Jan 23, 2021 8:30 PM

Lawmaker proposes 'Bigfoot' hunting season

Posted Jan 23, 2021 8:30 PM
Photo courtesy Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference
Photo courtesy Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference

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 in southeast Oklahoma, where a Bigfoot festival is held each year.

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.