08 May 2012 -- Anyone seeking ultimate proof of the existence of Bigfoot should head south. In Texas, it is legal to shoot and kill this legendary giant ape, known in other parts of the world as Sasquatch or Yeti, which has never been discovered.
According to an official with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Bigfoot isn't listed as an endangered species, so Texans are free to kill a Sasquatch.
"If the Commission does not specifically list an indigenous, nongame species, then the species is considered nonprotected nongame wildlife,"
David Sinclair, direction of the law enforcement division at Texas Parks and Wildlife, wrote in an email response to a curious Bigfoot believer....
"A nonprotected nongame animal may be hunted on private property with landowner consent by any means, at any time and there is no bag limit or possession limit."
John Lloyd Sharf of Salem, Ore., contacted Texas Parks and Wildlife to inquire whether Bigfoot was protected in Texas. As one of the 29 percent of Americans who believe Bigfoot inhabits the country's remote woodland areas and is just really difficult to find, Sharf was apparently motivated by the concern that the as-yet-undiscovered creature could face extermination in the state.
"So, it is the case all individuals of an unknown species … could be exterminated without criminal or civil repercussions — essentially causing extinction?"
John Dickey · Supply/Mail tech at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Unfortunately, you have been a victim of a gross misrepresentation of statements taken totally out of context and misquoted by John Lloyd Scharf. Scharf is a retired prison guard and self-proclaimed expert, who is often shunned by most Bigfoot researchers.
Here is the official position of the Texas Parks and Wildlife as it should have been quoted by Scharf:
"- until a verifiable specimen of Sasquatch is found in Texas, our
agency has no authority."
Our authority is not limited because of a lapse
in Texas Parks and Wildlife Code or other state laws – it is limited
because there is no verifiable evidence that such a species is indigenous
Our agency only has authority over wildlife that is ‘indigenous to Texas’ (TPWD Code 67.001).
Circumstantial evidence is
If at some time, a new species is identified in Texas by some “by solid
or irrefutable evidence,” we do have the authority to act and protect
the species as necessary.
Thank you for your letter and your interest in Texas wildlife.
Branch Chief, Wildlife Diversity
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