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Shots Fired in Apparent Confusion Over Bigfoot

Man complains that hunter nearly killed him in case of mistaken identity
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2018 7:37 AM CST
File photo of a metal sculpture of Bigfoot in Whitehall, N.Y.   (Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli /Post Star via AP)

(Newser) – Just your everyday sheriff's message: "It is of great concern that this individual might think it’s OK to shoot at anything he thinks is Bigfoot." The warning comes out of Montana, from Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, reports McClatchy. A 27-year-old man told deputies that he was putting up targets in the woods for shooting practice on Sunday when a man in a black Ford F-150 started firing at him and nearly hit him. When the would-be victim emerged to confront the shooter, he says the shooter offered this explanation: "I thought you were Bigfoot, (and) if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it."

Deputies investigated the scene and did not find the pickup, and Dutton suggested the story, which the man didn't call in until Monday, sounded a little fishy. However, after it ran in the Helena Independent Record, a woman came forward to say that she, too, confronted a man in a black Ford F-150 who had shot at her. In that incident, though, the pickup driver apparently didn't mention Bigfoot. All of which means that someone who may or may not think he's shooting at Bigfoot is possibly shooting at strangers in the North Hills near Helena. "We're working to find this person," says Dutton. (This woman says California is endangering people by not taking her Bigfoot sighting seriously.)

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