The Wejuk Files: In search of Big Foot

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Editor's note: This part of an occasional series about Bigfoot and Champ sightings in Vermont and New York.

In 1991 a popular science book, titled "The Hominid Gang: Behind the Scenes in the Search for Human Origins" written by Delta Willis, hit the international bestseller lists. The book told the story of paleoanthropologists searching for fossil "ape men", the ancestors of humans, in Africa. The term "Hominid Gang" has been used endearingly ever since; it now collectively describes dedicated paleo detectives searching for our prehistoric past.

Vermont and the North Country has its own "gang"-a gang of hominoid researchers; but this gang is in search of Bigfoot or Sasquatch, a strange woodland "ape" long thought to be extinct.

Hominoids are members of biology's superfamily of primates; it includes apes and humans. So, based upon the details of dozens of eyewitness accounts in New York and Vermont since the 1600s, if a living (or dead) Bigfoot creature is ever produced, it will most likely be classified as an hominoid by science.

This region's "Hominoid Gang" include members of the Northern Sasquatch Research Society based in Hudson Falls, N.Y.

NSRS members straddle the Vermont and New York state line; they include Frank Siecienski, of Hubbardton, Brian Gosselin (an eyewitness to the creature), of Whitehall, Cliff South, South Glens Falls, John Pearson and Bill Brann of Glens Falls.

Over the next several weeks, in several parts and through the voices of NSRS researchers, we'll report on several spine-tingling accounts about Bigfoot in our region.

L.V.: How did the Northern Sasquatch Research Society get started?

Brann: We organized nearly six years ago, but our mutual interest and experience with Sasquatch sightings goes back 34 years-plus now.

L.V.: Are Bigfoot sightings something new in this part of Vermont and New York:

Brann: In 1603, Samuel de Champlain reported several native stories about Sasquatch sightings along the St. Lawrence River. The Native Americans of that time were calling the creature the Stone Giant and Hairy Wildman. In the 1700s, Robert Rogers and his Rangers were pursued by something in the North Woods. One of Roger's Rangers claimed the creature had legs as large as "spruce logs".

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