The Hunt for Bigfoot

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

PARIS, Tex. -- Reports of a Bigfoot sighting in Atoka County surfaced in 2006, and you saw the story here on First News, but nothing much came of that sighting. Now rumors of Bigfoot’s return have surfaced in the woods outside Paris, Texas, so we sent Daniel Gotera to try and find out if the creature is fact or fiction.

It’s a legendary tale that spans generations about a creature so large and so abnormal that lives amongst the trees, but despite “documented video evidence”, people still don’t know if the legend of Bigfoot is one of fantasy or reality.

While many we talked to aren’t believers, those skeptics could be surprised that the hairy monster is closer than they thought.

Meet Tom Biscardi, a man who some have called the world’s leading expert on Bigfoot. Biscardi is an explorer who travels the country six months of the year looking for the creature and who doesn't care what people say about his passion because he says he knows that the legend is true.

"I was the biggest doubting skeptical person in the world back in 1973, but I found out the mistakes they made."

Those mistakes which Biscardi and his team of investigators say they have corrected by recording footage back in March.--never before seen by anyone else-- in the woods surrounding Pat Mayes Lake outside Paris, Texas.

"It just gets us even closer to the end of our quest, and that it just proves that there is another species out there that nobody’s ever heard about”

When asked what goes through your mind when he saw that video, Biscardi’s response was, “I freaked out."

In what Biscardi calls the hottest Bigfoot area of the country, the Pat Mayes Lake Swamp, an apelike creature has been seen by several locals, and now he wants to capture it, but to do that a plan of action is needed.

"The whole area is going to be illuminated and I’ll have so many people here that we'll catch this creature as it comes back out. We've got our darts, we've got our biopsy, we're prepared tonight, and this might just be history come true."

So in order to see first hand, I went along with the group on their latest expedition to the swamp at Pat Mayes Lake, but before our trek into the wilderness, the crew detailed some of the items they would use to reel in the creature.

"Heat seaker, night vision goggles, vest, 50,000-volt taser, thermal image...These are our 300,000 volt cattle prod just in case…that will take down an 800-pound bull..."

T.J. Biscardi is Tom's son, and once we arrived at the location at 8:30 in the evening he made sure everyone knew their role in the nights hunt with safety being a number one priority.

"Boom, you check to see if the person is in front of you still, I don’t want someone getting lost and going the wrong direction. If you can’t see the person in front of you, you're not following close enough.”

"If you feel that you're being threatened at any point in time open up your mouth and we'll all remember collapse to the middle and bunch up as a team."

And after a prayer, we set out not knowing what or who we would encounter in the vast darkness.

When asked how much of a thrill it is every time he goes out, Biscardi responded, “It’s like turning over another stone. I just can’t wait to turn it over to see what’s underneath.”

“This is the night, though that if it does come back, I have enough manpower and enough camera crews all over the place that we might get enough film or a physical capture."

For the previous four days in Paris, Tom Biscardi and his team searching for Bigfoot toured the area looking for any signs of the creature, but unlike previous visits this time the creature wanted to communicate right back.

Large slashes, resulting for what Biscardi says have been large boulders thrown in the water by the swamp ape, alerting family that visitors were in the area.

"Did you see it? He threw one out there. Did you see it?"

Biscardi says each night as soon as they arrived on scene the team heard three splashes. This night, there were five.

"Did you hear it? Did you hear it? My guys are flushing him; my guys are out there right now flushing them out that way."

But for Tom, just hearing the splashes isn't enough. He wants visual proof.

"We've got three cameras right now deployed around the cove besides the one you already saw these are the three here, and then we have three receiver boxes in the trees so there’s one over there and there’s one here and there’s one here."

Rex Howdyshell is in charge of setting up audio and visual equipment around the swamp. Each video feed is recorded onto a VCR with a multiplexer that will take the three images and record them at the same time.

"These guys are getting paid for their expertise. They are putting their lives on the line. Man, you know this is a huge amount of money. Just on this expedition alone is about $70,000 for the week, so it’s not two cents, but we're successful at what we do, you see the elaborateness of what we do and the quality of the video you get. When we get up to the top, I’m going to show you the thermal imager. Anything that has blood running through it, you're going to see it. "

Biscardi is one of many who say they have seen one of the many species of Bigfoot up close and personal, and its those experiences that help him hone in on capturing one.

"Twelve feet is the closest that I’ve ever seen one of these creatures, and that was in northern California. We were in about 100 yards and all of a sudden I started to smell this stink, and then I saw it run. As it turned and looked at me, I thought I was looking at a human being. It just totally just blew me away, and it just stops you in your tracks. Oh yeah, I gotta tell you we ran like hell.”

