'Bigfoot' Says His Rights Were Trampled

Jonathan Doyle says the First Amendment protects him and his character: Bigfoot. Last fall he dressed up as Bigfoot and surprised hikers at the top of a mountain in a New Hampshire park. Doyle claims it was a bit of performance art. Park rangers were not amused when Doyle did it again, and they kicked him out of the park. They said he didn't have a permit.

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MADELEINE BRAND, host:

Good morning. Im Madeleine Brand. Jonathan Doyle says the First Amendment protects him and his alter ego, Bigfoot. Last fall, he dressed up as Bigfoot and surprised hikers atop a mountain in a New Hampshire park. Doyle claims it was a bit of performance art - thats all. Call them Philistines, but park rangers were not amused when Doyle did it again, but bigger, with singing and dancing. They kicked him out of the park. Doyle has filed a complaint. He says even Bigfoot has free-speech rights. Its MORNING EDITION.

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