State Rep. Justin Humphrey said the point of the bill was to draw in tourists to the state and have some fun. Hunters can even earn $25,000 if they can catch the mythical creature and bring him in alive.
“I can promise I am going to be on one of the first hunts, and I guarantee you we will have fun, and that’s what it’s all about,” he told The Oklahoman. “That is what we are trying to promote.”
But friends of Sasquatch don’t see the fun at all.
“Bigfoot should be protected, not shot,” Gary Robusto told The New York Post. “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.”
And Robusto isn’t alone. The cryptozoological animal’s allies have bombarded the bill’s author with angry phone calls.
“I had one lady just scream at me that she is going to make sure I will get beat because of this and told me I’ve lost my mind,” Humphrey said. “I don’t think they (critics) understand what we are trying to do to promote our area.”
Where Does Bigfoot Live?
Perhaps the better term would be bigfeet. Because, to believers, there is more than one. Robusto explained to the Post that cultures around the world have sightings of large —7 feet tall or more — hairy, human-like creatures. Canadians call it a Sasquatch, he said. It’s a Yeren in China. The Russians call it a Yeti. But whatever it’s called, many people say it should be protected.
“A hunting season is a bad idea all-round — certainly for Bigfoot but also the hunters,” New Yorker Paul Bartholomew said. “You could have hunters hurting themselves, shooting a little haphazardly.”
And is Oklahoma even the best place to hunt bigfoot? The state had 104 sightings last year, but New York had 113. The Pacific Northwest had way more than that, the Post said.
Oklahoma wouldn’t be the first state to legalize bigfoot-a-cide. Texas allows it. But it’ll get you a fine in Washington state.
Justin Humphrey said his bill is less about killing bigfoot than it is about tourism to his state, which has the Honobia Bigfoot Festival. If anything, he told The Oklahoman, bigfoot enthusiasts should get behind the bill because it may help uncover evidence of its existence.
“There are a lot of people, who really, really believe in Bigfoot and so it is going to give them the opportunity to come down. We want to make it a real deal. You can have a license. You can get out there and hunt this thing. I want to be really clear that we are not going to kill Bigfoot. We are going to trap a live Bigfoot. (The state’s) not promoting killing Bigfoot. We are promoting hunting Bigfoot, trying to find evidence of Bigfoot.”