As Raven says: "That is the question."
She continues: "It has been a long standing controversy in the crypto community..... Do we continue to set laws in place to ensure the safety of creatures we've yet to scientifically identify? I say continue because there are already several governing bodies that have done just that. Back in 1969, Skamania County's Board of Commissioners in Washington passed an ordinance making it a $10,000 fine and five years in prison for anyone who kills a Bigfoot in their county. In Arkansas,the senate passed a resolution in 1973 that protected the habitat of 'Whitey', a well known water monster who made a portion of the White River its home."
And as Raven also says: "It isn't too hard to imagine the chaos that will ensue once these creatures are finally 'proven to exist.' Bubba and his entourage will undoubtedly be taking potshots at our hairy hominid friend, from the tailgate of a Chevy pickup."
Sadly, she may well be right.