New Mexico lawmakers are out to prevent bigfoot hunting on the taxpayers’ dime.
New Mexico senator George Munoz has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for a state-funded college to go on a hunt for legendary creatures like bigfoot.
As weird as all this sounds, the bill comes in direct response to an incident involving such a hunt last year.
News first broke about the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s Dr. Christopher Dyer spending $7,000 on a bigfoot expedition last October. The resulting outrage made nationwide headlines.
The list of mythological creatures also includes leprechauns, the bogeyman and even Pokemon.
“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,” Munoz told the news station. “And now we have to draft bills to stop something that isn’t morally right.”
In the UNM expedition last year, Dyer and a few students spent taxpayer money on snowshoes, hotel bills and more in the expedition. After the news broke, Dyer defended his expedition to the news station that broke the story originally.
“I use discretionary funds for things that I think are of merit,” Dyer said. “That could include field work or research of some kind.”