Archivist Mark Murphy this summer found this interesting documentation from the tail end of the Eisenhower administration. In it we see how the Nepalese government outlined what was expected o any expedition that is to be undertaken while inside the boarders of Nepal. There is no surprise that nations will have agreements and a certain level of diplomacy built into any cross nation or cross culture investigations. But, this one is particularly juicy to most of the people in America or the world for that matter that follow up on Cryptozoology at all.
The 3 rules for looking for Yeti in Nepal are as follows:
1. You have to pay the king of Nepal $5,000 in Indian currency (I assume that’s the local currency)
2: If you track a Yeti you can take pictures or catch it alive. You must not kill the Yeti,but you can only do so if in self defense. All pictures taken of the Yeti alive or dead must be submitted to the government of Nepal as son as possible.
3. Any news of the expedition or the existence of the Yeti must go through the government of Nepal first and not to be given out directly to any reporters or the media.
Sounds simple enough right? Nothing to surprising here, they want to be paid for stepping on there turf, they want the pictures and news you may have and they don’t want to you kill the Yeti. Well, it would all be normal if say you were researching mountain gorillas or goats. That being said, they were looking for the holy grail of cryptozoology and not only was Nepal open for people to go looking for it they even wanted to make sure it was perfectly clear that they wanted to have control of any documentation and research notes that came out of the investigations. After all, it is there Yeti and well its an endangered species isn’t it?
Original story can be found at Cryptomundo.com
Special thanks to Lorin Coleman and Mark Murphy Cryptozoologist of the year 2011