Do you want to be a millionaire? The state of Oklahoma is offering you the chance. All you have to do is catch the mythical Bigfoot. That sounds like quite the tall order considering the creature might not even exist, but if he is out there you now have the opportunity to cash in.
According to the New York Post, State Representative Justin Humphrey has introduced a couple of bigfoot-related bills so far in this legislative season. The first one attempted to direct the state’s wildlife department to institute a hunting season for the creature. The second is a proposal that offers a bounty for the capture of a Bigfoot. The bounty started off at $25,000 but has since expanded to 2.1 million dollars.
The bills were institutes as part of a plan to bring tourism to the area. Humphrey’s district includes the heavily forested Kiamichi Mountains, where a Bigfoot festival is held every 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 said in a statement.
The plan as it stands would allow local businesses to sell annual Bigfoot tracking permits. The money would stay local and hopefully bring in tourists to spend money in Humphry’s district.
“State tourism officials are now developing a Bigfoot promotional campaign that includes license plates, decals, an annual commemorative tracking license and ‘Bigfoot checkout stations,’” according to the local CBS station.
Not everyone is not happy with the proposal. Some Bigfoot enthusiasts believe that a hunting season and a bounty would encourage people to kill the creature that they believe exists.
“Bigfoot should be protected, not shot,” Gary Robusto, founder of the Bigfoot Society, told The 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.”
Bigfoot historian Paul Bartholomew disagrees with the hunting season and bounty as well. He believes it could prove dangerous to hunters who might be mistaken for the lumbering biped.
“A hunting season is a bad idea all-round — certainly for Bigfoot but also the hunters,” Bartholomew said. “You could have hunters hurting themselves, shooting a little haphazardly.”
Bartholomew brings up an excellent point. There are enough hunting accidents when hunters are hunting four legged game; I would hate to see what happens when some idiot starts shooting at anything with two legs walking through the woods.