Bigfoot, Sasquatch or Yeti. Call it what you will, but most agree the furry, cold-weather giant is just folklore — unless you’re the Washington State Department of Transportation.
On Wednesday, the state agency shared images from their traffic cameras showing a snowy landscape alongside State Route 20 in Ferry County. Upon close inspection, the WSDOT points out, there appears to be a dark, bipedal figure in the distance.
“Sasquatch spotted!!!” WSDOT proclaimed on Twitter. “I’m not superstitious… just a little stitious. Have you noticed something strange on our Sherman Pass/SR 20 webcam before? If you look closely by the tree on the left there looks to be something… might be Sasquatch… We will leave that up to you!”
The far-fetched tweet attracted social media’s finest pseudo-scientists who were quick to dismiss the claims, as many noted that the figure seemed more like a man wearing a dark hoodie and a backpack.
“Looks like a guy in all black sweats with hoodie and backpack,” said one skeptic.
Another person assumed a lot about the local government’s Photoshop skills. They wrote, “Why is there is no snow on the all black ‘Sasquatch’? At least sprinkle some fake snow on his black fur next time.”
Then, the Twitter account for Snoqualmie Pass about 250 miles west came to back up WSDOT’s tall tale.
“I think Bigfoot is making the rounds across our mountain passes. @wsdot_east showed him on Sherman Pass the other day and now he is on the wildlife overcrossing on I-90 just east of Snoqualmie Pass. #doyoubelieve,” they tweeted.
Soon, even more of Washington’s government agencies joined in on the farce. The Twitter for WSDOT’s Southwest region tweeted a GIF of Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) of “The X-Files” saying, “I want to believe.” Then Washington’s secretary of state added some historical context to the legend. The creature is so tied with the region that Gov. Dan Evans proclaimed “the Great Sasquatch” to be the official state monster in 1970.
The elusive beast has frequently been associated with the mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest, though sightings have been reported across the globe. In Georgia, there’s an entire museum dedicated to the half-man, half-ape, which may have indeed existed some 2 million years ago, according to a 2019 study published in the journal Nature.
Joke or not, one local was not at all amused to see how their tax dollars were being spent.
“WSDOT…we really paying you to waste time on Twitter???” they complained.