'Bigfoot' Killed by Car in Montana Baffles Even Police

bigfootA man dressed up as Bigfoot (or Sasquatch) was struck and killed by two cars Sunday night while he was trying to provoke a sighting in Northern Montana. I am not sure whether to laugh or cry. 

Randy Lee Tenley put on a full military style "Ghillie suit" and stood in a lane in the highway, waiting for someone to call in a Bigfoot sighting. WTF? Sorry, but seriously. This isn't a laughing matter as a man is dead, but come ON. These suits are specifically designed for camouflage. What did he think might happen?

As bizarre and dumb as it is on one hand, it's also sad if you look at it another way. Maybe Tenley wanted to put a little magic back in people's lives. Maybe he wanted us to believe in something. Still, he picked a dangerous way to do it.

Let's, for a moment, ignore the fact that it's dangerous to walk around dressed as a supernatural or cryptozoological creature. Maybe he just wanted people to believe in something. The fact is, it's a pretty depressing world out there right now. Maybe this man wanted to bring back a little mystery.

OK, so standing out on the highway wearing camouflage may not be a great plan, but I have some other ideas to bring back whimsy that might not be as dangerous. Maybe a woman could go flitting through the forest on wires, wearing wings and sprinkling pixie dust. Maybe a person could wear a giant space suit and emerge from a cardboard UFO saying, "greetings, Earthling." Or maybe another man could trek through the Himalayas wrapped in a frozen suit of snow.

What's that you say? All of these are dangerous? Oh yes. Well, there IS that. 

Look, a man is dead and that is horrifically sad. Making fun of him seems pointless and cruel. I appreciate the effort to bring a little humor and curiosity back to a world that has seen it all. But for God's sake, people, stand on the SIDE of the road, OK? Let's also not ignore the fact that this was dangerous to others as well, not just himself. Someone in one of the cars could have been killed as well.

When even the cops are shaking their heads and saying they have never heard of anything like it, you know it might have been a really bad idea.

Do you believe in Bigfoot?

 

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cmjaz cmjaz

He was struck by cars driven by a 15 year old and then a car by a 17 year old cause they didn't see him in time. Those poor kids are traumitized and could've been seriuosly hurt. The man was stupid.

zombi... zombiemommy916

I don't know about Bigfoot, but I definitely believe in human negligence...for whatever reason, three families are irrevocably changed forever...why?!?

Ninja... Ninjabubble

I live in the town where this happened. The girls are traumatized as the man was extremely stupid. The police are trying to find out if alcohol was involved.

Heather Thornton Wiles

I do think that out in the wild, where there are creatures we still don't know that much about, there could be something like a Bigfoot, or just a very large primitive animal (gorilla or large monkey of some kind.) It's not out of the realm of possibilities.
But what this man was just downright stupid. The tragedy that is now upon his family and friends to have to deal with. If only he had stood on the side of the road to get attention. But even that could have caused some kind of car wreck, resulting in injuries, possibly death. Don't mess with people behind the wheel of a large hunk of metal with wheels traveling 70 MPH....only bad things can happen. They need to concentrate on the road ahead of them, and any other cars around them, not being surprised by a so called Bigfoot on the side of the road, looking like he wants to cross. And the complex feelings that are hitting the people in the car(s) that hit him, that trauma will stay with them for a lifetime. It wasn't worth whatever kind of reaction he was trying to get out of people. Not worth it at all. And now he's dead. I'd say shame on him, but he paid the ultimate price for his stupidity. in the end.

Burie... BuriedAlive636

I live in Montana & all I could do was shake my head. I don't understand what would drive a man to stand in the road wearing ghillie get up; regardless of his motives. That's just asking to be hit. It's sad, sure, but with the way things have been going in this state, it wouldn't surprise me if there was alcohol or some other mind altering substance involved. Rational and sober people do no stand in the middle of a highway for shits and giggles.

Elizabeth Trosper

My question is, why did they choose to hit it? Aren't you not supposed to hit anyone on the road when your drive? If you see something, you go around it because you don't know what it is and if it's something heavy that can damage your car. Also how can you not see it in the middle of the road? Was it night time?

aponder aponder

 


Elizabeth Trosper


Facebook comment from Elizabeth Trosper
on Sep 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM


My question is, why did they choose to hit it? Aren't you not supposed to hit anyone on the road when your drive? If you see something, you go around it because you don't know what it is and if it's something heavy that can damage your car. Also how can you not see it in the middle of the road? Was it night time?


 


to reply to the above I once hit a big black cow, it was night time and it was rainy and foggy.  So most likely it was something to that effect.



tammy... tammyc1106

He was in camouflage so i am sure that these kids did not see him until it was too late. How stupid on his part. Do i feel bad that someone died; sure; but his intentions were to scare people which could have caused someone else's death. What goes through some one's head that makes them believe something like that would be a good idea??!! I feel bad that his family has to go through the loss of someone close to them but he had to have known there could be some serious consequences walking in the middle of the road in a gillie suit in the dark.

Stefanie Olsen Nordberg

I live in Western MT where this happened. Yes it was at night, and the ghillie suit he was wearing is a military/combat suit that makes it so that a person looking at someone wearing it does not see a "shape" or "body outline" of a person. It blends in with the background to enable snipers/soldiers to be not seen, even in daytime so the fact he wore it at night made him even more unable to be seen. Stupid, just stupid. I do believe they ended up saying he had been drinking...duh....but now his poor family and the two teenagers have this to deal with forever! Shouldn't of happened!

Rita Curry

 Just some one's idea of a joke? That person may have other reasons for doing what he did. Nobody in their right mind, would ever pull a stunt like that. I'm sorry for the drivers & his family, but nobody will ever know the truth, as to why!!!!!!!!!

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