Folks have been coming across Bigfoot warnings around Pennsylvania stating that there have been "encounters" in the area and warning park visitors not to approach the creature.
The poster reads:
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 DEN OFFICE OF MISSING PERSONS.
DO NOT POST SIGHTINGS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
Park officials in Pennsylvania are playing dumb, of course...
PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) came out and called it all a hoax.
Press secretary for the DCNR, Wesley Robinson, said, "Bigfoot is not real."
And isn't that precisely what they want you to think?
"These signs were not posted by DCNR," Robinson told PennLive. "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 authorized. We have seen them at many parks, but I don't have a number for how many parks where the signs had been posted."
Although most Bigfoot sightings seem to happen in the Pacific Northwest and Californian, Pennsylvania has had its fair share of Bigfoot activity. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has 124 "credible" sightings in PA.
In the past, Oklahoma lawmakers even proposed a Bigfoot hunting season with a cash prize! They didn't want the creature dead; they just wanted some hard, cold evidence.
So, who are you going to believe?
The Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, aka the feds?
Or this random piece of paper stapled to a tree?