Bigfoot program steps into library Red Room

It’s hardly a small matter to Larry Battson.

In fact, Bigfoot is such a big deal to the wildlife educator that he has spent more than 30 years researching the creature that animal specialists cannot quite prove is real. Battson will present the free program “Bigfoot/ Sasquatch” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.

The program will include at least a mention of a 2006 sighting in Bartholomew County.

Battson and his wife Cheryl operate Wildlife Educational Services in Greencastle. In his travels, Battson has taken molds of footprints, has audiotapes of the sounds the creatures make and has read journals of families that had close encounters with them.

Although Larry Battson spotted what he thinks may have been Bigfoot, he isn’t certain. His spouse spotted what she believed to be a Bigfoot in her car’s headlights as she returned to their home in rural Putnam County several years ago.

Battson says there have been Bigfoot sightings in all of the states in the nation except Rhode Island and Hawaii. He first became interested in Bigfoot when he talked with wildlife researcher Jim Fowler of the “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” TV show.

“Either this is one of the greatest hoaxes ever known, or one of the most interesting animals ever known,” Larry Battson said. “Either way, it’s a heck of a good story.”

Information: 812-378-1266 or mybcpl.org.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.