Drunken Bigfoot Hoax Goes Horribly Wrong

A 44-year-old Montana man went into traffic dressed as Bigfoot. It did not end well.

A 44-year-old Montana man went into traffic dressed as Bigfoot. It did not end well.

Daily Inter Lake (“Sasquatch stunt takes a tragic turn on highway“):

A man dressed in a military-style “Ghillie suit” who was attempting to provoke a Bigfoot sighting was struck by two vehicles and killed on U.S. 93 south of Kalispell Sunday night.

“He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting,” Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Schneider said. “You can’t make it up. I haven’t seen or heard of anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him.”

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell.

Schneider said Tenley’s motivations were ascertained during interviews with friends who were not in the immediate area but were nearby when the man was struck at about 10:30 p.m.

“Alcohol may have been a factor,” Schneider said. “Impairment is up in the air.”

Adding tragedy to tragedy, the two drivers that hit Tenley were teenage girls, who’ll likely have nightmares about this the rest of their lives. I’ve been unable to ascertain whether Tenley left family behind.

Apparently, his stunt did not result in any reported bigfoot sightings.

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Comments

  1. I like this image better.

  2. mantis says:

    Drunk, camouflaged, and walking in traffic on the highway at night?

    If he doesn’t have kids, that’s a Darwin Award winner.

  3. al-Ameda says:

    Does anyone have any doubt that men, more so than women, are really having problems in this country?

    Seriously, Mantis is dead on, Natural Selection.

  4. michael reynolds says:

    “Alcohol may have been a factor.”

    I think we probably could have guessed that, James.

  5. Rob in CT says:

    There’s a reason “go play in traffic” is an insult…

  6. EddieInCA says:

    I’m guessing this will be a Darwin Award Nominee.

    Probably a winner too.

    Posthumously, of course.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Adding tragedy to tragedy, the two drivers that hit Tenley were teenage girls, who’ll likely have nightmares about this the rest of their lives.

    Yep.

  8. MarkedMan says:

    The Darwin award is always posthumous. You have to remove yourself from the gene pool to win. Hmm.. anyone ever win by shooting his equipment off?

  9. grumpy realist says:

    @MarkedMan: Actually, there has been at least one Darwin Award winner who has managed to remain alive but did in fact remove himself from the gene pool by truncating his dangly bits….

    For obvious reasons, none of these individuals have been women….

  10. Dazedandconfused says:

    Sasquashed.

  11. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Dazedandconfused:

    Sasquashed.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Dazedandconfused:

    Sasquashed.

    We have a winner!

    (sorry about the 2 post)