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Hunt for Bigfoot in Kentucky Park Ends in Gunfire

The debate over whether it’s ethical, legal or even necessary to kill a Bigfoot in order to prove its existence rages on in many corners of the cryptid world. Regardless of which side one occupies, it should come as no surprise that even non-kill proponents carry firearms with them while searching for the elusive Sasquatch. While obviously comforting to the carrier, it can be dangerous not just to their fellow Squatch-seekers but also to other humans in the woods. That was graphically illustrated last weekend in Kentucky where a man claiming to have been in a camp attacked by a Bigfoot showed a couple he encountered his gun before heading back into the woods. A few minutes later, the couple heard gunshots and followed the man’s advice by running away in the opposite direction. Is there a dead Bigfoot somewhere in Mammoth Cave National Park? Or a dead Bigfoot hunter?

“it was Bigfoot country which seemed a little weird that he would say that.”

Brad Ginn, one-half of the camping couple, told WBKO News in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that he thought it was strange that a man who approached him and his companion at 2 am on July 28 would let him know they were in Bigfoot country. After all, there are plenty of reasons to be camping in one of the most popular parks in the U.S. and plenty of things – animal or human – that could destroy a campsite. Yet that’s what a mysterious man (the Associated Press reports he was with his son) told Ginn he blamed for his bad fortune and he planned to make it pay.

“He said I hope you have weapons and then he flashed his gun at us and was like ‘I have this so if anything happens to you then just yell and I’ll come.'”

Madelyn Durand, another camper (it’s not clear if she and Ginn were a couple), said the man told them to be careful and if they heard gunshots to leave the area immediately. She estimates that they heard the shots about 10 minutes later, called 9-11 and headed for the parking lot five miles away.

“Mammoth Cave Law Enforcement Rangers responded to an incident involving an individual with a firearm at one of the park’s backcountry campsites at approximately 2 a.m on Sunday. Park rangers made contact with all parties involved and no injuries occurred.”

Molly Schroer, a spokesperson for the rangers, indicated to the Louisville Courier Journal that they spoke with the shooter, but he was not identified in any of the stories. Nor was there any report of any other Bigfoot sightings, Bigfoot-related camp destructions or other unusual activities that night. Schroer warned that while it’s legal to carry a firearm in the park (although not in the caves or on torus) but actually firing it is “strictly prohibited.”

What of you see a Bigfoot? Should you throw the gun at it? What if it catches it?

Yes, there have been a few Bigfoot sightings in Kentucky but the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) reports that they’re extremely rare and park officials say it’s safe to hike, camp and tour the caves.

Was “Bigfoot destroyed my camp” just a convenient excuse this guy used to run around scaring other campers and firing his gun? It’s unclear. Is this an isolated incident? Probably not. Should “hunting Bigfoot” be included in the various gun and hunting discussions going on around the country? Only if you want an argument.

Does a Bigfoot need to be killed to prove its existence? Those tired of blurry pictures, questionable footprints and lack of DNA evidence might say yes. Those who believe it’s a close relative of humans might say no. Those who don’t believe at all might wonder if there are armed Scots patrolling Loch Ness.

What do you think?

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Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.
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