A group of amateur researchers are searching the north woods of Vermont and New York for a strange creature long thought to be extinct-known in folklore as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In the North Country of New York, New England and Quebec, the creature is known by its regional Indian name, Wejua (wee-jew-ah).
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.
Former Whitehall police officer Brian Gosselin was an eyewitness to a now famous August 1976 Bigfoot incident on Abair Road in Hampton, N.Y., near the Vermont state line, across from Fair Haven.
Gosselin has been featured on several television documentaries about Bigfoot.
We continue our multi-part interview with Gosselin and fellow NSRS researchers about Bigfoot sightings in our region:
L.V. Bigfoot and Yeti researchers around the word know you, Brian Gosselin. You were an eyewitness to an amazing event that occurred back in August 1976 in the Whitehall, N.Y. area. Can you please resume where we left off in part 2 of the Wejua Files?
Gosselin: On the night after the thing was first reported, I contacted a New York State Police trooper. He was on duty, alone, and I was off duty as a Whitehall, N.Y., police officer.
I asked the trooper to join me-me in my car and the trooper in his state police car-and go out (to Hampton, N.Y.) to see for ourselves.
I went out to Abair Road as a skeptic-I really did. But then when I heard my father talk about it, I started to believe there was something there.
It was after midnight and a cool night for August. It was dead silent with better than a half-moon in the sky.