Editor's note: This is part of occasional series about Bigfoot and Champ sightings in Vermont and New York.
A group of amateur researchers are searching the north woods of Vermont and New York for a strange woodland creature, long thought to be extinct, popularly known in folklore as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In the North Country of New York, New England and Quebec, the creature is known by its Abenaki name, Wejua.
Is Wejua a hominoid? The majority of biologists scoff at the idea that a large "ape", a close relative to mankind, still populates the woodlands of North America.
Hominoids are members of biology's superfamily of primates; it includes both 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) Wejua is ever produced, it will most likely be classified as an hominoid by science.
Bigfoot or Wejua sightings are the focus of the Northern Sasquatch Research Society based in Hudson Falls, N.Y. Its members include Frank Siecienski of Hubbardton, Brian Gosselin of Whitehall, Cliff South of South Glens Falls, and John Pearson and Bill Brann of Glens Falls.
Over the next several weeks, in multiple parts and through the voices of NSRS researchers themselves, we'll report on spine-tingling accounts of Bigfoot in our region.
Former Whitehall police officer Brian Gosselin was an eyewitness to a now famous incident on Abair Road in Hampton, N.Y., near the Vermont state line, across from Fair Haven.
Gosselin has been featured on several national television documentaries about Bigfoot.
We continue our multi-part interview with NSRS researchers about Bigfoot sightings in our region:
L.V. Brian, Bigfoot and Yeti researchers around the word know you. You're an eyewitness to an amazing event that occured back in 1976 in Whitehall, N.Y. Can you and Bill Brann please talk about it?