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Tulsa 'Bigfoot' was part of a safety campaign

By T.K. Randall
April 7, 2020 · Comment icon 26 comments

It's 'social distance sasquatch'... Image Credit: Facebook / Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area
A large hairy humanoid sighted in the Turkey Mountain area has turned out to be a man wearing a costume.
Sightings of the mysterious cryptid came to light back in March when several visitors to the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area described what they had seen on the area's official Facebook page.

"Over the weekend, we received dozens of calls and messages reporting a 'sighting' at Turkey," an official post read. "While we investigate the matter, this seems like a good time for us to remind you that social distancing of 6ft is required when at Turkey Mountain."

The wilderness, which covers a 300-acre area of undeveloped land in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has proven a popular destination for those looking to take a break from the monotony of isolating at home.

Now it turns out that people really did see a Bigfoot while walking through the area - well, sort of.
The hairy hominid was actually Ryan Howell - a River Parks employee who had been involved in creating a viral campaign designed to inform people to stay at a safe distance while exercising.

"We came out here and staged several sighting photos, and from there it exploded, it absolutely exploded," he said. "It turns out social distance sasquatch is just me in a costume."

"Turkey mountain is not a place to meet your friends and go for a hike not right now."

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Comment icon #17 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
It looks very much to me like someone in a camouflage outfit, very like a gillisuit. It's either a very stupid thing to do, or an extremely iffy way of suicide. I wonder if someone did shoot a BF hoaxer, if it counts as homicide, or manslaughter?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
I assume it would be homicide.  You cannot shoot something that you aren't certain what it is.   I'm not certain that you can shoot any living thing for the hell of it.  If it is threatening you of course, but if there was an mammoth on my property in Indiana, am I OK to shoot it?
Comment icon #19 Posted by tortugabob 4 years ago
Surprise ...surprise.  All of these sightings are fake because bigfoot doesn't exist.   
Comment icon #20 Posted by drakonwick 4 years ago
The most interesting Bigfoot sighting I've ever seen is the Patterson-Gimlin footage recorded back in 1967 and it's still debatable!    
Comment icon #21 Posted by hatecraft 4 years ago
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
Comment icon #22 Posted by tortugabob 3 years ago
Lucky he didn't a cap busted in his a$$. They don't put up with crap like this in OK.
Comment icon #23 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
Wow, those are as bad as Ivan Marx stuff from the 70s, i could take as good bigfoot pics in my yard with tina wearing my 40.00 halloween gorilla suit.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
It's called "free advertising" for the Turkey Mountain Tourist Bureau 
Comment icon #25 Posted by Harte 3 years ago
Comment icon #26 Posted by Phantom309 3 years ago
You would think if somebody was really intent on creating a hoax, they would at least put some level of effort into it....just a wee bit maybe?

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