Oklahoma lawmaker proposes 'Bigfoot' hunting season

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 18:46:47-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of a state lawmaker in Oklahoma.

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

Rep. Justin Humphrey's district includes the heavily forested Ouachita Mountains, where a Bigfoot festival is held each year near the Arkansas border.

He says issuing a state hunting license and tag could help boost tourism.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, which oversees hunting in Oklahoma, says the agency uses science-driven research and doesn't recognize Bigfoot.