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'If I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I shoot at it': Montana man says a hunter shot him because he mistook him for the mythical monster

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/19/2018 Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com

a group of people in a forest: A 27-year-old man claims he was shot at by a hunter in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck who 'mistook him for Bigfoot' while he was out at target practice on Sunday near Helena, Montana (stock photo depicting the mythical character) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A 27-year-old man claims he was shot at by a hunter in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck who 'mistook him for Bigfoot' while he was out at target practice on Sunday near Helena, Montana (stock photo depicting the mythical character) A Montana man claims he was shot at by a hunter 'who mistook him for Bigfoot' and rationalized the potentially-deadly case of mistaken identity by saying: 'If I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it.'

The accidental target - an unnamed 27-year-old from Helena - told police he was out at shooting practice on Sunday when he suddenly became a target himself.

He said one bullet landed three feet to his left and another whizzed past him on the right, causing him to take cover in a nearby patch of trees as more shots rang out. 

Once the gunfire appeared to have stopped, the man came out to confront the shooter, who was sitting in a black Ford F-150.  

He said the shooter told him: 'I thought you were Bigfoot,' adding: 'I don’t target practice — but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it.'

The man insisted that he was not Bigfoot, and the shooter responded by advising him to wear orange to avoid becoming a target in the future. 

The alleged victim conceded that the shooter had a point about his target practice attire, but reported the incident to Lewis and Clark County police the following day anyway. Sheriff Leo Dutton then relayed his story to local media.  

Dutton said local authorities are now looking for leads in identifying the man in the black pickup, but added that 'there was some question about the veracity of the report', in part because it was delayed an entire day. 

Police checked the area where the shooting allegedly took place but didn't find the truck, according to ABC Fox Montana

The man reportedly couldn't describe his alleged shooter and said he didn't want to pursue charges or speak with deputies, Dutton said.  

However, after reports of the alleged shooting appeared in local news outlets, another woman came forward with a similar story, potentially corroborating the man's account.  

The woman, who has also not been named, told authorities that she had been shot by a man in a black F-150, whom she also confronted. 

She was able to provide police with a better description of the alleged shooter but did not make any mention of Bigfoot in her report.  

Dutton said an investigation is underway and that if the reports turn out to be true, the shooter could face charges of attempted negligent homicide.   

'It is of great concern that this individual might think it’s okay to shoot at anything he thinks is Bigfoot,' Dutton said. 

The police chief said he does not believe the public is in danger because the activity seems to be localized to the North Hills near Helena. 

There are a number of alleged Bigfoot sightings in the US every year as some 16 percent of Americans believe the furry humanoid creature is real despite a lack of categorical evidence.   

Earlier this year, one woman went so far as to sue the state of California to get it to recognize the legends as an actual species so it could be protected.

That suit was dismissed on the grounds of noncompliance, but the woman vowed to rewrite and refile the suite after consulting with attorneys.  

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