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Is “Bigfoot found dead in a New Mexico lake” a real story?

A description that was crafted as a News story was viral on Facebook that attracted over 20k+ shares in less than 10 days!

Recently, a report about a dead Bigfoot recovered in a lake shore of New Mexico (Elephant Butte Lake) went viral on social media, especially on Facebook. This story had featured a photograph of a dead body on the shore of a lake, covered by a white dead body cover. What’s the truth?

The description of the story:

ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE, NM: The dead body of the elusive Sasquatch was recently discovered on a northern shore at Elephant Butte Lake on Wednesday by a camper and his wife. The campers, who wish to remain anonymous, are from Albuquerque, NM and have heard of the reports of recent sightings of the Bigfoot in the Monticello area at Elephant Butte Lake.
The campers described the creature as being between 8 and 8.5 feet tall, and between 600 to 800 pounds in weight Covered with black hair, and possessing broad, muscular shoulders. Slim waist. Long legs. Arms reaching the knees. Ape-like hands (no opposable thumb). Palms and base of feet hairless. Feet very large (18 to 24 inches long) with five toes.
The camper, an avid outdoorsman and hunter, told the Sierra County Sheriff Investigators that “I was skeptical about all the recent stories I heard of Bigfoot here at The Butte, but after actually seeing one in the flesh, it scared the hell out of me!” he admitted.
He did state to this reporter that the creature had a compound fracture of its right leg and cause of death may have been due to infection. We must also report that the remains were removed under tight security by the military to an undisclosed location.

The link to this story leads to a website named “Breaking News 365” and when you read the story and scroll down further you would find a button – “Create A Joke”. And this website says in a disclaimer:

This website is an entertainment website, news are created by users. These are humourous news, fantasy, fictional, that should not be seriously taken or as a source of information.

FACT: It’s a FAKE story and created by a random user of this website. Anyone can create a prank, joke or fake news stories in this website. Unfortunately, many people never know that this is a prank and a fake story.

In reality, the photo used with this story was taken in 2013, of a dead body of a Russian tourist near a lake in Italy. If you see the uncropped version of the pic, you can see other tourists playing in the background of the photo, a few yards from the dead body.

Most of the times, Bigfoot rumors and fake stories goes viral because of the curiosity of people about the existence of Bigfoot, which is an animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti, that supposedly is a simian-like creature of American folklore that is said to inhabit forests, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

Archived page of this fake story: https://archive.is/4fYVC

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