After a local college went Bigfoot hunting, a state senator introduced a bill nobody would have ever thought necessary

In October, an investigative reporter at KRQE in New Mexico uncovered a University of New Mexico-Gallup expedition that sought to discover Bigfoot. While that sounds strange, even stranger is the fact that the wilderness adventure was funded by taxpayers. That expedition let to a bill by a state senator that decried that tax dollars cannot be spent on "looking for or catching a fictitious creature." The bill defines a "fictitious creature" as "bigfoot, sasquatch, yeti, abominable snowman, pokemon, leprechauns or bogeyman."

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A view of the Loch Ness Monster, near Inverness, Scotland, April 19, 1934. The photograph, one of two pictures known as the 'surgeon's photographs,' was allegedly taken by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson, though it was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who, on his deathbed, revealed that the pictures were staged by himself, Marmaduke and Ian Wetherell, and Wilson. References to a monster in Loch Ness date back to St. Columba's biography in 565 AD. More than 1,000 people claim to have seen 'Nessie' and the area is, consequently, a popular tourist attraction.

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Former Royal Air Force pilot Tom Dinsdale displays a model he made of the storied Loch Ness 'Monster.' Dinsdale claims he saw the 'monster' and even made movies of it when he was at Loch Ness, Scotland, last April 23rd. He said he shot fifteen feet of film at a distance of about one mile showing the monster swimming and diving, in the waters of Loch Ness. The film was shown on television June 13th. Dinsdale said he thought the monster could be a type of large reptile, possibly an evolved form of Pleiosaur, an aquatic dinosaur that existed more than 60 million years ago.

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A series of 3 plaster casts taken from footprints suspected to have been made by a bigfoot in Vancouver, Canada. Never-before seen pictures show new evidence that the legendary Bigfoot exists and that they could build nests. Two pictures were snapped last month when experts on the creature - also known as the Sasquatch - came together for the first time in Russia. Dr John Bindernagel, 69 from Canada, was one of several world-renowned bigfoot experts invited to the week-long conference in Russia. He and others from the USA and Sweden met with their Russian counterparts to join forces and share evidence for the first time. During a two-day expedition through to the Kemerovo region of Siberia, wildlife biologist Dr Nindernagel and other members of the team examined two trees apparently twisted out of shape. The area is well known for sightings of the 'Wildman' - the Russian name for Bigfoot. Dr Nindernagel, who has studied Bigfoot for 40 years and has penned two books on the creature, said the trees corroborated with a new and emerging theory from North America that the Bigfoot might build nests using branches like orangutans and gorillas. Other pictures show evidence gathered by Dr Bindernagel over the years.

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Vintage engraving of The Kraken, as Seen by the Eye of Imagination, 19th Century. The Kraken is a legendary sea monster of large proportions that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland.

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Roman frieze showing centaur, mythological creature with the head, arms, and torso of a human and the body and legs of a horse.

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When KRQE first broke the story, the president of the university told the outlet that he didn't know about the expedition "until [reporters] contacted [the university]." The station interviewed Dr. Christopher Dyer, who told them, "I haven't seen it, but I've heard it. I've had a rock thrown at me one night I think." Professor Dyer held an on-campus conference in February of 2016 entitled, "Bigfoot in New Mexico: Evidence, Ecology, and Behavior," and following the conference, Dyer went hunting for the elusive creature. Taxpayers footed the bill for hotels, meals and mileage — a reported $7,458. State Senator George Munoz, who introduced the bill, said, "It's sad that we have to do this [...] and now we have to draft bills to stop [it]."

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