Forget the O.J. trial, we've found the real "case of the century."
A Bigfoot hunter is suing the government to prove that the creature - widely believed to be a myth - is actually real. Todd Standing is a documentary filmmaker and self-proclaimed "Sasquatch hunter" who has earned fame for his attempts to track down the mysterious creature.
Standing's Bigfoot videos and theories are so well-known that he was invited to lead TV's Les Stroud, the Survivorman, on a hunt for the beast. Unlike many people who claim to have seen the famous apeman, Standing insists that he has video and even physical evidence proving the creature exists.
He made headlines in 2014 when he claimed to have a sample of Sasquatch's hair, but laboratory testing revealed the sample was probably human hair. Still, Standing claims he's spotted Bigfoot "over 50 times" and has filmed Bigfoot-like creatures "eight different times."
Fed up with his "evidence" being ignored by the mainstream, Standing has thought up a very unique way of earning public recognition for Bigfoot.
“They won’t look at the evidence," he says. "That’s why I must go into court to prove it..."
Standing had filed a lawsuit against the government of British Columbia, Canada, claiming that Bigfoot exists, and therefore must be protected like any other wildlife species.
He also has plans to file similar lawsuits in other Canadian provinces where the creature has been spotted, as well as in Washington state. In his lawsuit filed at B.C.'s Supreme Court, Standing says the province is in "dereliction of duty" by not recognizing his evidence of Sasquatch. He also plans to show off his evidence in court.
Standing says he will show physical proof, video footage of the creature, and provide eyewitness testimony of Bigfoot sightings in both Canada and America. "When a judge sits down with me and realizes what I have and who's with me — this is going to happen," he told Golden B.C.
Not all Bigfoot believers are in favor of Standing's lawsuit. Some say he's using the case to promote his upcoming documentary Discovering Bigfoot, which follow's Standing's attempts to catch the creature on film. But the filmmaker insists "It's no joke."
B.C.'s Ministry of Environment says the province has not responded to the lawsuit yet, and their lawyer will likely try to get the case dismissed. But for Standing and other believers the truth is out there. And if he won the case, this wouldn't be the first time Bigfoot was given official recognition either.
Skamania County in Washington state considers itself a "Bigfoot sanctuary," and a county ordinance lists a $1,000 fine for killing a member of the "endangered " species.
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