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Bigfoot Killed in Montana…or not

bigfoot costumeA Kalispell, Montana man dressed up as Bigfoot was struck twice by cars traveling on U.S. 93 Sunday night August 27 and killed. His Sasquatch look-alike hoax attempt was made using a military-style “Ghillie suit” that military snipers and hunters use to blend in with the forested area they are in.

“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.”

It’s not known whether the deceased man identified as Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell was a Bigfoot enthusiast or whether the prank was thought up while drinking with friends. Officer Schneider said friends were nearby but not in the immediate area. Tenley was struck first by a 15 year old girl from Somner and then run over by a 17 year old girl also from Somner at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.

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

Tenley was pronounced dead at the scene.

One has to wonder where were this guys supposed friends when he had the bright idea of standing in a Ghillie suit, whose purpose is to make you hard to see, at night in traffic on a remote highway. Now those two young girls are going to have this awful memory haunt them for years to come.

People are asking why a 15 year old driving at 10:30 at night. In Montana you are allowed to get a permit at 14 and a half if you have passed the required tests and a Learners License 6 months later. There is also a curfew for new drivers of 11 p.m. but this young lady was within that limit. Remember that Montana is a rural area and kids here may have been driving farm and ranch vehicles since they were big enough to reach the pedals.

Teenagers may obtain a Traffic Education Learner’s License (TELL) as early as age 14½ years old only if they are in a state-approved traffic education program (online courses are not approved).

Teenagers may get a Learner’s License from a driver exam station if they are 15 years old and successfully complete a state-approved traffic education program (online courses are not approved), or are 16 years or older (Source: Motor Vehicle of Montana)

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