Yes, there really are more than a few examples of how government agencies have taken an interest in strange creatures. We’ll begin with the sinister phenomenon of the Dogmen. When she began her research into the Wisconsin-based “Beast of Bray Road,” Linda Godfrey was amazed to learn that a file had been opened on the werewolf-like creature. Since 1991, the Wisconsin town of Elkhorn has been the lair and hunting ground of a terrifying creature that is the closest thing one can imagine to a real-life werewolf. And, just maybe, that’s exactly what it is. The monster became known as the “Beast of the Bray Road” on account of the fact that many of the initial sightings were made on that particular road. Linda told me: “The story first came to my attention in about 1991 from a woman who had heard rumors going around here in Elkhorn, and particularly in the high school, that people had been seeing something like a werewolf, a wolf-like creature, or a wolf-man. They didn’t really know what it was. But some were saying it was a werewolf. And the werewolf tag has just gotten used because I think that people really didn’t know what else to call it.” No doubt!
Linda added: “In my first phone call to a bus driver, she told me that she had called the County Animal Control Officer. So, of course, when you’re a reporter, anytime you have a chance to find anything official that’s where you go. I went to see him and, sure enough, he had a folder in his file draw that he had actually marked Werewolf, in a tongue-in-cheek way. People had been phoning in to him to say that they had seen something. They didn’t know what it was. But from their descriptions, that’s what he had put. So, of course, that made it a news story. When you have a public official, the County Animal Control Officer, who has a folder marked Werewolf, that’s news. It was very unusual.” No doubt, it was! Now, let’s get onto the matter of the monsters of Loch Ness. In his book Psi Spies, the late Jim Marrs told of how the U.S. government’s remote-viewers tackled Nessie, in a fashion, at least. The results were very strange, as Marrs noted: “Several sessions targeting the famous Loch Ness Monster revealed physical traces of the beast – a wake in the water, movement of a large body underwater. Their drawings even resembled a prehistoric plesiosaur, often identified as matching descriptions of Nessie. But when the viewers tried to discover where the object came from or returned to, they hit a dead end. The creature seemed to simply appear and disappear. Considering that reports of human ghosts date back throughout man’s history, the Psi Spies seriously considered the possibility that the Loch Ness monster is nothing less than a dinosaur’s ghost.”
How about the Yeti? We know there was a U.S. government-Abominable Snowman connection thanks to the provisions of the United States’ Freedom of Information Act. For the evidence, we have to go back to 1959. Specifically to November 30, 1959. The location: the U.S. Embassy at Kathmandu. It was within the heart of the embassy that an undeniably weird document was carefully and quietly drafted. Its title was: “Regulations Covering Mountain Climbing Expeditions In Nepal – Relating To Yeti.” The document was put together by a man named Ernest H. Fisk. His official position, at the time, was that of Counselor of the Embassy. Certain criteria for seeking and hunting the Yeti had been laid down. The document notes that anyone who wanted to set off in search of the Abominable Snowman had to obtain a legal permit from the government officials in Nepal. The files reveal that Fisk considered it perfectly okay to photograph a Yeti. But, shooting at, and even killing, one of the creatures was a definitive no-no. Unless, that was, “in an emergency arising out of self defense.”
And, of course, there’s Cryptozoology’s equivalent of the Roswell “UFO crash” of 1947: namely, the alleged recovery of a number of dead and injured Bigfoots that followed the devastating eruption of Mt. St. Helens, Washington State on May 18, 1980. A number of Bigfoot bodies were said to have been found in the area and secretly flown out to destinations unknown by military helicopter pilots. As for the people in the area, there were major casualty figures: fifty-seven people lost their lives, as did thousands of animals. Maybe some of those animals were of the definitively monstrous kind. Now and again a story – or rather a friend-of-a-friend type tale – will surface about the saga of Mt. St. Helens, but there’s nothing concrete. Maybe, in light of all the above, someone ought to try and finally get to the bottom of the story: that’s what the Freedom of Information Act is for!
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