When Claudia Ackley and her two daughters went on an evening walk in southern California last March, they weren't expecting to stumble upon Bigfoot perched in a tree.
"I ran into a Sasquatch – a Bigfoot. We were face to face," said Ackley, who is 46-years-old.
"He was 30 feet up in the tree."
According to a local news story from the Press Enterprise, Ackley got a good look at the creature, which was barrel-chested and orangutan-colored, with a head three times the size of a human's and weighing in at about 800 pounds.
Yet when Ackley called multiple different state authorities about the spotting, they wouldn't take her seriously, informing the woman that she probably just saw a bear.
So what did Ackley do next? File a lawsuit against the state of California, of course!
The lawsuit specifically alleges that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with the state's Natural Resources Agency, were derelict in their duty by not acknowledging the existence of a distinct Sasquatch species.
Ackley's lawsuit not only claims the state's dismissal of the Sasquatch as "paranormal research" has damaged Ackley's "livelihood, public image and credibility," it also accuses the state of putting people at undue risk.
"People have to be warned about these things. They are big," Ackley said.
"We're totally vulnerable to these things."
All of this despite the fact that there isn't a shred of scientific evidence to suggest Sasquatch even exist.
But don't worry – according to Ackley, she is going to introduce a plethora of evidence in court to prove the existence of Sasquatch. At the trial, Ackley's lawyer will supposedly present fingerprint, track and DNA evidence to support her claims.
Because this isn't the first time Ackley has seen a Sasquatch. Ackley says she encountered her first in 2014 in Greenwater, Washington and potentially another in Yosemite National Park, although she can't be sure about that one.
"I don't know if it was a Sasquatch, but that night changed everything for me," said Ackley, who has been studying and pursuing Bigfoot for the last two decades.
"I always wondered what it was that walked into the woods."