Fact Check: The Kentucky Department Of Fish And Wildlife Resources Did NOT Issue A 'Sasquatch Alert'

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: The Kentucky Department Of Fish And Wildlife Resources Did NOT Issue A 'Sasquatch Alert' Prank Warning

Did the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources issue a "Sasquatch Alert"? No, that's not true: This purported public service bulletin bearing the logo of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources is a hoax. The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources has confirmed that this is not an official release from their department.

One example of a post (archived here) was published on March 3, 2021. It opened:

Public Service Bulletin / Dated 03-01-2021
Due to HEAVY RAIN FALL & FLOODING

SASQUATCH ALERT

Attention visitors: Sasquatches have been sighted coming from the
woodlands to the Lakes, Rivers and other Waterways to feed on Fish,
Crawdads, Vegetation and other food sources.

DO NOT BE ALARMED IF YOU HAVE AN ENCOUNTER

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Mar 8 14:32:04 2021 UTC)

The timing of this "Sasquatch Alert" hoax coincides with real flooding in Kentucky that prompted Gov. Andy Beshear to declare a state of emergency on the evening of Sunday, February 28, 2021, as heavy rain fell across the state.

The text of the fake sasquatch alert continued:

Remain Calm

  • DO Not Run
  • Do Not Separate from your Group
  • Do Not Chase Sasquatch
  • Do Not Feed Sasquatch
  • DO TAKE PHOTOS
  • Record Location & Direction of Travel
  • Report the Encounter

SASQUATCHES ARE NOT AGGRESSIVE
NOR WILL THEY HARM you.

Lead Stories reached out by email to Kevin Kelly, chief communications officer at the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources to find out more about this alert. He replied:

This fake "alert" has been making the rounds on Facebook in recent days, mostly by individuals. It's not an official release from the department and did not originate from the department to my knowledge.

A police department in northern Kentucky posted this "alert" yesterday on its Facebook page and presented it as a "release." We quickly reached out to the police department through Messenger and respectfully requested its removal. The police department took down the post soon after.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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