Animal Legal Defense Fund Sues to Stop Texas Bigfoot Hunt

Posted on April 1, 2013

Parks and Wildlife Department Taken to Task for Greenlighting Sasquatch Slaughter

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Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund

BigfootAUSTIN — Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is filing a lawsuit against the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, requesting judicial review of the agency’s May 2012 administrative finding that Bigfoot is an indigenous "nongame" species that can therefore be hunted without a permit. The Texas Administrative Procedures Act requires that administrative findings are "reasonably supported by substantial evidence." The suit alleges that the agency’s designation is arbitrary and capricious due to a lack of credible evidence supporting its conclusion that the elusive primate is indigenous to the state of Texas, and cites a preponderance of evidence that the man-beast is instead native to Northern California.

Why are Texans messing with the yeti? Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 67.001 defines "nongame" species as animals who are indigenous to Texas, not endangered, and not otherwise listed in any other part of the code. According to expert declarations accompanying today’s lawsuit, the alleged evidence that Bigfoot is a Longhorn–mostly shaky, grainy videos of what appear to be humans in giant hairy ape costumes–cannot reasonably support the Department’s finding. ALDF is also pursuing endangered species protections for the secretive simian, under Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 68.00.

"Cryptozoological creatures like Bigfoot must not be deprived appropriate legal protections," says ALDF attorney Chris Berry. "The lack of credible evidence that Bigfoot is indigenous to Texas sets a clear legal prohibition on Sasquatch hunts in the Lone Star State."

10 thoughts on “Animal Legal Defense Fund Sues to Stop Texas Bigfoot Hunt

  1. Ian says:

    Thank you ALDF, for standing up to this injustice!

  2. Lindsey says:

    Love this!

  3. patrick robbins says:

    If it weren’t for organizations like the ALDF the Bigfoot would be hunted down for the self seeking glory of individuals for monetary gain and self plublicity. Scientific studies do not need a type specimen and contrary to what the pro-kill camp says, bigoot is a rare and scientifically valuable creature that needs protection. Agian, thanks for the ALDF in their efforts.

  4. chad says:

    I really hope this isn’t an April fools joke!
    Afterall an DNA study does show there really is something to bigfoot

  5. Armando Gomez says:

    Texas and other states need to protect the Woods People.( aka Bigfoot,Sasquatch,Yeti,Oma,Boogyman,Grassman,Wildman
    These rare hominiod beings should be protected, like in Washington state.They exist pretty much all over the world like Alaska,Canada,Russia,Western Europe,Asia,Australia,U.S.A.
    Protect our Ancient Relatives.

  6. Sean says:

    Ummm…April Fools?

  7. Robin Lynne says:

    You should contact Dr. Melba Ketchum. With her DNA studies she would be very helpful. With all the information that she has, she could make a huge difference in this case. She has done a paper that explains what they truley are. A form of people. She also has her own protection groups. combined with your groups a huge difference could be made.

  8. Guy Chapman says:

    I will now donate. This is far and away the best and most effective April Fool joke I have seen this year. Google Nose was funnier, but the way the cranks swallowed this hook, line and sinker places it on a level way above simple buffoonery!

  9. Barbara G. says:

    There is no proof that Bigfoot ever existed anywhere. This must be a joke. This is like saying that T-Rex is still living and should be protected. A judge wouldn’t have allowed something as silly as this to even be allowed in court.

  10. Hannah says:

    Obviously it is an April Fools joke.

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