U.S. Government's Guidelines for Yeti Hunting in Nepal

Slate.com's blog The Vault dug up a painfully bureaucratic memo on yeti hunting from the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu. The memo is from 1959, it was signed by Counselor Ernest H. Fisk, and offers some guidelines for any adventurers hunting yeti. No, this is not a joke.

The memo reads as follows:

_"1) Royalty of Rs. 5000/- Indian Currency (rupees) will have to be paid to His Majesty's Government of Nepal for a permit to carry out an expedition in search of 'Yeti'.

2) In case 'yeti' is traced it can be photographed or caught alive but it must not be killed or shot at except in an emergency arising out of self defense. All photographs taken of the animal, the creature itself if captured alive or dead, must be surrendered to the Government of Nepal at the Earliest time.

3) News and reports throwing light on the actual existence of the creature must be submitted to the Government of Nepal as soon as they are available and must not in any way be given out to the Press or Reporters for publicity without the permission of the Government of Nepal."_

It is unclear if these guidelines are still mandated in Nepal, but the memo is interesting because it illustrates how governments at the time were taking yeti hunting at least semi-seriously.