It was that moment a report came in from the team down by the lake regarding the splashes from stones allegedly thrown by the creature.

"Who was forced to go into the water? No that’s what made the splash! What was it? A beaver? That made that big splash? Yeah, you actually saw it. All I could see is the head swimming across the top of the water and then they slammed their tail into the water. Splash. Did you see it? He threw one in there. Did you see it? Is that a confirmation from everybody else? Ok, well stand still. Stay at your post, keep seeing what’s going on."

But as quickly as the disappointment the beaver had set in, anticipation soon returned after Biscardi and I saw what appeared to be two eyes looking right back at us on the shores of the swamp.

"We definitely saw two eyes out there, and there was something moving. No question about it. I’m not talking about a beaver, I’m talking about something that was big. I had the light on there and it was moving around up right."

As the night rolled on the crew heard more sounds. To suggest that there was something out there, and Biscardi says when coupled with the video, this fantastic creature is not so fantastic after all.

“For the first time ever we're catching video, even though it was on infrared film, it actually depicts this thing going from four legs, two in front, and two in back, to standing up right like a man, so my big question is there another species out there that has been undiscovered its very apparent especially down here outside Paris, Texas,”
Biscardi says.

It was an experience that I’m never going to forget, and special thanks go out to Tom Biscardi and the crew for letting us tag along.

If you have seen a creature resembling big foot or would like to join Tom on his next trip through North Texas, you can find more information at this link.

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  • by bennie Location: Austin on Aug 25, 2008 at 03:41 AM
    Lived in Paris, Novice area all my life, bigfoot goes along our creek, Seriously, we have heard the story and the one about a black panther that stalks along the creek that borders our land. I have heard those screams but just may be wildcat. Also, do you want to go snipe hunnting with us ?
  • by 1 believer Location: Paris on Mar 4, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    I know bigfoot is real. However, in my opinion Tom Biscardi is one of the biggest hoaxers who ever tromped through the woods. All he does is make honest bigfoot researchers look stupid. Also from what I was told, Biscardi is out to KILL not to capture bigfoot. Yes I have spoke to Biscardi, he tells a good story, he knows how to fill your head with what you want to hear. What he does not know how to do is find bigfoot. If you notice when Biscardi is out in the woods nothing ever happens unless there is media with him and he ALWAYS has to have a news crew with him. MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA...ask him why. His CUDO'S are as fake as he why does anyone listen to what his loser has to say?
  • by The truthteller Location: Paris, Texas on Feb 13, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    I understand that despite all their sightings and experiences, their tranguilizer dart gun has never been out of the box that it came in, while in the field. Now how could they be "No Kill" and never have taken the tranquilizer gun out of the box, in the field? Answer: Perhaps they aren't "No Kill" afterall. They may be just claiming that they are, in order to not get anybody upset. This information is according to persons that have been with them when they brought out their heavy artillery, when a Bigfoot was picked up on the heat sensitive cameras.
  • by Eric Location: Colorado on Jan 26, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    Hey thing are discovered every year that was thought to be folklore. I have seen tracks and sent hair samples to be identifyed. They were not from a knowed species of primate.
  • by john Location: victoria,tx. on Dec 14, 2007 at 04:50 PM
    want to see real footage,talk to brook shields,she got a lot of bigfoot footage she took in victoria tx. a few years back.while crusing on her boat down this lake she film some of the greatest footage in broad daylight.good luck.bigfoot is for real.
  • by Opinionated Location: on Texoma on Dec 3, 2007 at 06:08 AM
    I am going to laugh when they start stumbling on all the meth labs instead of bigfoot.
  • by JavaBob Location: California on Nov 16, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    In answer to the last comment. We have more than 40 casts from the this Texas area and other photos as well. What was on this story is only what we saw and found on this particular expedition. Check our web site for more information.
  • by Bill Location: denison on Nov 15, 2007 at 08:01 PM
    I'm from the pacific northwest where bigfoot sightings have been documented for decades and went to college in Eureka CA near where the Patterson video was taken. I am wondering how you can have infrared video of a sasquatch but can't produce any high tech or digital pictures of tracks or markings in that area or at least some "old school" plasters casts of the footprints. The Patterson creature was esimated at about 800# if I remember right. There has to be some tracks near where your video was taken if it were a similar creature.
  • by fenris Location: wilson,oklahoma on Nov 14, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    There are many things in the world for which there is no explanation. Bigfoot is another one of these unexplained things.
  • by mb Location: denison on Nov 14, 2007 at 04:22 AM
    really,can they not even find a skeleton of their dead? bigfoot must have hidden burial sites or perhaps they cremate their dead. after all, they have been smart enough to outwit the greatest of hunters. perhaps, they are highly educated. would make a great politician, only if we could catch one.
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