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Texas Bigfoot Tidbits

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 17th, 2007

Daryl Colyer, one of my colleagues from the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy, sent the following news to be posted here at Cryptomundo.

On Thursday, 13 September 2007, I had an enjoyable, energetic and interesting conversation with Dr. Duane Schlitter, Program Leader for the Nongame and Rare and Endangered Species Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife. During that conversation, Dr. Schlitter agreed to participate in the 2007 Texas Bigfoot Conference as a featured speaker. Dr. Schlitter will be an excellent addition to an already outstanding line up of speakers.

The list of speakers for the 2007 Texas Bigfoot Conference now includes:

Pete Aniello
Dr. Henner Fahrenbach
Alton Higgins
Dr. Jeff Meldrum
Rick Noll
Dr. Schlitter
Kathy Strain

Formerly of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as Curator of Mammals, and later with Texas A&M University’s Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection, Dr. Schlitter is co-author of National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife, and Bats of Dominica. He was a contributor to Wilson and Reeder’s Mammal Species of the World, and the Fourth International Colloquium on the Ecology and Taxonomy of African Small Mammals.

Dr. Schlitter has long been involved in the search for rare wildlife species in Africa and Asia. He was part of the Smithsonian group who viewed the Patterson-Gimlin footage early on as featured in Argosy and was friends with Ivan Sanderson. Dr. Schlitter will take questions and will speak about what Texas Parks and Wildlife’s course of action might be should the TBRC collect definitive evidence of the sasquatch’s existence through its camera-trap project, Operation Forest Vigil.

Dr. Schlitter has been quoted in the past regarding our research. From the October 31, 2005 issue of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, comes the following quote:

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department requires more than anecdotal evidence before the state agency will take Sasquatch seriously.

“To conclusively prove … Bigfoot in Texas, we would need an image that included details to show us that it was not a doctored or edited image in any way, or we would want a body itself,” said Duane Schlitter, who oversees the TPWD’s Nongame and Rare and Endangered Species program.

“The latter would be the extreme, but many doubters will be hard to convince. As a romantic scientist, I would like to be around when and if one is ever found anywhere.”David Casstevens
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

During our conversation, I found Dr. Schlitter to be very personable, engaging, interesting, polite, respectful and excited about the Conference. He told me that he was planning on attending the Conference regardless of whether he was going to be a speaker.

Also of there are a couple of other tidbits worth mentioning:

The TBRC just had its scientific research permit renewed for its camera-trap project, Operation Forest Vigil, to be continued on National Park Service land.

The TBRC’s website redesign project, after experiencing a setback, has been reinstated by another web design company and the new site is scheduled to be unveiled in November, perhaps at the Conference. The site promises to be unique and more along the lines of mainstream wildlife and conservation sites, complete with a database-driven sightings report system.

10 Responses to “Texas Bigfoot Tidbits”

  1. bill green responds:

    hey craig good morning wow thanks for new texas bigfoot updates definetly very interesting indeed. bill green 🙂

  2. Ole Bub responds:

    Thanks to Craig, Daryl and the fine folks at TBRC…

    I look forward to seeing all of you at the Jefferson conference…stay safe…watch where you put your hands and feet.

    live and let live…

    ole bub and the dawgs

  3. Lee Murphy responds:

    The TBRC conferences keep getting better every year. Can’t wait for this one!

  4. Sergio responds:

    I think it will be very much worth the long trip trip across New Mexico and across much of Texas. I think it will be worth it for anyone, regardless of where they’re coming from. I will be there for sure and am very much looking forward to it.

  5. Patrick Bede responds:

    Sounds great. I am making plans to attend this conference. I’ve heard all good things about the ones TBRC did in the past.

  6. DWA responds:

    All good news.

    It does say something about the evidence for the sasquatch that mainstream scientists in positions like Dr. Schlitter’s are coming to the point of involving themselves with the topic.

    Some of us might say it’s 40 years late. But better late than never.

    I’ve replaced three sets of thumbs twiddling them for the release date of TBRC 2.0. But I have no doubt that the new site will be worth the wait. I mean, my TBRC long-sleeve T-shirt was. 😉

  7. Sergio responds:


    Any chance to shake hands with you at the TBRC conference?

  8. DWA responds:


    Don’t think I’m going to make it this year. But I really have to put it on the calendar for next year.

    In fact one of my To-Do vacations for one of the next several years: visit the Big Thicket region, and just camp, drive and walk around for two solid weeks with my ears pricked and eyes wide open.

    There’s something to this, and my money says the so-called skeptics don’t know what it is.

    I have still never talked, in person, to someone who has told me of an encounter with the sasquatch.

    Which is in no way the same as never having met someone who has seen one. As we all know too well.

  9. Mike Smith responds:

    I can’t wait. Ole Bub did you say you are going? If you are I would like to meet you. I always enjoy reading your comments. See everyone there.

  10. bill green responds:

    hey craig whats new with texas sasquatch activity & footprints. thanks bill green

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