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W.Va. museum curator: locals know there's a Bigfoot out there


SUTTON, W.Va. — Locals know there's a Bigfoot, or several of the creatures, living in the forests of central West Virginia, according to the curator of the West Virginia Bigfoot Museum in Sutton, West Virginia.

David Petolicchio says that when he established the museum in the town's historic district in 2021, he had only a vague idea of how residents of the Elk River Valley might feel about tales of the monster. But soon after it opened, he found out.

“There are farmers and hunters who will tell you that they believe in Bigfoot and that they’ve seen it or heard it or have seen signs of it,” Petolicchio said, “and I believe them. These are not crazy people. These are serious people and respected members of the community.”

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