Hunt For Bigfoot Set for September 16-17 In Tionesta
TIONESTA, Pa. (EYT) – The Allegheny National Forest attracts many visitors each year to enjoy its 513,175 acres of land, but some experts are looking for one particular visitor – Bigfoot.
(Photo courtesy Keystone Bigfoot Project)
That’s right, Bigfoot. Also known as Sasquatch, Yeti, and even Hairy Man, Bigfoot has become fodder for various television reality shows, books, magazines, and even grocery store tabloids.
Convinced that there is at least one Bigfoot in northwestern Pennsylvania, a group of experts are headed to Tionesta to take part in the first annual Summers End Squatch Watch on Sept. 16 to September 17 on Lighthouse Island.
Skeptics might question that the reality of Bigfoot is about as logical as finding a lighthouse in Tionesta.
Sponsored by Taylor Diversion Programs in Tionesta, the free programs will include various experts on Bigfoot to share their research on what has grown into a legend. The group will share their experience and encourages the public to bring their own questions or sightings.
Taylor Diversion Programs is a youth and family focused support program, which embraces a national movement to keep at-risk youth in school and beyond. By providing a comprehensive program that will empower youth to make positive changes in their lives, Taylor says its vision comes with a clear understanding that every child is at-risk.
“The Friday night Town Hall program is patterned from the ones held of “Finding Bigfoot that everyone is familiar with on Animal Planet,” said Dave Dragosin of the Keystone Bigfoot Project. “Alex Hartzell, the person that we’re dealing with there thought this would be a good program, not only for the kids that they teach at Taylor Diversion, but the entire area because there have been a lot of Bigfoot sightings and reports, not only in that area but all of Pennsylvania. We thought it would be a good time to bring someone in and provide a little feedback on what is going on.”
Dragosin said if they would find one of these creatures, whether it be alive, dead, or wounded, there are protocols. Most of the two days of activities are designed to present research on Bigfoot, but the hope to find the elusive creature is always a hope of the experts.
“If we would find one, there would be mass media frenzy,” continued Dragosin. “It would be like the Pope coming to Tionesta to visit.”
Dragosin and his wife Cindy are used to skeptics when they talk about Bigfoot, including skepticism from members of their own families.
Dave and Cindy Jacobson both like to present their research and document sightings of Bigfoot. Dave is the former assistant director for western Pennsylvania of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot society and is also a forensic artist. They have participated in various research investigations.
Jim and Diane Trick of the Goosebumps Paranormal Society will also be in Tionesta. Jim is a certified paranormal investigator, and they both have been featured on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot. Additionally, Mace Morris and Cindy Manning of the Sasquatch Research Team will also be there. Mason and Cindy are active field researchers currently spending much of their time into local research areas making new discoveries frequently.
Following the opening Friday at 5:30 p.m., a Town Hall meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. where audience members can bring forward stories of sightings, unexplained phenomenon, and questions without fear. Depending on the response and participation, creditable recent sightings could be followed up with an investigation by the team.
Saturday starts at 10:00 a.m. with demonstration of how to cast footprints if someone is successful in finding traces of a visit by Bigfoot.
At 11:00 a.m. a forensic artist will sketch a sighting from an actual report.
Afternoon sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. will include topics like “Forensic Art Applied to Cryptozoology,” “Eyewitness Anecdotal Reports,” “Sights and Sounds of the Paranormal,” and “Incidents, Evidence, and Sightings.”
A link for the Clarion Connection radio program with Ron Wilshire talking with experts is available below.
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