A Houston-area man who has spent his whole career investigating the existence of the "Hairy Wild Man" known as Bigfoot is now offering a class so his decades of research do not get lost.

Rob Riggs grew up right outside the creepy area known as Big Thicket Preserve 100 miles east of Houston.  Stories of ghosts, mystery sightings and strange wild animals have long been associated with this jungle-like wilderness.

Riggs' class entitled, "Big Thicket - Lair of the Mysterious" at the Houston's Leisure and Learning Center aims to highlight some of the weirdest tales and let students make up their own mind on that burning question, "Does Bigfoot exist?"

"A lot of people have no concept of what it's like in East Texas," says Riggs, "Big Thicket is one of only two areas in the contiguous United States that botanists consider to be jungle."
And in that jungle, something lurks, Riggs says.

The sightings center on a little travelled road running north from Big Thicket, Bragg Road, which was once something of a Lover's Lane.

"One lady told me an ape-like creature jumped on the hood of their pick-up and began howling at them and growling menacingly," Riggs said, "Her guy pulled out his shotgun and fired through the windshield, all it did was run howling into the woods."

So far the only experience Riggs has had himself happened on a stake out of Little Pine Bayou near Beaumont.  During the night he heard a "bone chilling howl" so loud he felt his chest vibrate.

"I don't want this information to be lost, I think it represents an aspect of nature and a perception of reality we are missing," Riggs said.

The first two day class will be held at the Leisure and Learning Center Sept. 13 and 20 and costs $75.

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