Bigfoot History was made, June 9th, 2009 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The team that made this Historic day possible was the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wildlife Educator, Larry Battson. On Monday, Larry was interviewed by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife representative where Larry shared many Bigfoot sighting reports he has documented over the years. This interview was then broadcast yesterday (Tuesday) at noon to all the Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service television feeds. This simulcast reached tens of thousands of people around the Country. On Tuesday evening, Larry spoke at a public Lecture hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at its National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.
The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent scientists, educators, scientists and others to speak at these lectures. I attended a lecture at the training center four years ago and at that time, I never thought I would hear the word Bigfoot mentioned in that auditorium. Yesterday changed all that, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invited Larry to speak and officially called their lecture, Cryptozoology: Bigfoot-Myth or Reality?
Larry’s presentation was very informative and extremely educational. Over two hundred people were glued to their seats the entire night! Interested individuals continued to barrage Larry with questions in the Conservation’s main entrance area until midnight. What was so great about this presentation and why I call it a Historical day in Bigfoot research was because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved not only Larry’s presentation concerning Bigfoot, but they also approved and engineered the television broadcast that went out to all the Department of the Interior and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service parks and offices.
This involvement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is unprecedented and possibly indicates a change of attitude about the Bigfoot creature’s existence. This type of production takes time and more importantly, money. I may be wrong with my thinking, but something really monumental happened last night at the National Conservation Training Center and I was honored to witness it. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife did their homework when they selected Larry Battson, Larry was the right person to person to deliver this message. Hopefully, Larry’s presentation and continued work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife will not just slip by unnoticed, I personally think there will be more to come! Please take the time to visit the National Conservation Training Center website, it’s full of valuable information about their wildlife lectures, classes and other historical information, while surfing their site, don’t forget to view the live Eagle Cam!
William M. Dranginis
Virginia Bigfoot Research Organization