If teenagers planted marijuana plants in the woods, would Bigfoot hunters accidentally stumble upon them? Ok, so it’s not the greatest of philosophical questions, but it forms the crux of today’s story, as a supposed Bigfoot hunter is caught skulking around an alleged pot farm in the forest. So is he a Bigfoot hunter who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or is he a dope dealer who is using a convenient (although a bit spurious) alibi?
A Toronto man claims he was harassed for walking through thick brush in Durham region by a police officer who accused him of being a pot grower.
Tim Marczenko denies the claim, saying he wasn’t growing dope, he was investigating sightings of Bigfoot.
“He asked me, ‘What are you doing out here?’ I told him I was investigating a Bigfoot report and he said, ‘Wow, you’re a terrible liar,’ ” said Mr. Marczenko. ” ‘I know it sounds crazy but I’m not lying about it,’ I said. He kept telling me I was lying about the situation.”
The site was under police surveillance after nearby residents complained about groups of young men flocking to the forest armed with shovels in weeks past. Three men were later arrested after several marijuana plants were found deep in the woods. Their cover was to tell the locals they were searching for Bigfoot.
Last August, Mr. Marczenko said he was on assignment for the Ontario Wildlife Field Research investigation into numerous reports of Bigfoot-sized tracks in the Township of Brockton.
After spending more than two hours in the bush and no sign of the creature, Mr. Marczenko called it a day. He started to drive away from the site in his rental car but a police SUV emerged from the woods and blocked his exit. Mr. Marczenko alleges Const. Robert Aukema put him under arrest for possession of a controlled substance even though a search of his clothes, bags and car produced nothing.
“He was very aggressive, very rude. He didn’t listen to anything I said, everything was a non-answer and it went on like this,” he said.
It would be unfortunate if Mr. Marczenko is truly innocent here and was just looking for the big hairy fella, completely unaware of the “medicinal” properties of his hunting grounds. On the other hand, he would be joining a growing list of alleged criminals blaming their shenanigans on the paranormal if he were in fact guilty.