Lawmakers in New Mexico are aiming to make it illegal for state-funded colleges to hunt for Bigfoot.
The controversy began last year when it emerged that Dr. Christopher Dyer, head of the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus, had run up a $7000 taxpayer bill for Bigfoot related expenses.
A keen investigator in to the Bigfoot phenomenon, Dr Dyer has spent years attempting to track down the creature and earlier last year had organized a widely-publicized conference at the campus which was attended by high-profile speakers such as Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Rob Kryder.
While the event was very successful, it ended up costing the taxpayer rather a lot of money – as did an expedition for the elusive creature that was undertaken by Dr Dyer a few days later.
“When you’re expending the resources of taxpaying citizens on what is completely pseudo-science, that’s a betrayal of the public trust,” said New Mexico Tech instructor Dave Thomas.
Now in response to the issue, Gallup senator George Munoz is sponsoring a new bill that will essentially make it illegal to use public funds to hunt for “fictitious creatures” including not only Bigfoot, but also, according to the bill, Pokemon, leprechauns and the Bogeyman.
“It’s sad that we have to do this, that they don’t have the ethics, that UNM doesn’t have the ethics to stop this,” said Munoz. “And now we have to draft bills to stop something that is not morally right.
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