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'Bigfoot' lures believers to Chautauqua

Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo Facebook

Sasquatch. Bigfoot. Whatever you call it, and whether or not you believe it, the legendary creature brought people out to Chautauqua Lake on Saturday to swap stories and hear lectures.

Not far from the Chautauqua institution, this year's Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo drew about 100 participants.

Founder Peter Wiemer said the expo started out as a tourist draw, but now brings dozens of people who are certain they've seen Bigfoot in the area, far from the creature's suspected range in the Pacific Northwest.

Wiemer has gone so far as to try to get both New York State and the United States to add Big Foot to its list of endangered species. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation responded, saying there's no need to protect a non-existent mythical animal.

Avery began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey for WRUB, the University at Buffalo’s student-run radio station.