For years, there have been allegations that creatures only alleged to exist such as Bigfoot might have been acknowledged in some official capacity. Folks calling in to late-night radio programs have told odd stories of ape-like creatures being killed, only to be subsequently zipped-up in body bags and spirited off by "Men in Black."
Surprisingly, in the various literature pertaining to claims of cryptozoological monstrosities, such stories aren't that uncommon, really. But is there evidence that suggests governments like that of the United States has taken interest in such wild claims as well?
Perhaps this is indeed the case. Years ago, I remember being shown an odd pamphlet by a Bigfoot researcher which, although entirely speculative, seemed to endorse the idea that some folks in government--namely the Department of the Interior--had indeed taken the issue into consideration. The document, titled "Are We Ready for 'Bigfoot' or the Loch Ness Monster?" was allegedly issued as a Fish and Wildlife Service news release on December 21, 1977. Though I wasn't able to obtain a copy of the document or read it in its entirety at the time, fortunately it seems that I'm not the only person to acknowledge having seen it.
Writing for the Cryptomundo blog in 2005, Craig Woolheater wrote that he too had obtained a copy of the pamphlet, either online someplace or by having had it sent to him by another researcher. "I do not profess that this is a genuine document," he warned before sharing it's contents with Cryptomundo readers.
The document itself is rather lengthy, but below I've included a relevant snippet, which discusses how the eventual verification of the existence of such creatures may still one day be a possibility:
To be sure, no remains of today‚Äôs legendary ‚Äúmonsters‚Äù have ever been found. There are no living specimens in zoos or dead ones in museums. Most certainly, many ‚Äúsightings‚Äù of these creatures are exaggerated or misinterpreted reports, and some are downright hoaxes.
But finding a Loch Ness monster or Bigfoot is still a possibility, and the discovery would be one of the most important in modern history. As items of scientific and public interest they would surely command more attention than the moon rocks. Millions of curiosity seekers and thousands of zoologists and anthropologists throughout the world would be eager to ‚Äúget at‚Äù the creatures to examine, protect, capture, or just look at them.
The document (which can be read in its entirety by clicking here) goes on to discuss a number of scenarios in which dangers to the public could result from the discovery of cryptozoological anomalies, stating that "undisputed proof of a Bigfoot might cause an immediate, short-term problem no law could handle." What can be made of this strange report, and if it is indeed the genuine article, are the assertions made within a valid representation of what could occur, should Bigfoot's existence ever be proven conclusively?