Oklahoma lawmakers have increased a bounty for the capture of Bigfoot to $2.7 million, just weeks after a bill was proposed for its capture.
Oklahoma lawmakers have increased a bounty for the capture of Bigfoot to $2.7 million (US$2.1 million), just weeks after a bill was proposed for its capture.
Representative Justin Humphrey introduced the bill to the Oklahoma legislature in early January.
The bill reads that the hunting season would be regulated by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, which would set annual dates along with specific hunting licenses and fees.
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"A lot of people don't believe in Bigfoot, but a lot of people do," Mr Humphrey said in a news release.
He suggested that creating a hunting season for the creature could help draw in tourists.
"Tourism is one of the biggest attractions we have in my House district," Mr Humphrey said.
"Establishing an actual hunting season and issuing licenses for people who want to hunt Bigfoot will just draw more people to our already beautiful part of the state. It will be a great way for people to enjoy our area and to have some fun."
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One disclaimer attached to the proposed bill is that hunters must capture Bigfoot unharmed and not break any laws in the process.
The proposed hunting season has gathered momentum in the state with tourism officials developing promotional items including novelty licence plates, merchandise and "Bigfoot tracking stations".
There are also plans for businesses along State Highway 259A to be allowed to sell annual Bigfoot tracking permits, the proceeds of which will go to local communities.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/oklahoma-bigfoot-hunting-bounty-exceeds-2-million-dollars/1eff718f-9c2f-42d7-9609-36c5cbaffae3