We are a dedicated group of researchers that are collecting evidence on cryptids with an emphasis on Bigfoot/Sasquatch. Our research area covers East Texas, Southeast Oklahoma and all of Louisiana.
Our mission is to obtain video, audio or physical/biological evidence of sufficient quality to compel the Scientific world to action on a serious effort to document the existence of an indigenous primate living in the United States commonly known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. We are not attempting to harvest a specimen, if one needs to die to prove it exists we are willing to wait for it to do so via natural causes. If you have seen one of these animals or perhaps "manimals" is a better term, we would like to hear about it. Please click here to send us your incident report.
Click here to see other sighting reports.
Click here to learn more about these recordings and to listen to more unidentified vocal recordings made over the last several years.
To listen to more recordings captured over the last two years, visit the Audio Recordings link in the menu at the top of the page.
Over the last few years we have had some questions from fellow researchers regarding the microphones that we use with our hanging digital voice recorders. Most want to know where we got them, how much they cost, etc. We were originally buying them off of Ebay for anywhere from $10 to $25 dollars, some of these did a good job and others not so much. Eventually we decided to take one apart so that we could see how they were wired with an aim toward perhaps trying our hand at building some ourselves. It turns out that building them is cheaper than buying if you have the time and the need for more than 2 or 3 mics. After some trial and error with several brands of microphone capsules we finally hit on a good combination of parts to produce quality field recordings. What follows are the part numbers and step by step photos for building your own microphones that when done should cost around $5 each. You will need a soldering gun (preferably with a fine tip), solder, small gauge wire, some heat shrink tubing (for water proofing) and some stereo/mono headphone jacks.
Click here to read the full article on building small field microphones for capturing wild life recordings and potentially some that are undocumented.
Most of the audio on this site was recorded on manned trips where a group of researchers were camped within a mile or so of the device. Since we all have day jobs and families to get back to our time that we can dedicate to being in the woods in person is limited to maybe one weekend a month. For a typical researcher spending 14-21 days in the field per year is about all that most are able to invest away from their lives for this pursuit. This is a hard limitation that impacts all research groups (with the possible exception of the Finding Bigfoot crew). What was needed was a device(s) that can be deployed into an area and left for a week or possibly more at a time to gain more results with minimal time investment from the researcher. Basically, we were looking to do the same with audio as one might with a game camera. What follows is one of our current setups to attack this problem. Since audio is the cheapest and easist tool to determine if an area has activity we have been working on ways to collect more of it without having to be in the woods ourselves. This can be accomplished through the use of Digital Voice recorders that have the ability to address a large amount of memory (say 8 gigs or more) and the ability to program a timer so that you are targeting the hours of most activity, say between 8PM to 6AM. An example of such would be the TASCAM DR-03... Click here to read more.
We made a trip to Oklahoma on an invitation from a witness and to check some areas that he felt might result in evidence. This area has a history of sightings and while we were there we found an 8ft Cedar with fresh limb twist offs. On close inspection hair was found trapped in the limbs with some hair pulled from heights above 4ft off the ground, 5 cockle burrs were found on the ground and were matted in the same hair. We could see that some of the hair tapered to a fine point, hair length varied from 1 1/2 inches to over 7 inches. Samples were submitted to 5 different labs for ID, black bear was eliminated as a possible source by Dr. Lynn Rogers and staff from the Wildlife Research Institute and by the Mammalogy department at Sam Noble Musuem of Natural History in Norman, OK. Click here to read more on the Oklahoma hair find.
A couple of comments on our participation in the DNA Study.
1. Our sample is identified in the study as sample number 1.
2. Those looking for access to the study itself can download the released results by clicking here.
3. The results were not what we were expecting when we first submitted our samples.
4. We were not surprised by Journal resistance to getting the study published, we expected what happened and worse.
5. Our team does not include any DNA experts so we accept the results and conclusions of the authors at face value.
6. We hold enough of the original sample to continue to participate in future good faith efforts at DNA testing.
Five-Year Genome Study Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America
DALLAS, Nov. 24, 2012 A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America. Researchers’ extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.
The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:
“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens. Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo. Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. “The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual,” explains Ketchum.
“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.”