The year 2020 was one for the history books, not only for the pandemic and the final months of Donald Trump’s controversial presidency, but also for the just plain weird stuff that went down in those months.
The US suffered an invasion of murder hornets, for starters, which has produced wild images of scientists in bomb-squad-like protective gear vacuuming a hive out of a tree in the Pacific Northwest.
And let’s not forget the monolith madness that came to be in the latter part of the year. The international incidents began with a helicopter crew spotting a strange, twelve foot tall structure in the middle of nowhere in the Utah desert, and culminated in a gingerbread homage watching over the yuletide atop a hill in a San Francisco public park.
But, if you thought 2020 was going to be a total outlier, think again. There are still plenty of weird stories to come.
member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives has filed a bill that calls for the establishment of a Bigfoot hunting season in the state. The audacious idea is reportedly the brainchild of Rep. Justin Humphrey, who reportedly put forward the proposal on Wednesday. The fairly succinct resolution, which can be read here, states that “The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission shall promulgate rules establishing a big foot [sic] hunting season. The Commission shall set annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees.”
It remains to be seen whether or not the bill will wind up receiving a vote when the Oklahoma legislature meets on February 1st as, similar to what happened with a Washington state bill aimed at putting Sasquatch on license plates, it could get stuck in the bureaucratic process. Be that as it may, should be resolution pass, it would go into effect on November 1st, 2021. As one might imagine, response to the bill has been mixed with some residents considering it an embarrassing waste of time and others recognizing it as a clever joke which could generate some tax dollars by way of people buying the novelty Bigfoot hunting licenses.
Not everyone was on board, which is not all that surprising.
For their part, a representative of the state’s Wildlife Conservation Commission acknowledged the bill and said that “we use science to make management decisions, and we do not recognize Bigfoot as a wildlife species in Oklahoma.” To that end, one wonders if the passage of the resolution would open up a proverbial can of worms with regards to whether or not it establishes Sasquatch as a genuine creature living in the state and, in turn, its presumed scarcity would necessitate some kind of endangered species protection.
One can only imagine what sort of bill you’d get from the taxidermist after bagging one of these mythical creatures.
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