Hunter Rick Dyer, who claims to have killed Bigfoot outside of San Antonio in 2012, is now facing heat from the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The organization, which campaigns for humane treatment of animals worldwide, does not believe Bigfoot exists, but it has a message for the hunter who calls himself “the best Bigfoot tracker in the world.”
“The bottom line is, when someone sees a rare, exotic animal their first instinct shouldn’t be to shoot and kill it,” PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt told the Houston Chronicle. “Just because you see something pretty, that doesn’t mean it should be mounted on your wall.”
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said on Tuesday that it was actually legal to shoot Bigfoot in the state, if such a beast is real.
“We don't acknowledge that one exists,” Major Larry Young, game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, said. “But if you wanted to shoot and kill a Bigfoot in the state of Texas, you would just need a hunting license.”
Dyer recently released photos of the Bigfoot he claims he killed and preserved in 2012. He says in a blog post that he killed the creature in defense, and goes on in detail about how he tracked and shot Bigfoot.
(Photo courtesy of Rick Dyer/Facebook)
The Huffington Post notes that Dyer was involved in a Bigfoot hoax in 2008 when the body turned out to be a rubber ape suit.
Whether they do exist or not, Rajt said, “As an organization we do oppose hunting of any kind. It's cruel and unnecessary and can damage populations and ecosystems.”
Dyer and his management team are planning to take the 8-foot-tall Bigfoot corpse on an international tour beginning Feb. 6 in Flagstaff, Ariz.