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Media Article # 49

Thursday, January 6, 1977

Bigfoot Sorry About Stepping on Law

Kenosha (Wisconsin) News

AGAWAM, Mass. (UPI) - A teen-agar says he's sorry his "big foot" joke was taken more seriously than he intended.

Police say they confiscated two, 28-inch-long plywood boards constructed to look like big feet from David Deschenes, 16, of Agawam. A police spokesman said Deschenes told authorities he spent two days shaping the boards and then wore them on a walk along the river Dec. 20.

Dozens of huge, five-toed prints were found in a wooded area along the Westfield River two weeks ago.

"I did it as a joke for the little kids around here, but it got out of hand. The next thing I knew the police were out at two in the morning looking around, taking it seriously. I didn't feel like going out to tell them I was 'bigfoot'", Deschenes said.

Deschenes said he hopes to get the feet back from police. If they are returned, he said, he's not going to take them on any more strolls through the woods.

"I want to have them mounted," he said.

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