Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 30th, 2008
North Texas (CBS 11 News) ― A local organization has been tracking Bigfoot sightings in North Texas for years. They work on proving the creature’s existence through video or photographic evidence.
Craig Woolheather is a member of the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy. He believes he came face to face with the creature in Louisiana.
“It was about 11:30 at night, and we noticed in the headlights of my vehicle a large, upright figure off to the right of the road,” said Woolheater. “As we approached, we noticed that it was covered in hair… I said we got to stop, and [my wife] refused.”
Woolheather said he regrets not stopping to investigate, but that regret turned into a passion. In 1994, the Texas Bigfoot Conservancy was born. The TBRC is 60 members strong.
Now he tracks Bigfoot sightings all over southern America and North Texas.
The most recent reported sighting in North Texas was in 2006 in Navarro County near Navarro Mills Lake. A husband and wife reported a creature darting across the road as if fleeing something.
The oldest incident documented by the conservancy was in 1971 in Bosque County near the Bosque River. The family said they heard growling and some sort of yelling. They reported seeing a large being outlined in the streetlamp over a bridge. They said it looked like an ape with long, dark hair.
In both cases the TBRC reported plenty of water and food in the area that could sustain a Bigfoot creature.
Once the organization proves Bigfoot exists they want to preserve its habitat.
No animal experts in North Texas would comment on this story.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.