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(Sasquatch In The Crosshairs!) Itís Officially Legal To Kill Bigfoot In Texas
IO9 ^ | May 5, 2012 | Lauren Davis

Posted on 05/05/2012 9:01:19 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

It’s officially legal to kill Bigfoot in Texas

Bigfoot Target

Cryptid conservationists, be on the alert; it's officially open season on Sasquatch. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, if you can find Bigfoot in the state of Texas, you can kill it.

Cryptomundo reader John Lloyd Scharf sent a letter to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department about whether it would be legal to kill Bigfoot, and apparently department Chief of Staff L. David Sinclair replied that killing an indigenous cryptid would be legal since it isn't listed as a game animal:

The statute that you cite (Section 61.021) refers only to game birds, game animals, fish, marine animals or other aquatic life. Generally speaking, other nongame wildlife is listed in Chapter 67 (nongame and threatened species) and Chapter 68 (nongame endangered species). "Nongame" means those species of vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife indigenous to Texas that are not classified as game animals, game birds, game fish, fur-bearing animals, endangered species, alligators, marine penaeid shrimp, or oysters. The Parks and Wildlife Commission may adopt regulations to allow a person to take, possess, buy, sell, transport, import, export or propagate nongame wildlife. If the Commission does not specifically list an indigenous, nongame species, then the species is considered non-protected nongame wildlife, e.g., coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, cotton-tailed rabbit, etc. A non-protected nongame animal may be hunted on private property with landowner consent by any means, at any time and there is no bag limit or possession limit.

An exotic animal is an animal that is non-indigenous to Texas. Unless the exotic is an endangered species then exotics may be hunted on private property with landowner consent. A hunting license is required. This does not include the dangerous wild animals that have been held in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting, which is commonly referred to as a "canned hunt".

So apparently, as long as you hunt Bigfoot on private property with the permission of the property holder, you are allowed to kill it. I'm a bit surprised, however, that spotting a previously undocumented animal doesn't automatically transform it from a nonexistent animal into an endangered one. Then again, I suppose rare evidence isn't evidence of rarity.

Given that Bigfoot is generally considered a Pacific Northwestern cryptid, however, I'm much more interested to hear what Oregon or Washington have to say on the matter. Do their game and wildlife statutes similarly allow you to shoot non-game animals that aren't recognized as existent?


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Happy hunting ... successful Texas hunters might need a good taxidermist

1 posted on 05/05/2012 9:01:26 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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From Crypto Mundo ...

John Lloyd Scharf got a response from the Texas Wildlife officials about killing Bigfoot:

Mr. Scharf:

The statute that you cite (Section 61.021) refers only to game birds, game animals, fish, marine animals or other aquatic life. Generally speaking, other nongame wildlife is listed in Chapter 67 (nongame and threatened species) and Chapter 68 (nongame endangered species). “Nongame” means those species of vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife indigenous to Texas that are not classified as game animals, game birds, game fish, fur-bearing animals, endangered species, alligators, marine penaeid shrimp, or oysters. The Parks and Wildlife Commission may adopt regulations to allow a person to take, possess, buy, sell, transport, import, export or propagate nongame wildlife. If the Commission does not specifically list an indigenous, nongame species, then the species is considered non-protected nongame wildlife, e.g., coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, cotton-tailed rabbit, etc. A non-protected nongame animal may be hunted on private property with landowner consent by any means, at any time and there is no bag limit or possession limit.

An exotic animal is an animal that is non-indigenous to Texas. Unless the exotic is an endangered species then exotics may be hunted on private property with landowner consent. A hunting license is required. This does not include the dangerous wild animals that have been held in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting, which is commonly referred to as a “canned hunt”.

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Chief Scott Vaca. I have included his e-mail address. I will be out of the office and in Houston on Friday.

Best,

L. David Sinclair

Chief of Staff – Division Director I

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Law Enforcement Division

4200 Smith School Road

Austin, TX 78744

Office 512.389.4854

Cell 512.971.2668

Fax 512.389.8400

“Texas Game Wardens Serving Texans Since 1895-Law Enforcement Off the Pavement”

From: Peter Flores

Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:59 PM

To: David Sinclair

Subject: Fw: TAKING WILDLIFE RESOURCES PROHIBITED

Please respond.

Pf


2 posted on 05/05/2012 9:03:29 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

RACISM!


3 posted on 05/05/2012 9:04:23 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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Got 'im! Got him!
4 posted on 05/05/2012 9:05:31 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Slings and Arrows

lock and load

ping


5 posted on 05/05/2012 9:08:07 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: martin_fierro; Slings and Arrows

ping


6 posted on 05/05/2012 9:11:05 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: DogByte6RER

Do idiots in Big Foot costumes count?


7 posted on 05/05/2012 9:14:26 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Photobucket Costumes? What costumes? They ALL look real to me!
8 posted on 05/05/2012 9:19:38 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
a previously undocumented animal doesn't automatically transform it from a nonexistent animal into an endangered one.

I would think it should be considered an invasive species.......and if it should happen to speak Spanish then that's another whole set of problems.

9 posted on 05/05/2012 9:24:41 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: DogByte6RER

What could possibly go wrong?


10 posted on 05/05/2012 9:27:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DogByte6RER

Is a Wookie a close relative of Bigfoot?


11 posted on 05/05/2012 9:40:10 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Sworn to Defend The Constitution Against ALL Enemies, Foreign and Domestic. So Help Me GOD!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Like the one in the Jack Links, “Messin’ With Sasquatch” commercials?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJF0cuYbYyI


12 posted on 05/05/2012 9:42:54 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
This guy might be related!

13 posted on 05/05/2012 9:45:21 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"Do idiots in Big Foot costumes count?"

Only if they went to school.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

14 posted on 05/05/2012 9:48:33 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Is a Wookie a close relative of Bigfoot?

The meat is very similar, particularly in the young, smaller specimens.

They're both "a little Chewie."

I'm here all week, folks... don't forget to tip your waitress.

15 posted on 05/05/2012 9:49:31 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Jewbacca

Stay outa Texas, mmmmkay?


16 posted on 05/05/2012 9:51:17 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1201 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: DogByte6RER

I am surprised he’s not on the endangered species list.


17 posted on 05/05/2012 9:54:22 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

Keep your powder dry..


18 posted on 05/05/2012 10:14:16 AM PDT by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: Brilliant
My principles won't allow me to do anything that helps Obama get a second term.

IIRC, the state of Washington made it illegal to kill a Sasquatch, if they exist. Some legislators argued that they didn't believe in Sasquatch but they didn't want bounty hunters with high-powered rifles firing at man-like shapes in poor visibility conditions. Actually, seems pretty prudent to me.

This interpretation of the statute doesn't surprise me from what I knew about Texas game laws. Once again, going from memory, I remember a number of years back someone shot a monster bull elk out in West Texas but it couldn't get listed in the Boone and Crockett Record Book because there were no regulations on hunting elk there and hence, it didn't qualify as a "fair chase" hunt in the eyes of B&C Club.

19 posted on 05/05/2012 10:20:41 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: mfish13

strange, Shooting one might not be a bad thing. It would be proof they exist and lead to conservation laws that would protect them. But as I think the big foot creature is highly intelligent and psychic to boot, they would be hard to impossible to hunt and harder to kill. The Forrest is there home —There they are king and you an interloper and novice.


20 posted on 05/05/2012 11:50:27 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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