I’ve been reading blogs and posts the last few days concerning the NY DEC statements.
For some reason many think that since the DEC Biologist said Sasquatch does not exist, it has become open season on the Sasquatch. That NYS has condoned the killing and hunting of Sasquatch.
Absolutely false and to the contrary.
THIS IS WHAT DEC STATED IN THE OFFICIAL CLARIFICATION:
…the DEC does not recognize the occurrence of Big Foot in the state, therefore it is not addressed directly in our hunting regulations. Because it is not addressed there is no open season on Big Foot and they may not be taken. We are confident that the current laws and regulations afford adequate protect for Big Foot if one were to be found in NY.
Under the current laws and regulations you and others are free to pursue Big Foot for the purpose of documenting their existence provided none are harmed and you abide by the laws and regulations pertaining to trespass on private property and use of public lands.
Mark Kandel (August 13th, 2012)
Regional Wildlife Manager
NYSDEC – Region 9
That being said, it is clear from the DEC’s standpoint that if an animal or creature is yet to be discovered, in New York State, it IS, protected.
What Batcheller said was in regards to his opinion on the Sasquatch, and that in his opinion it does not warrant study by the DEC. Batcheller stated nothing about the laws and regulations, and truthfully, he is a Biologist, not the DEC’s arm of the law enforcement division which Mark Kandel is the authority in Region 9.
I hope everyone had a bountiful and blessed Thanksgiving yesterday, and my wish to you is for many more!
Till Next Time,