The Western Canadian Sasquatch Research Organization hopes a newspaper advertising blitz this summer will help sniff out reports from witnesses who have encountered the legendary hairy giant. "Many reports are not brought forward because many people who have a story to tell do not want to be ridiculed," said Roman Forczek, a Lacombe welder who specializes in conducting field research for the sasquatch group. "We do receive a lot of stories that you just have to dismiss. That is unfortunate, because we do treat the research seriously." The sasquatch group has already collected nearly 700 accounts dating back to the early 1800s of footprints, sasquatch sightings, strange animal vocalizations and suspicious physical damage in the woods. Its researchers, which include a Calgary chemist and lab owner, have analyzed hair samples, shot photographs and video and travelled to secluded sasquatch hot spots in their quest to prove the legendary creature exists. The group was founded in 1999 under the name Central Alberta Sasquatch Research. It now has 33 members and covers
"His brother, to his deathbed, swore that is exactly what he saw." Field trips Neither Baillie nor Forczek has seen a sasquatch. However, both said they have seen evidence the creatures exist during separate field research trips to verify earlier sasquatch reports.
Forczek said he heard cracking branches, guttural grunting and high-pitched screams outside his tent in the middle of the night during a sasquatch research trip southeast of Big Horn dam in August 2005. A search the next day failed to turn up any physical evidence. And Baillie said he saw massive, human-like footprints from a creature with a huge stride in April 2005, when he checked out a forestry road north of Nordegg where a man had reported seeing a sasquatch two weeks earlier. The research group is serious about weeding out hoaxes, Baillie said. There certainly have been some unbelievable reports and at least one crazy request, he added. Quite a few years back, one woman wrote to the group "looking for love," Baillie laughed."She was looking for a sasquatch because she wanted to mate. We never got back to her."
So if you have anything to report or want to go sasquatch hunting, now is a good time !