it looks like people are holding off. Which is a good thing all in all. Better a wait and see attitude than an unthinking response. The posting in question can be found here.
    My concern is as much with the use and abuse of science as with the existence of Bigfoot. It is the scientist’s role to investigate when there is something to investigate. We have yet to see anything to investigate when it comes to so-called paranormal abilities. While those items claimed as being of extraterrestrial origin have invariably proven to be quite Terrestrial in their provenence. Some cryptids are rather unlikely, but not all. i say we let researchers do research on the subject, instead of treating them as witless fools.

  10. Reading your longer post Alan. Just a quick suggestion for now. Louis Leakey did not discover the first australopithecines. Raymond Dart named Australopithecus africanus in 1925 as I recall. This was the Taungs skull, an infant. Dart is too frequently forgotten these days but was quite a remarkable and controversial fellow. An amazingly astute guy, he literally overturned the then traditional view of human evolution and provided the evidence that Darwin lacked when he oredicted that human evolution would be an African story. Also forgotten these days is the great paleontologist Robert Broom, who supported Dart and made many significant australopithecine discoveries as well, including the Swartkrans material, Paranthropus. Dart and Broom were less political and certainly not as effective seeking publicity as the Leakeys and later folks, but they were first.

  11. Afarensis,
    My apologies, I slightly overstated the petition requirements. I looked it up (a copy of the rules is on the attached site):
    Much to my surprise I discovered that an MP does not HAVE to submit the petition, it is just common practice that they do submit them. More reading confirmed that almost all petitions correctly submitted to an MP will be read into the record. Thus if the MP had been sufficiently cowardly, he could have shelved it to avoid the ensuing ridicule.

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