Did you know that it's completely legal to hunt down and shoot a Bigfoot in the state of Texas?

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The legend of The Horizon City Monster in El Paso is our version of the Bigfoot legend, where a giant ape-like creature supposedly roams Horizon City and the Franklin Mountains and is open game for hunting.

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It turns out that Bigfoot is not only big business but also an obsession for many, which led to the creation of the Bigfoot Researchers Organization (BFRO). Bigfoot is also much more relevant in today's modern world, becoming part of our pop culture, even spawning TV shows and specials hoping to capture footage of the hirsute beast one day.

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Whether you know it to be a Bigfoot, Sasquatch, The Horizon City Monster, or Yeti - they all reference the same mythical creature that roams forests and mountainous areas from the Pacific Northwest and Canada, all the way to Southeast Asia.

Over the centuries, thousands of eye-witnesses have reported sightings, but we have yet to find proof of its existence to this day. According to NationalGeographic.com, places like Skamania County, Washington, issued an ordinance in 1984 stating that killing this “endangered species”  creature can earn you a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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But while the state of Washington serves as a Bigfoot refuge, there's no such decree in Texas, making it completely legal to hunt and shoot down the hairy ape-like man.

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Texans don't mess around, and as a matter of fact, there are reports about one gentleman who claims that he shot two Bigfoots in the 1970s.

Interestingly enough, in an episode of the Travel Channel program "In Search of Monsters," which debuted in April, The BFRO revealed the best places to see Bigfoot in America listed Texas in the top 10.

While Bigfoot may or may not exist, animal rights activists such as PETA believe the creature should be left alone and without harm instead of being hunted for exotic sport. In contrast, another school of thought believes that we'll never know what we are dealing with unless one is captured and studied and would then consider listing them under an endangered species list if need be.

But until one of these elusive creatures is discovered, Bigfoot's legend will continue for future generations to come.

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