GALLUP, N.M. ― The head of the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus is under fire for spending money on Bigfoot-related pursuits.
KRQE-TV reports that UNM Gallup’s Executive Director Dr. Christopher Dyer organized a two-day, on-campus Bigfoot conference in February followed by a Bigfoot expedition, costing taxpayers about $7,000.
Dyer is an avid Bigfoot hunter in his free time and says he only pursues the mythical creature when he isn’t on the job. He says the conference was the most well-attended event in the Gallup campus’s history.
Dyer says he uses discretionary funds for field work that has some kind of merit.
UNM President Robert Frank says such an expedition is not appropriate and that Dyer needs to be more thoughtful about how he pursues his hobbies.