Really, Officer, I’m tracking Bigfoot!

Police officer in Canada isn’t buying the “Bigfoot” excuse, claims guys are tending marijuana plants.

Sasquatch hunter claims he was bullied by Durham police officer | Toronto Star.

He ventured into the wilds of north Durham looking for Sasquatch, but a Toronto man says he was instead confronted by an angry police officer who accused him of being a dope grower.

In a complaint filed with Durham police, Tim Marczenko claims he was detained, called a liar and accused of committing crimes he had no part in.

While searching for Bigfoot tracks…

Mr. Marczenko said that when he emerged from the bush and got back into his rental car, he found his way blocked by a Durham police cruiser. He said that, when he explained his reason for being in the area, he was ridiculed by Constable Robert Aukema, the officer dispatched to check out a report of suspicious activity in the area.

While I have no doubt that growers are using this as an excuse, I think the police are a bit naive as to the serious nature of Bigfoot investigators. Some people REALLY ARE just looking for Sasquatch. They need to get with the program and chill out.

I do feel bad for this guy. He was treated like crap.

  4 comments for “Really, Officer, I’m tracking Bigfoot!

  1. RDW
    June 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    i have some sympathy, but regardless of what he was doing, he shouldn’t have been trespassing.

  2. June 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I find it odd that you think that all sasquatch reports are of such a dubious nature that they do not get taken seriously. I investigated two reported sasquatch incidents when I was a police officer. One I concluded was a hoax (based on the hoaxed tracks) and the the other leaves me still wondering to this day. In the second case – neither I nor the lead investigator could state that it was our opinion that the witness was mistaken or lying. Actually – we both concluded that he could have been telling the truth – although there was no corroborating evidence. The case was left unresolved although it was officially “concluded” after 6 months as there was no further investigative avenues that could have been followed with the information at hand. I did not receive these reports and decide to investigate them on my own – they were reported and went through the official channels and were assigned. In the first case – I was the guy that got the file. The second investigation was assigned to another officer. I was asked to provide assistance in the second case due to my tracking skills and bush knowledge. In both cases – the investigations followed proper protocols and were signed off at the conclusion by the officers involved and their supervisors. edit: I would like to emphasize that there is a lot of macho BS and joking and war stories passed around in the world of LE – but you sign your name to an official report and make it part of the system – it is no longer a joke. Period.

  3. Aaron
    June 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    @RDW It could have been a large park in the area. Reviewed as “A big place to get lost in.” on some site. Also, many cops love to call people stupid, or just insinuate it for the smallest infraction. It inflates their ego. I don’t see why someone would spend lots of money on a rental car if they’re going to go back to tend to their crop over the year.

  4. June 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    “Coleman, R. Roy”: I did not say “all sasquatch reports are of such a dubious nature that they do not get taken seriously” AT ALL. I said that police are unaware of how seriously some people take Bigfooting. I certainly get that many people believe they have had an encounter. In many cases, as you note, the best you can come up with for an answer is “unsolved”. However, that does not mean therefore, Bigfoot. It means we do not have enough information to make a solid conclusion.

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