(NECN: Jack Thurston, Hubbardton, Vt.) - Self-described sasquatch researcher Frank Siecienski insists he captured one of the legendary hairy beasts on a camera he set up outside his Hubbardton, Vt. home.
"This is where the creature was crouching down in this position right here," Siecienski said, demonstrating for New England Cable News how the purported giant creature was hunched over.
Siecienski told NECN he set up the camera because wanted to know who or what was taking all the apples from the tree in his front yard in September of 2010. His photographs produced shots of a coyote, then of a blurry figure near a hemlock tree. That figure has been nearly impossible for most people to identify.
"Both my wife and I, at the exact same time, said, 'My God, what in the world is that?'" Siecienski remembered.
He got some help answering that question this month, when the network Animal Planet aired an episode of "Finding Bigfoot" on TV and online. Folks from all over contacted Siecienski with ideas.
"I just got an email and a call from Australia," the retiree noted Wednesday.
Siecienski believes the figure is a long-haired female sasquatch, about 400 pounds, with a baby in tow.
"Evidently it was either protecting its young or picking it up," he claimed. “We just don’t know.”
One biologist NECN reached with Vermont's Fish & Wildlife Department in Rutland didn't even want to talk about this on-camera, hinting it was a waste of his time to even give it attention. Siecienski admitted he is used to skeptical responses.
"They're gonna call you a nut," he said. "They're gonna call you crazy."
Others have told him what he photographed is more likely an owl. But he said he's not budging, and even bought the vanity plate "BIG FT" for his car.
"I've gotten a good response from that," Siecienski said, claiming it has been a conversation starter that has led to other people reporting their Bigfoot sightings to him.
The homeowner even has decorated his lawn with Bigfoot statues.
"That's exactly what one would look like right there," he said, pointing to a muscular lawn ornament with a long head and broad face.
Until he gets a clearer view of the "real thing," Frank Siecienski said he will keep battling the non-believers and searching for more evidence that Bigfoot is roaming the Northeast.
"It can't be anything else but," he said of his photo.