A man hunting Bigfoot has been fined $525 for failing to obtain a permit.
Matt Pruitt, a Bigfoot researcher and influential member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO), was leading a group through the Buffalo National River Park in Arkansas when he and his 31 comrades were stopped by park rangers. The park rangers looked up Pruitt on the BFRO website and determined that he was conducting a business venture, so he needed a permit.
Karen Bradford, chief ranger at Buffalo National River Park and one of the rangers who cited Pruitt seems to be unclear as to the real reason behind the citation. She told FOX News: “He was given money by people to lead them on an expedition. When you complete any sort of transaction you become a concessionaire and need the proper permit.”
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette quoted Bradford as saying: “We are in this to protect our resources. If he’s got people running around in the park, who knows what they’re doing looking for this elusive creature.”
Bradford told FOX News: “It’s highly unlikely that he would have gotten a permit if he applied for one. It’s not normal practice to issue them for expeditions to find Bigfoot.”