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If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him?
Life's Little Mysteries ^ | 20 January 2012 | Benjamin Radford

Posted on 01/24/2012 9:27:44 PM PST by DogByte6RER

If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him?

Bigfoot Target

In the new Animal Planet reality TV show optimistically titled "Finding Bigfoot," a team of experts examines video of an alleged Sasquatch spotted in the Canadian Rockies. The video, shot by a man named Todd Standing, shows something large and dark, standing atop a wooded ridge and then ducking back behind a bush. It could pretty much be anything, and when the experts concluded that the subject was probably not a Bigfoot, Standing expressed his frustration: "No video is ever going to be evidence, ever. It's never going to be good enough…"

Standing, like many Bigfoot researchers, misses the problem: It's not so much that any Bigfoot video is inherently worthless, it's that his video, like all that have come before it, is of such poor quality that there's no way to know what we're seeing. It could have been anything – a guy in a dark jacket (or gorilla costume), a bear or even Bigfoot. The fatal flaw in Bigfoot photos and videos is the image quality, not the image subject. If Standing, the "Finding Bigfoot" team, or anyone else shot well-lit, clear video of what was obviously a 12-foot-tall, hairy bipedal creature in the woods, that would be compelling.

But even the highest-quality photograph or video can't be considered definitive proof of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or any other mythical beast. Similarly, if the goal is to simply make scientists and the general public take Bigfoot seriously, then some verified remains of the creature – be they hair, teeth, blood, bones or something else – would do the trick. [Infamous 'Yeti Finger' Flunks DNA Test]

But definitive proof is a very high standard. Most Bigfoot enthusiasts — and the general public — would be satisfied with nothing less than the rock-solid definitive proof offered by a living or dead specimen.

This issue brings up a longstanding debate within the Bigfoot community: Would be ethical to shoot and kill a Bigfoot? Some say yes, because that's the only way to prove they exist, and once proof is found, funds could be made available to protect them as an endangered species. Others say no -- that because Bigfoot sightings are so rare, they must have very small populations and killing one might drive the animals to extinction. Shooting a suspected Bigfoot with tranquilizer darts is an option that has gained some steam.

Ethics and the lethal-or-nonlethal debate aside, there's a good reason aiming your gun at a Bigfoot could be a bad idea: It might be illegal. A Texas teen shot what he believed to be a Chupacabra earlier this year, and while charges were not brought against him, if the creature turned out to be someone's dog or a mangy coyote, he could potentially have faced a felony charge.

The point is, you simply can't know for sure if the mysterious, burly figure you have lined up in your sights is the real beast, or a bear or someone's pet – or, even worse, just a person in a gorilla suit.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Science; Society; UFO's; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; bigfoot; biggame; biggamehunter; chupacabra; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; ethics; hunting; manbearpig; messinwithsasquatch; napl; sasquatch; skunkape; yeti
Sasquatch Permit

Is it okay to shoot Bigfoot? Only if you have the required permit. Looks like I had better renew mine ... it exprired last year.

1 posted on 01/24/2012 9:27:48 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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2 posted on 01/24/2012 9:29:34 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

No. Odds are it’s just some idjit in a monkey suit.


3 posted on 01/24/2012 9:29:34 PM PST by null and void (Day 1099 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: DogByte6RER
Aw. Funny how nobody ever thinks of using a tranquilizer gun, eh.


4 posted on 01/24/2012 9:32:00 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: DogByte6RER

Yes, just to prove its existence. If it happens to be some clown in a costume, to be it.


5 posted on 01/24/2012 9:32:41 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: DogByte6RER

“Is it okay to shoot Bigfoot? Only if you have the required permit.”

Actually, iffn Bigfoot was attacking you it would be legal to defend yourself.

Just sayin’.


6 posted on 01/24/2012 9:32:41 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: DogByte6RER

I always have my Bigfoot tranquilizer gun with me so it works out favorably for both him and I.


7 posted on 01/24/2012 9:32:41 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


8 posted on 01/24/2012 9:33:45 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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I have the excuse covered.


