A politician is trying to introduce a Bigfoot hunting season in an effort to track down the mythical beast.
Republican Representative Justin Humphrey has asked the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission to push through the policy in the US.
He has introduced House Bill 1648, which would come into force on November 1, 2021, if it were passed.
Part of it reads: “The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission shall promulgate rules establishing a Bigfoot hunting season.
“The Commission shall set annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees.”
Micah Holmes, Assistant Chief of the Information and Education Division at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, told Fox News : "It is a real bill, yes.”
However, it is unclear if the body will offer its support.
Mr Holmes added: “Here at the department, we use science to make management decisions, and we do not recognize Bigfoot as a wildlife species in Oklahoma.”
The Oklahoma legislature is set to meet on February 1.
Humphrey said the bill is meant to generate interest and promote tourism in the area.
He told Mcalester News: “We have the best kept secret there is.
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“I think that Bigfoot is pretty elusive. I don't think we'll find him.”
Humphrey added: “In today's political climate, there's nothing wrong with having a little fun.”
The southeastern area of Oklahoma which Humphrey represents is famous for Bigfoot sightings.
In Honobia, a Bigfoot Festival and Conference is held ever year, but was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Its website reads: “Whether you're a serious Bigfoot scholar or a seeker of folklore, you'll find fellow explorers at the Kiamichi Christian Mission, located at Highway 144 and Indian Trail Highway in the deep woods of tiny Honobia.”
Back in December, an Oxford University professor put out a call for samples for mysterious ape-like creatures who’ve been spotted roaming the Earth.
Bryan Sykes, a professor of human genetics, has previously been involved in high-profile cases dealing with ancient DNA, including that of Ötzi the Iceman, the mummy of a man who lived between 3,400 and 3,100 BCE.
Bigfoot is a controversial subject, beset with scandals that have destroyed the careers of previously respected scientists in the past – but this has not put off Sykes.
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