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Park authorities have been forced to issue a statement because of supposed Bigfoot sightings.
Posters warning that Sasquatches may be lurking have popped up in state parks all across Pennsylvania, USA.
In a statement he possibly never expected to make, Wesley Robinson, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), assured parkgoers there was no cause for concern.
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He said: “These signs were not posted by DCNR.
“We have seen them at parks for months and they are removed when they are reported or found by staff because they have not been authorised.
“We have seen them at many parks, but I don’t have a number for how many parks where the signs had been posted.”
To make absolutely clear that a hoax was afoot, he added: “Bigfoot is not real.”
The Bigfoot warnings used a fake DCNR letterhead to give them a sense of legitimacy.
There was also a Spanish translation on the posters to make sure everybody understood that hairy beasts were about.
The warnings read: “Warning! Due to encounters in the area of a creature resembling ‘Bigfoot,’ we are instructing all park visitors to observe elevated park etiquette, be cautious of your surroundings, and to keep the location of any small children/pets within a tighter scope of awareness.
“Do not approach the creature!
“Report any sightings to a ranger, front office or to the DCNR Office of Missing Persons.
“Do not post sightings on social media.”
Not only has the DCNR never received any confirmed Bigfoot reports, it also doesn't have an Office of Missing Persons.
The parks authorities aren't the only ones annoyed by the hoax either, with genuine Bigfoot hunters taking issue.
Mary Fabian, founder of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Project, moaned on the organisation's Facebook group that any hoax "damages the work that we do".
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She wrote: “We must bring out the truth. We work with facts and science.
“This makes fun of us just by the fact of it being fake.
“There is no header, no footer, no signature or legislative reference. It screams ‘Hoax’ and minimizes all that we do to maintain credibility in the public eye.”
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