Is the creature known as Bigfoot somewhere in the wilds of Montana? That's one of the questions to be discussed at the 2nd annual Big Sky Bigfoot Conference October 21-22 in Hamilton.

The two-day gathering of Bigfoot researchers will start with a "town hall" type meeting Friday evening at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center. The public is invited to share their stories of unexplained encounters in the forests at 7 p.m. Montana author Misty Allabaugh will talk of her 20 years of research and will moderate the opening session. The public can attend the Friday session for $5.

The Saturday conference starts at 10 a.m. with lectures from Dr. Jeff Meldrum, author of "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science," anthropologist Kathy Moskowitz Strain, Tom Yamarone, Caitlin and Thomas Ertz with Montana-based research, and Russell Acord, who brings a Bitterroot perspective to the meeting.

Guest of honor is Bob Gimlin. Almost 50 years ago, he and Roger Patterson filmed a bigfoot nicknamed Patty.

Organizer Sarah Lederle said the conference will include book signings of fiction and non-fiction books, vendors, kids activities and discussions on the latest theories and research methods related to Sasquatch.

Tickets to the event are available at

An interview with Misty Allabaugh will be heard Friday morning during the 8 a.m. KLYQ Event Show at 1240 AM Radio and online at