Since Spike TV has announced the reality show titled “Ten Million Dollar Bounty On Bigfoot”, I have been receiving many requests on information on the legalities involved in killing a Bigfoot. Therefore, I investigated what any Bigfoot hunter may expect when they have Bigfoot in the cross hairs and pull the trigger.
There are existing laws for the protection of Bigfoot in many states, and some have no protection at all. Any hunter must expend due diligence in researching the laws of each state. In Arizona, the law does not specifically mention Bigfoot, but there are provisions for the bagging and possession of primates. It specifically states, "All species of the family Pongidae of the order Primates. Common names include: orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas" are restricted wildlife and may not be taken (R12-4-406 section G paragraph 4).
Recently, there has been a change in the scientific community through DNA studies. Several independent studies are or have been completed by certified and qualified laboratories. None of which has passed the scientific requirements of “peer review” and publication in a scientific journal. However, this is where the Bigfoot killer may run into problems. These studies have indicated that Bigfoot is half human (A Homo sapien mother and an unknown hominini father). No ape or monkey genetics involved.
Whether or not you believe these DNA studies is not relevant. If someone produces a Bigfoot body which has been killed by non-natural causes from a human, a precedence of law will have to be established. This is usually done through a “test case” in a court of law. The corpse will be confiscated and tested and autopsied by a certified law enforcement lab. They will determine if Bigfoot is human or not. If it turns out to be non-human, then everything is “hunky dory” for the killer unless the killer violated state laws. However, if Human DNA is found and the Bigfoot is half human, the killer may be brought up on murder charges anywhere from manslaughter to 1st degree murder. A planned trip to kill a Bigfoot could be considered forethought and could constitute 1st degree murder. It would be up to the courts to decide the severity of the sentence.
I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be caught up in such a scenario, and spend my resources and life defending myself in court.