9 posted on 01/24/2012 9:34:52 PM PST by wastedyears (Not too long you devious little parathyroid. Soon I'll be rid of you and I'll be free.)
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To: DogByte6RER
I'm ok with shooting wild pigs, wolves, mangey coydogs and liberal idiots in gorilla suits.

Yeti? Not so much.

Who could pull the trigger on someone that looks like a former brother-in-law?

/johnny

10 posted on 01/24/2012 9:35:03 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DogByte6RER

He would probably just fart out your campfire if you shot him.


11 posted on 01/24/2012 9:35:25 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: DogByte6RER
If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him?

Nah. Just stop messing with him, finally offer him some Jack Links beef jerky, and hang out and be friends.

12 posted on 01/24/2012 9:36:52 PM PST by Ackackadack
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To: DogByte6RER

Is it okay to shoot bigfoot? Heck yeah, them’s good eatin’!


13 posted on 01/24/2012 9:37:04 PM PST by Nachoman (I HOPE we CHANGE presidents.)
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To: All

The question could also be asked ... If you spot some drunken prankster in a gorilla suit out in the wild, should you NOT shoot him?


14 posted on 01/24/2012 9:37:18 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Sure. Like they say in South Louisiana, “You can eat that.”

They are good with rice and a good roux. Bigfoot Jambalaya.

Don’t forget the Louisiana Hot Sauce since they can be a little gamey.


15 posted on 01/24/2012 9:38:04 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I have watched the show “Finding Big Foot” several times. I admit I worry alot about the character Bobo as he has all the characteristics of a person kidnapped and kept for a few months as a gay bigfoot’s love slave.


16 posted on 01/24/2012 9:43:35 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Sequoyah101
Like they say in South Louisiana, “You can eat that.”

They say that about EVERYTHING.

/johnny

17 posted on 01/24/2012 9:43:45 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DogByte6RER

Well,, depends how many breeding pairs there are i guess. Thats just good game management.


18 posted on 01/24/2012 9:44:51 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: DogByte6RER; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Very-long-pig ping!


19 posted on 01/24/2012 9:46:57 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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20 posted on 01/24/2012 9:49:27 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Slings and Arrows
If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him?

Nah, WildBoy would probably get very annoyed with you.

(obscure 70's reference)

21 posted on 01/24/2012 9:54:25 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (In the good times praise His name, In the bad times do the same, In everything give thanks)
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To: DogByte6RER

The story of bigfoot precedes any modern documentation. Many old cultures have stories of these hairy men. There must be something to it. I’m more inclined to say they’re more of a demonic embodiment since no concrete evidence ever seems to come up. I don’t know. I’m fascinated by this. The most compelling thing has been the Patterson/Gimlin film; and people are 50/50 on that one.


22 posted on 01/24/2012 9:54:25 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: DogByte6RER
– or, even worse, just a person in a gorilla suit.

Or just someone in a dark down jacket. The figure in Standing's video could be just that. You're more likely to run across a hunter in the woods than a guy in a gorilla suit so the Big Foot you shoot at might shoot back too.

23 posted on 01/24/2012 10:09:03 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: DogByte6RER

You skeptics make me laugh. I don’t whether or not bigfoot exists, but if the species is shown to exist, you guys are going to be the new flat earth society. Then you all will be trying to prove that something that exists, doesn’t. LOL.


24 posted on 01/24/2012 10:09:58 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine)
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To: DogByte6RER
No. Do not bring back any proof of bigfoot's existence. If you do accidentally shoot one, shovel and then shut up. Just one captured or killed bigfoot and suddenly the EPA will turn the western half of the US into a bigfoot preserve and the Dems will register all 37 million of them to vote.... and they will get 110% bigfoot voter turn out to turn a lot of red states blue.
25 posted on 01/24/2012 10:11:28 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: DogByte6RER


A face only a hunter could shoot?
26 posted on 01/24/2012 10:11:51 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ackackadack

Good answer. He’s been messed with enough...lol


27 posted on 01/24/2012 10:12:16 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Olog-hai

Tranquilizers have to be carefully measured to the weight of the animal. If you load one up for a big 12 ft. creature that Big Foot is supposed to be and shoot a human with it instead you’ll still have a dead human on your hands.


