Centralia — Since giving a presentation at the Centralia Timberland Library in April and leading an expedition into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in June, bigfoot researcher Scott Taylor has stayed busy.
Shortly after the Gifford trip, Taylor led a group into the Olympics.
As an investigator for the Bigfoot Researchers Organization, Taylor helps collect evidence of Bigfoot's existence. The researcher says he has had multiple interactions with the controversial creatures, including one during his Olympics expedition.
"It went really well. We had a family of five sasquatches that were watching the people walk by," Taylor said. "It was pretty interesting and fun for those guys."
The alleged 7- to 8-foot-tall creatures -- which are purported to be humanlike with ape attributes or apelike with human attributes, depending on whom you ask -- have long been a source of fascination in the Pacific Northwest. They are said to primarily reside in forested regions with plenty of protein sources, and Washington historically has been a hotbed of sightings, according to the BFRO.
Taylor frequently counsels people dealing with sasquatch squatters.
Often, the sasquatches are living in a field or a barn or, in the case of one Washington family, a front porch, BFRO researcher Scott Taylor said Friday.
Over the summer, Taylor worked with the family to develop an amicable relationship with their visitors. He hoped to create a non-threatening environment, by sharing gifts and other gestures of good will, he said.
Evidently it worked: "The sasquatches took to swimming in an above-ground swimming pool," he said. "We pulled a huge wad of hair out of the filter."