Save Sasquatch. That was the desperate plea Chautauqua County legislators heard from Peter Wiemer, owner of We Wan Chu Cottages on Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York. Wiemer wants the legislature to become the first governmental body in the country to put Bigfoot on the endangered species list. Some of the lawmakers rolled their eyes, while others covered their mouths, perhaps to hold back their laughter.

Wiemer urged.He claimed there have been 17 eyewitness accounts of sightings of Bigfoot – or perhaps multiple Bigfeet – since 2011 in Chautauqua County. He added that the first documented sighting in New York State was in the 1800s.To date, he claimed, there have been “over 100 sightings in New York State.”

Wiemer showed the bewildered legislators plaster casts that he said were made from a foot impression of a Bigfoot. He said that the Bigfoot is classified as a “cryptide,” which he defined as a species that does not have scientific evidence of existence but has been seen by people.

photo by Derek Gee/Buffalo News (file photo)

Wiemer, perhaps not coincidentally, is the creator of the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo, held in 2011. Also, the third annual Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo and Town Hall meeting is scheduled for this Saturday at YMCA Camp Onyahsa in Dewittville onChautauqua Lake.