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Is It Legal to Kill Bigfoot in Texas?
State Impact ^ | MAY 10, 2012 | TERRENCE HENRY

Posted on 05/12/2012 3:23:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway

We’ve been talking a lot about invasive species in Texas as of late, paying special attention to the issue of feral hogs, which are growing in number and cause widespread damage (but taste delicious). Texas has responded by making it very, very easy to kill feral hogs. You can hunt them with a handgun. You can hunt them whenever, regardless of the season. And you can even hunt them from the skies (an undertaking known as “pork chopping”), if that’s your thing.

But what about that most legendary of invasive species, Bigfoot?

Yes, someone actually asked Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which regulates hunting in the state, whether or not it would be legal to capture and kill Bigfoot.

The answer was unequivocal.

Yes, it’s legal to hunt and kill Bigfoot in Texas. “If Bigfoot did exist, and wasn’t human, then it would [be legal]. Bigfoot would be a non-protected wild animal,” L. David Sinclair with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department tells StateImpact Texas.

So, yes, it would be legal to kill Bigfoot in Texas. “It’s right out of the law book,” Sinclair says.

This all came up recently when an Oregonian man wrote to Sinclair, asking whether or not it’d be legal to kill Sasquatch in Texas. (The hairy cryptid is popular once again, thanks to the television show Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet.)

Sinclair, to his credit, sent back a letter, thoroughly citing various sections of the Parks and Wildlife code to back up his answer that yes, it’s legal to kill Bigfoot in Texas. “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,” Sinclair wrote. He added:

“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”.

When we ask Sinclair if he thought his letter would go viral, he responds with a chuckle. “I didn’t realize it was going to draw so much attention,” he says, adding, “the agency doesn’t want to get into whether or not there’s Bigfoot.”

While Sasquatch is mostly rumored to be a denizen of the northwest, there are devoted Bigfoot searchers in the Lone Star State, too.

But hopefully if an enterprising Texan with a gun encountered Bigfoot, killing it wouldn’t be the only option. Perhaps they could simply adopt it, a la Harry and the Hendersons, and enjoy the slapstick hijinks that would inevitably ensue.


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bigfoot; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; invasive; texas

1 posted on 05/12/2012 3:23:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Bigfoot is married to the President, so she probably travels with a lot of guards.


2 posted on 05/12/2012 3:26:08 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

As the wife of the _resident, she/it gets its own Secret Service.


3 posted on 05/12/2012 3:31:17 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: nickcarraway

But, what if bigfoot was eating a spotted owl?


4 posted on 05/12/2012 3:44:53 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Or, if a spotted owl was eating a bigfoot?


5 posted on 05/12/2012 3:45:42 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

This is probably why there are so few bigfoot sightings in the northwest these days. We saved those stupid spotted owls, and they’ve been munching on bigfoots....er...bigfeet?


6 posted on 05/12/2012 3:47:09 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

These guys could probably bag a Bigfoot with the scopes they use for hunting feral hogs at night.

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


7 posted on 05/12/2012 3:48:13 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s just sad.

Why would anyone want to kill Bigfoot? What has he ever done to anyone?

Nothing. Zilch, nada.


8 posted on 05/12/2012 3:48:13 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: nickcarraway; tubebender

If Bigfoot travels from his home in Humboldt County Calif. all the way down to Texas, please do not kill him. That is one hell of a walk.


9 posted on 05/12/2012 3:50:05 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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Threads from a few days ago if anyone is interested in the comments thereon.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2880242/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2881356/posts


10 posted on 05/12/2012 3:57:11 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: LucyT

I wouldn’t bet on that. There are some stories of people killed who were found scattered about in pieces. Other people just go missing. There’s one curious aspect of the Class A sightings on BFRO. There are plenty of cases of Bigfoot chasing people, even reaching for them as they sped away. But there are no cases of someone who was caught by a Bigfoot other than the logger from early last century.


11 posted on 05/12/2012 4:11:57 PM PDT by Justa
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To: nickcarraway
Is It Legal to Kill Bigfoot in Texas?

Is marriage to Bigfoot legal?

12 posted on 05/12/2012 4:13:42 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: nickcarraway

Note to self: Do not remove shirt in Texas.


13 posted on 05/12/2012 4:26:22 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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To: mountn man; Bryanw92

Not only is *Her Wookie-Ness* very heavily-guarded, her *massive posterior abundance* has its own unpublished zipcode, apart and distinct from The White Crib.


14 posted on 05/12/2012 4:29:42 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: BinaryBoy

“...remove shirt...”

Disturbing mental image; b-r-r-r-r. LOL. (;^{0


15 posted on 05/12/2012 4:33:01 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: Justa; nickcarraway
There are some stories of people killed who were found scattered about in pieces. Other people just go missing

Really?!!! Sounds fascinating! Got links to those stories?

Probably Bigfoot is an adult Bear with mange/ mites/ parasites.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mange

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mange

16 posted on 05/12/2012 5:01:41 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: BinaryBoy
Note to self: Do not remove shirt in Texas.

lol!

17 posted on 05/12/2012 5:11:34 PM PDT by South40
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To: nickcarraway

Best response I’ve heard so far:

Texas is a special case. If you shoot *both* Bigfoot and your old lady when you catch them in bed together, you can plead temporary insanity. But if you shoot *just* either Bigfoot, *or* your old lady, it’s murder 1.


18 posted on 05/12/2012 5:28:43 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: fish hawk

Your stinking Bear is decimating my bird feeders. She got 4 more last night...


19 posted on 05/12/2012 6:28:30 PM PDT by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: carriage_hill
....her *massive posterior abundance* has its own unpublished zipcode, apart and distinct from The White Crib.

**********

Mooch_Super1

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Just sayin'

20 posted on 05/12/2012 6:50:12 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: carriage_hill
....her *massive posterior abundance* has its own unpublished zipcode, apart and distinct from The White Crib.

**********

Mooch_Super1

***********

Just sayin'

21 posted on 05/12/2012 6:50:25 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: nickcarraway

What could possibly go wrong?


22 posted on 05/12/2012 7:05:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Click

23 posted on 05/12/2012 7:11:44 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: tubebender
save me the head and all four paws, don't want the skin. Keep in freezer and I'll pick them up in a couple of months. If you don't want the meat, quarter it up and I'll take that too. I'm making some really cool Indian Jewelry with the fangs and claws.
24 posted on 05/12/2012 7:42:07 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

LOLOL! Might need its own map & charts, too. Nah; who’d want to document that thing?


25 posted on 05/13/2012 2:18:39 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: nickcarraway

If anyone shoots Bigfoot, the outrage would be explosive. Obama would come out and say “ Bigfoot could have been my son” and looking at Michelle, who could argue?


26 posted on 05/13/2012 5:26:29 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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