Thursday, January 16, 2014
Nepalese Government Yeti Regulations from 1959
Back in 1959 when the Tom Slick yeti expeditions were in full swing, the government of Nepal felt it necessary to lay down some regulations regarding the effort. The official government document (seen above) states three simple rules to follow. To sum them up, pay the Nepalese government for trying, don't shoot one, and everything obtained on an expedition should be "surrendered" to the government.
It is not known to what extent the Slick expeditions intended to follow these regulations, especially in light of the theft of a bone from the Pangboche Yeti Hand relic. Still, these were the rules at the time which Slick and his man in the field, Peter Byrne, were expected to follow.
To read the best account of the Tom Slick expeditions of this era, I highly recommend Loren Coleman's Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti. It is a fascinating look into both these efforts and the creatures themselves.
For more on modern efforts to research the yeti, click here.