Bigfoot researchers face a conundrum of life-and-death importance. We pretend that it’s not true, but it is. The only way that sasquatches will be proven as a real species is for a dead one, or a large portion of one, to be brought in for scientific scrutiny. That’s right, a dead one is the only way this mystery will be solved.
We might hope that DNA evidence will prove the species exists without having to kill one, but this is unlikely. Novel DNA would only draw the interest of those specialists that understand DNA data to begin with. I suppose that when enough specialists start making enough noise about the likelihood of bigfoots being real, then perhaps an organized party would be dispatched with the mandate to take a specimen. At the end of it all, though, is a dead one.
This post isn’t about whether or not that point of view is morally or philosophically right (we all have our opinions), but rather about the dangers that obtaining a specimen holds in store for the person holding the gun. It is a position that I would never want to be in, and one that could cost the hunter his/her own life, as well as that of the sasquatch in the cross hairs.
The first danger that comes immediately to mind is the general hazard of being in the woods. Since most seasoned hunters are pretty well equipped to deal with the elements and animal dangers in the woods, I’ll skip this one.
Personal safety should be seriously considered AFTER the shot is fired at a sasquatch. If a hunter managed to shoot one of these things, it is most likely that the shot would not immediately kill the sasquatch. So, the hunter would effectively manage to seriously injure and piss off a cunningly intelligent, blindingly fast, and brutally strong monster that probably knows where you parked your car. Think about that walk back to the car, probably in the dark, and probably in difficult terrain… The wounded sasquatch is out there somewhere, and it isn’t happy.
In the unlikely event that the sasquatch is brought down with one or two shots, can one be sure it was alone? Primates, whether we’re talking about humans, baboons, or apes, are social animals. When a bigfoot vocalizes or knocks, is it doing that to itself? Probably not. They’re doing that to communicate with the other bigfoots in the neighborhood. If there are other bigfoots in the neighborhood, I wonder what they’d think about someone killing a member of their family group? They might feel much like what you would feel like under similar circumstances: vengeful.
Dr. Krantz, an advocate of killing a sasquatch to prove they exist, was once asked what he’d do after killing a sasquatch. He thought for a moment and replied, “Reload.” Good advice.
And finally, think about misidentifications. What if it’s not a bigfoot that is being shot at? What if it’s a person in an ape costume? What if it’s a person in dark clothing? While laws prohibiting the hunt of sasquatches are rare, it is illegal to shoot morons in ape costumes everywhere in America and Canada.
Hunters out there are probably saying that they know about the first rule of hunting, which is to never shoot at anything unless you are absolutely positive you know what it is. That may be true, but some hunters aren’t as smart as you probably are, and mistakes happen. It’s possible that somebody might take a shot at someone thinking they were a bigfoot.
That happened recently. Check out this news item:
Montana man says he was shot at after being mistaken for Bigfoot
Alleged shooter: “If I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot”
By Brian Newlin
HELENA, Mont. – A Montana man told authorities Monday that he had been shot at while doing target practice because a man mistook him for Bigfoot.
The 27-year-old alleged victim said he had been putting up targets on public land in the North Hills on Sunday when bullets started flying. He told police a bullet hit about 3 feet to his left, and then another to his right before he ran for cover and continued to hear more shots.
The man said he then confronted the shooter, who was in a black Ford F-150. The shooter reportedly told him that because he wasn’t wearing orange, he thought he was the mythical creature Bigfoot.
“I don’t target practice, but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it,” the shooter said, according to the victim.
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