A photo posted to Facebook depicting alleged sasquatches was merely a joke, according to Arizona officials who uploaded the picture.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reported that several dark objects captured by a state traffic camera and posted to Facebook on New Year’s Day were not a mystery to officials.
“We were just having a little fun,” Tim Tait, department spokesperson, said. “People don’t expect government to have a sense of humor, and we definitely have one.”
Tait added that the department likes to have fun with their Facebook and Twitter feeds since they don’t want to post news about crashes and road conditions all the time. The posting was intended to engage their audience in a different way.
Despite revealing the post as a prank, the image has been liked more than 2,000 times and shared by over 3,000 people.
Some commenters even argued that the image truly depicted a family of sasquatches, with sasquatch “hunters” glad to see the government admitting to their existence.
Others received the news a little more light-heartedly.
“[They’re] comin back from their new years Cave party,” Facebook user Shawn Littlebear wrote. “Probably all hung over.”
Although Tait would not confirm if there would be similar pranks in the future, he implied that more would be likely.