Supernatural Laws: Real World Policies And Laws To Protect Against Witches And Other Mystical Creatures

By | February 2, 2021

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A tongue-in-cheek sign warning of Bigfoot crossings on Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado. (Gnashes30/Wikimedia Commons)

There are certain laws that most of us obey or at least try to follow in our day-to-day lives: We don't drive recklessly, steal, kill people, etc. It would be nice to have magic powers that exempt us from the law, but it turns out even those people/creatures are legally limited as well. Depending on where you live, you may be governed by laws to keep witches out of the sky or hunters from shooting an unsuspecting Bigfoot, so stay off your broom and don't try to sell any haunted houses.

Endangered Bigfeet

If you want to become a star on the supernatural scene, the best thing you can do is nab yourself a Bigfoot. These wild and woolly creatures are known for appearing and disappearing at will in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, which lowers your chances considerably, and not just because of the creatures' elusive nature. In Skamania County, Washington, one of the best places to find a Bigfoot, killing the "endangered" animal is punishable by a $1,000 fine, a year in jail, or possibly both. The law was passed at the height of the Bigfoot craze in 1969, but it was still a pressing enough concern in 1984 to expand the law, though it's not clear how. It seems pretty comprehensive.

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Grainy black-and-white image of supposed UFO, Passaic, New Jersey. (George Stock/Wikimedia Commons)

Space Quarantine

The last year of that mellow decade was generally a real moment for believers in the paranormal. Anyone coming to Earth between 1969 and 1977 (primarily Terran astronauts, but theoretically "any person, property, animal, or other form of life or matter who or which has been extraterrestrially exposed") was forced into a strict quarantine to "guard the Earth against any harmful contamination ... resulting from personnel, spacecraft, and other property returning to the Earth after landing on or coming within the atmospheric envelope of a celestial body." Its purpose was mostly to make sure that returning astronauts weren't bringing any organisms back to Earth that could put humans in danger, but it could come in handy when the gray invaders land, assuming they respect our laws.