Bigfoot is real and in danger: Enthusiasts take issue with new law
Is Bigfoot real? Commonly known as Sasquatch – or as Harry in the 80s classic Harry and the Hendersons – the cryptid has been in the public eye forever. Numerous people have claimed to have photographed the beast, seen his footprints, or had a close encounter with him on a camping trip. However, skeptics aren’t so sure, chalking up “real” Bigfoot sightings to pranks or misidentified bears.
That said, there are people out there who believe Bigfoot is real. Some of these believers want to “bag” Bigfoot, putting up high bounties for anyone who can capture the elusive cryptid, dead or alive. However, like the kids in ET, there are others who want to protect this supposed furry creature and now, the law is stepping in.
Let’s dive into the newest, real Bigfoot twists: conservation laws & hunting regulations are emerging about whether Bigfoot is real, and if so, can he be hunted for sport?
Bigfoot, a history
Bigfoot has been a North American folklore staple for as long as anyone can remember. Various Indigenous tribes have legends about an apelike creature who prowls the woods in Canada and parts of the U.S. As far back as the nineteenth century, loggers have reported seeing Bigfoot lumbering around their camps.
In the middle of the 20th century, Bigfoot saw a surge in popularity when a farmer photographed a gigantic footprint and claimed it was from Sasquatch. From there, amateurs & professional scientists set off to answer the age-old question: is Bigfoot real?
Like with UFOs & aliens, organizations & task forces have formed to collect evidence that yes, Bigfoot is real. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization formed in 1995, and they’re dedicated to collecting evidence from sightings to prove Bigfoot’s existence.
Also like with UFOs & extraterrestrials, there are events dedicated to celebrating Bigfoot’s existence, bringing us to new Bigfoot laws. In Oklahoma, Rep. Justin Humphrey proposed creating a “bigfoot hunting season”. So if Bigfoot is real, will that mean you can bag him like Bambi, Thumper, and all of their woodland friends at specially designated times of the year? Not quite.
The New York Post noted that in Humphrey’s district, there’s an annual festival that takes place to celebrate the cryptid. Bigfoot enthusiasts the world over flock to the Kiamichi Mountains in Oklahoma for a festival each year. “Establishing an actual hunting season and issuing licenses for people who want to hunt Bigfoot will just draw more people to our already beautiful part of the state,” Humphrey elaborated.
The Honobia Bigfoot Festival & Conference “features live music, handcrafted arts and crafts, fun games, a nature walk, delicious food, family friendly entertainment and an art show showcasing the work of local artisans” per their site. They also host campfires where guests can gather and hear people with Bigfoot sighting stories.
Humphrey also assured Bigfoot lovers the license wouldn’t allow you to kill Bigfoot and mount him on your wall. Rather, the proposed $25,000 license will allow enthusiasts to capture Bigfoot to prove he’s real.
Flummoxing wildlife reps
Granted, we’re not sure how Humphrey’s proposed license would work. 25 grand is a lot of money, so how many tags would that get you? Could you capture five Bigfoots? Ten? Are they designated by male & female like buck & doe tags? If it’s capture-only, how long can you keep Bigfoot before you have to release him into the wild? We don’t know!
Neither did the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, apparently. When questioned about Humphrey’s proposal, representative Micah Holmes was reportedly caught by surprise when asked about the proposal, clarifying his department “only uses science-driven research in its wildlife-management decisions” per The Post.
However, Bigfoot enthusiasts are “fuming” at the proposal per The Post. “Bigfoot should be protected, not shot. These creatures should be preserved in their natural environment. Any kind of new species — like a Bigfoot — even needs the protection of some kind of federal law.” Gary Robusto told The Post, alleging this was a publicity stunt.
I don’t have a Bigfoot hunting season bill, but I do have a bill to create a public option for health insurance in Oklahoma 🤷🏼♂️
— Forrest Bennett (@ForrestBennett) January 28, 2021
Field day on Twitter
Of course, Twitter’s roasting the proposal.
Worst case, the governor has a ton of Hydroxychloroquine that will work just as well for Bigfoot injuries as it did for curing Covid. $2,000,000 worth of injuries. 😑
— amanda (@amandaadnama) January 28, 2021
Joking about the state’s purchase of hydroxychloroquine, this Twitter user noted the state has to make its money back somehow.
Only Oklahoma would have Bigfoot hunting season. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/AC7S5z0o1e
— Marnie Clayton (@MarnieClay92) January 28, 2021
Only in Oklahoma, according to this Twitter user, would they have a Bigfoot hunting season.
Would you buy a Bigfoot hunting license? Do you think Bigfoot is real? Let us know in the comments!