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Stephen Willis is a native of Webster County. He lived in West Virginia until a couple of years ago, when he retired from the U.S. Army and opened up an industrial business near Wytheville, Va.
Pam Lovins of Kenova works in health care administration in Huntington.
In the past couple of years, Willis and Lovins have investigated dozens of reported Bigfoot sightings in West Virginia.
Willis will be heading up the April four-day expedition, the exact location of which hasn’t been disclosed.
“We can’t tell people exactly where we’re going before we do this because we don’t want people coming in with guns blazing,” Willis said. “There are a lot of people who’d like to kill one.”
Bigfoot’s movement coincides with the movement of a primary food source — deer — Willis said, and the elusive creatures organize hunts “using some of the same tactics as deer hunters.”
“They will conduct drives and push the deer into the waiting arms of other Sasquatch just like deer hunters do,” Willis said. “A Sasquatch can run in excess of 30 miles per hour and will grab the deer and fold it in the middle and break its back.
Willis said the average creature can weigh up to 800 pounds, be about 4 feet wide at the shoulders, and have arms that are 10 to 15 percent longer than humans’.
“In the daytime, they don’t like to make eye contact and will melt into the woods to avoid everyone,” said Willis, whose wife Kathryn says she saw two adult males in Greenbrier County in 2005. “But at night, the best weapon against a Sasquatch is shining a light in their eyes.”
Above all else, don’t start shooting at one because they could become wounded.