RUTLAND, Vt. -
Bigfoot sightings across New England have been reported for hundreds of years.
"Red glowing eyes, about 7 feet tall, making a sound like a pig squealing or a woman screaming and walking like a man but looking more like a gorilla," Paul Bartholomew said.
That's the most common description researcher and Bigfoot author Bartholomew hears from those who say they've seen the Sasquatch.
"It's a global phenomena and it's here in our own backyards," Bartholomew said.
Bartholomew's backyard - Whitehall, N.Y. - has had recorded sightings for centuries.
"You go back to the Algonquin and the Iroquois and they talk about the stone giant and the giant men of the mountains. The Abenaki had their creature reports. So this whole area is rich in traditional reports of this creature," Bartholomew said.
But there are some more recent reports, he says. One was supposedly spotted at a local golf course in the 1970s. It now uses Bigfoot as its logo. And Whitehall passed an ordinance to protect the creature in 2003. There's even a statue of Sasquatch in town.
Just east of Whitehall, sightings have been reported along Route 4 and all across the state of Vermont from Bennington to Colchester.
Frank Siecienski of Hubbardton believes a Bigfoot was near his home.
"One section of my apple tree, the apples were completely devoured. One whole section. I pointed it out to my wife and she says 'oh God,' the deer must have been hungry. And I said no, a deer couldn't have eaten that many apples in one night," Siecienski said.
So Siecienski set up a trail camera trying to catch the sasquatch on tape. On a September night two years ago he recorded something.
"I found out from researchers that this is a female sasquatch with its young underneath it. It's protecting its young," he said, showing the recording.
Whether you believe the evidence collected is reality or just a ruse, they'll have an interested audience Saturday. The TV network Animal Planet will bring its show Finding Bigfoot to Rutland. Producers will pick stories to feature on the show.
"Not only is it a fun, upbeat, interesting, different story that is being filmed here. And the local community is getting very excited about it," said Tom Donahue of Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce.
Bartholomew hopes the show will bring some more credibility to his claims.
"Our major goal is to bring this out of the tabloid mentality and bring it into science. The DNA age. And I think that's right where we're heading," Bartholomew said.
Big news for Bigfoot fans all across Vermont.
Few details about the network's plans have been released, but our sources say about 100 people will show up, and three stories will be chosen.
Edited by: Brenda Booth