A hiker has sued the state of California in an attempt to gain recognition for finding the elusive Bigfoot, as reported by New York Post.
The lawsuit comes after the state refused to recognize her finding, claiming that a video she captured was of a bear and not a Sasquatch.
It all happened last March, when Claudia Ackley, 46, went hiking in the woods near Lake Arrowhead with her two daughters, ages 14 and 11.
She reportedly claimed that one of her daughters spotted a creature, which she later identified as Bigfoot, noting that it was an “alpha male” and definitely not friendly, according to the NY Post.
One of her daughters, Ackley claimed, captured a recording of the beast, which you can see below.
“I swear to God . . . Mom?” Her daughter can be heard saying in the smartphone video footage.
“He weighed about 800 pounds. He had hair all over him,” she told The Press-Enterprise. “He also did not show his teeth but he had black, solid eyes.”
Ackley has also claimed that her discovery has made her a potential victim, alluding that she has been followed by cars with government plates, and said she has taken a photo.
She has scoffed at the state of California’s notion that what she and her daughters saw were bears.
“My daughters have seen bears. They’re not scared by bears,” she said.
Ackley also claimed to have seen Bigfoot in 2014 in a patch of Oregon woods. She said she will come to the lawsuit hearing prepared, not only with more footage but with reams of DNA analysis and witness testimony from other alleged Bigfoot sighters.
“People have to be warned about these things. They are big,” Ackley said, noting that she is not seeking financial restitution of any kind. “We’re totally vulnerable to these things.”
A spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has refused to comment on the pending litigation.
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