By Tim Binnall
Kentucky residents were likely either amused or bewildered by an official-looking notice that made the rounds on social media and cautioned that Bigfoot had been spotted near the state’s waterways. The odd announcement reportedly popped up on several localized social media groups earlier this month and, as such strange posts tend to do, wound up being shared widely by people online. Emblazoned with the official logo of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the cleverly crafted but ultimately bogus bulletin supposedly served as a ‘Sasquatch Warning.’
According to the tale weaved by the warning, the famed cryptid had been spotted “coming from the woodlands to the lakes, rivers and other waterways to feed on fish, crawdads, vegetation and other food sources” made available by way of “heavy rainfall and flooding.” The announcement also offers some fairly sound advice should one encounter a Bigfoot, including that they should remain calm and not chase after the Sasquatch, but do take note of the location and, if possible, photograph the elusive creature. It also claims that ‘Sasquatches’ are peaceful animals that will not harm humans, which is an assertion we’d rather not see put to the test.
Since the warning appeared online at around the same time that a genuine state of emergency was declared because of the aforementioned flooding, it’s understandable how some Kentucky residents might actually believe that Bigfoot was seen roaming the area. Of course, that was not the case and the state’s Department of Fish & Wildlife Resource quickly squashed the Sasquatch rumor, indicating that the warning was fake and local police departments to not share the notice online. The U.S. Forest Service was forced to issue a similar statement back in 2018 when a prankster produced an announcement proclaiming that officials in Montana were on the lookout for Bigfoot following a series of sightings.