Adults (and kids), please don't try this at home. A 44-year-old man trying to trick people into thinking he was a strolling Sasquatch met a grisly end near Kalispell, Mont., Sunday night. Exactly how and why are almost too hard to believe.
Sadly, Randy Lee Tenley won't be fooling monster hunters anymore.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Schneider told KAJ18 News that Tenley's friends reported he was zipped up in a fuzzy, military-style ghillie suit, hoping to stage a Bigfoot hoax. While trying to jog across U.S. Highway 93, the shaggy trickster was struck by a 15-year-old girl, driving in the right southbound lane, who couldn't get out of the way. Tenley was hit a second time, this time run over by another teen's vehicle while lying unconscious on the road.
"It's still a crash involving vehicles and a pedestrian," said Trooper Schneider. "So we're still doing the same investigation, but once we started speaking to parties, then someone involved in it, trying to ascertain exactly what brought that gentleman out to Highway 93.
"He was apparently trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting. 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."
Montana is nuts about its Bigfoot family and is the site of the annual Elliston Bigfoot Hunt, a playful tribute to its favorite mythical beast. So the Sasquatch legend continues in northwest Montana ... minus one hoaxer in a woolly brown suit.