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SOUR LAKE, TX – Think of Bigfoot and you probably picture that Sasquatch in the beef jerky commercials. Or if you’re old school, you may remember his bouts with the Bionic Man. But Rob Riggs knows him intimately. He’s been on Bigfoot’s trail for decades. He says the beast is real and lives right here in Texas!

That’s why Rob left his home in Kemah and got a trailer near the Big Thicket National Preserve. He says that’s where the beasts live (yes, there are more than one!).

“I have been investigating the Bigfoot phenomenon for over 30 years. I started in 1979 when I was working for a newspaper,” says Riggs, author of the recently published book “Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth.” “I’m reluctant to use the word ‘Bigfoot’ because I can’t say for sure that what we’re investigating here is the same animal that’s seen in the Pacific northwest.

“The animal around here,” says the 68-year-old, “There’s evidence that rather than walking upright like a man, it frequently walks on all fours.” Riggs has collected stories from Big Thicket area residents about the creature for years but has yet to see one for himself. But he has heard them, describing their howl as a cross between a freight train and an African lion. “Two people who work for the Big Thicket National Preserve (have) had the same experience,” says Riggs, “We know of no known animal that can produce that kind of vocalization that’s native to North America.”

For more on Rob Riggs’ search for Bigfoot, check out this month’s Houstonia. Or to share your own Bigfoot sighting with him, email him at