Troy Hudson, an expert on Bigfoot, will speak about the legend on Saturday, December 10, at the Delaware County Library in Jay.
Some consider it an urban legend. Others consider it a hoax.
For Troy Hudson, Bigfoot is all too real.
Hudson, a Henryetta, Oklahoma native, is a tribal-liaison with the Sasquatch Genome Project, a group of of scientists and researchers who are out to prove the existence of Bigfoot, also known as a sasquatch.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, Hudson will make his way to Jay to share his experiences and educate those wanting to know more about the project and the creature itself.
According to Hudson, the education part of his town hall presentations is what he likes the most.
"[I like] helping people understand, and helping people who have friends that are naysayers, and give them a hard time about being a believer," Hudson said. "I am able to be that bridge between them and help them explain to non-believers so they can tell their story."
Hudson, along with a few other associates, will begin his town hall meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, at the Delaware County Library, 429 South Ninth Street, in Jay.
The town hall, though, is not meant to sway anyone's opinion on the existence of Bigfoot, according to Hudson.
"We are to present what we've seen, what we've heard and what we know in both physical experience, in being an investigator out in the field, and scientific data that's been collected," Hudson said. "I explain to them, you can make up your own mind."
Hudson, who began his investigations at a Bigfoot Expedition in 2004, has more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement and military service.
There are several parallels, Hudson said, between what investigators searching for evidence of Bigfoot do at a location, and the practices of law enforcement at crime scenes.
"They get a call and go and visit the site," Hudson said. "The only difference between them [law enforcement] and me is I am getting information prior to visiting the location to get a mental picture.
"I am building the scene in my head, trying to think of the things I am going to need, maybe additional people if it's a big area."
For Hudson, having experience in law enforcement also helps weed out who is telling the truth and who is not, when interviewing people who have called in sightings of Bigfoot.
"The main thing that helps me do this particular work compared to other investigators that don't have a similar background is the skills I learned in the interview process," Hudson said. "The key is being able to sit and talk with this person and finding out if they are giving you a line of 'bs' or legitimately passionate witnesses that saw something.
"That's experience you can't get just watching tv shows and trying to go out there and do an interview."
Along with information gathered from the interviews, and scientific research gathered in the Sasquatch Genome Project, Hudson will present photos and audio recordings obtained through the various investigations.
The town hall is free and open to the public.
Source: Grand Lake News