A woman is suing California authorities for dismissing her reported sightings of Bigfoot.
Claudia Ackley claims her credibility was damaged by the state when she was told that the animal does not exist.
Bigfoot is a large, hairy, ape-like creature that is said to live in the wilderness and leave behind large footprints.
She has reported glimpses of the mystical creature to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Natural Resources Agency, but she was told that the animal does not exist.
The 46-year-old said the agencies have put the safety of California residents at risk by refusing to acknowledge the existence of Bigfoot and refusing to research the creature, the Press-Enterprise reports.
Her most recent sighting was last year in March when she and her children saw an approximately 360kg hairy creature about 9m up a tree near Lake Arrowhead in southern California.
When she reported the sighting to authorities, she was told that it was probably a bear.
Ms Ackley is expected to appear in San Bernardino County Superior Court for a hearing on March 19.