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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
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To: carriage_hill
....her *massive posterior abundance* has its own unpublished zipcode, apart and distinct from The White Crib.




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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23 posted on 05/12/2012 7:11:44 PM PDT by RedMDer (
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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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