28 posted on 01/24/2012 10:15:20 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Would Laz hit it??

29 posted on 01/24/2012 10:17:30 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Bobalu
You would have to ruin the thread by posting a picture of MooChelle.
30 posted on 01/24/2012 10:24:38 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: DogByte6RER

I’d hit him in the head with a rock and see what happens.

Unless he can belt out a smoking rendition of “Suspicious Minds” and has the moves and mojo to sell it....


31 posted on 01/24/2012 10:25:40 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Bobalu

Hell yeah....


32 posted on 01/24/2012 10:32:27 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
I love Bobo! I enjoy the show. I think it is a possibility that they exist. Too many people have seen them. A dead one would be good proof, but how many guys in a gorilla suit would you get first?
33 posted on 01/24/2012 10:34:23 PM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Slings and Arrows

When I see anything Bigfoot, I think of Harry and the Hendersons.

Shoot him? No way...I want to liberate him, and make him a productive member of society.

;o)


34 posted on 01/25/2012 12:01:10 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork.)
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To: DogByte6RER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjO63r0HhjI


35 posted on 01/25/2012 12:31:28 AM PST by CALawyer
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To: faucetman

I have watched the show. A claim that “Bigfoot” exists is extraordinary. An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary evidence such as a dissected body studied by competent scientists. Witnesses are deceived, make mistakes or are outright frauds.


36 posted on 01/25/2012 12:36:01 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Slings and Arrows
If you shoot one, it will just tick off the Greys who use them for their heavy lifting. You will not enjoy the result.


37 posted on 01/25/2012 12:56:53 AM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Vendome

“I’d hit him in the head with a rock and see what happens.”

Probably something like this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhxDmVc3VAw&feature=related


38 posted on 01/25/2012 1:52:14 AM PST by Semper Mark (Pray. Vote. Buy ammo.)
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To: DogByte6RER
If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him?

No, it's just some dude running around the woods in a ghillie suit

39 posted on 01/25/2012 2:44:23 AM PST by fso301
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To: Thorliveshere
Many old cultures have stories of these hairy men. There must be something to it.

It's called hypertrichosis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertrichosis


40 posted on 01/25/2012 2:58:03 AM PST by fso301
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To: DogByte6RER
If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him?

Bad idea! She'll likely be surrounded by secret service agents......

41 posted on 01/25/2012 2:59:52 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: DogByte6RER

There should probably be some regulations in place before these things start showing up at sausage processors around the country. I’m thinking they should be hunted like Leopards; over bait at close range with a 12 gauge shotgun and buckshot. A .308 at 150 yards hardly seem sporting. Then again perhaps killing them isn’t the way to go. Tranquilize them and get a good breeding stock. We could teach them to smoke and wear funny hats then harvest their organs for our use. I’d like a Bigfoot jacket myself. Heck you wouldn’t even have to do any sewing it if you did a good job with the skinning...a couple cuts around the hands, one around the neck, open the front and just peel off your stylish new jacket. You could use some finger bones as buttons. Tre Chic!


42 posted on 01/25/2012 3:49:54 AM PST by 762X51
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To: dixiechick2000

Ah, he’ll just vote Democrat.


43 posted on 01/25/2012 6:02:24 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

44 posted on 01/25/2012 6:03:44 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Markos33

LOL

Liked this one better. Hell, they’re all funny:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eotb8Dc6CBA&feature=related


45 posted on 01/25/2012 8:56:19 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ha!

Not MY Bigfoot!


46 posted on 01/25/2012 11:50:14 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork.)
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To: DogByte6RER
When will this bull end?


47 posted on 01/26/2012 1:29:05 AM PST by Daffynition (When I was a chiId was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ain’t seen no Bigfeet ‘round heah since I got muh first gun. Not that that means anything.

[shifty eyes]

Whut’s whut... oh, that?

Why, that there’s a Bigfoot carcass. Git ‘im just this mornin!

[gulp]

Lookit here, the mean bastid swallered him a man whole right afore I kiltim.


48 posted on 01/26/2012 8:45:11 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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