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Oklahoma is proposing a new ‘Bigfoot’ hunting season bill

A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season

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In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of Rep. Justin Humphrey.

In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of Rep. Justin Humphrey.

Associated Press

A Republican House member in Oklahoma has introduced a new bill that would create a hunting season specifically for Bigfoot, the mythical creature.

Yeah, seriously.

Wait, what’s happening?

OK so Oklahoma Rep. Justin Humphrey has introduced a new bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season, according to The Associated Press.

  • His district includes the Ouachita Mountains in southeast Oklahoma, which hosts a Bigfoot festival every year.
  • Humphrey said issuing a state hunting license and tag could boost tourism during that time.
  • “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 said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

You’re kidding, right?

Nope. According to The Associated Press, the bill would allow trapping. And there’d be a bounty of $25,000.

The bill has created controversy

D.W. Lee of the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center told KOCO-TV the term “bigfoot” shouldn’t be used. Rather, he suggests using “the creature.” He said the bill didn’t make him happy, either.

  • “The efforts of the people out there actually being serious about this — it really hampers us,” Lee said.

Similarly, Micah Holmes of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation told KOCO the bill would create a new hunting season for something that doesn’t exist.

  • “We use science-driven research, and we don’t recognize Bigfoot in the state of Oklahoma,” he said.