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Bigfoot witness-turned-researcher, Todd M. Neiss has been an active investigator for more than 20 years.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he grew up hearing of these legendary creatures, alternately known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch, but gave it little credibility beyond that of Native American lore or a good old-fashioned campfire tale designed to frighten young campers. All of that changed for Todd in the spring of 1993.
As a Sergeant in the Army's 1249th Combat Engineer Battalion, he came face to face with, not one but, three of the elusive beasts in the temperate rain forest of Oregon's Coast Range while conducting high-explosives training. His sighting was independently corroborated by three fellow soldiers who also witnessed the creatures.  For more information, please click on the "ENCOUNTER" tab.

Since that fateful day, Neiss has conducted numerous investigations including several long-term expeditions in the Coastal, Cascade and Blue Mountain Ranges of Oregon & Washington, as well as Northern California. Todd believes that, in the tradition of Jane Goodall, Biruté Galdikas and Diane Fossey, the best way to obtain credible evidence of the existence of these fascinating creatures is to infiltrate a small research team into the heart of prime Bigfoot habitat for an extended period of time. Ideally for 45 to 60-day rotations. In doing so, he hopes to acclimatize the creatures to their presence and eventually overcome their inherent apprehension of humans.  For more information, please click on the "RESEARCH" tab.
It is his opinion that these creatures possess a relatively high IQ in comparison to recognized great apes.  Neiss’ current theory focuses on that presumed intelligence which he believes fosters an irresistible sense of curiosity...a curiosity which Neiss intends to exploit.   By presenting a variety of baits as well as an array of unconventional, non-threatening lures within a pre-designated area, he hopes to successfully collect irrefutable evidence of these creatures existence.  "It is my goal to entice these animals by presenting a non-threatening posture and piquing their curiosity, thereby luring them into a specified area where irrefutable evidence can then be obtained," says Neiss. Once the creatures are officially recognized, his ultimate goal is to establish a management program to ensure their perpetual existence for future generations to appreciate.  For more information, please click on the "THEORIES" tab.

Over the years, his research has garnered him international attention. He has been the subject of numerous documentaries and TV programs from the US and Canada to the UK and Germany. He has been featured on such programs as: "Unsolved Mysteries," "Strange But True," “Encounters," "To the Ends of the Earth," and both the Discovery Channel and Travel Channel." He has also appeared on a number of radio & TV talk shows, local newscasts and newspapers. He is currently wrapping up work with director Blake "Buck" Eckard on a documentary (four years in the making) for Stonehill Pictures.  For more information, please click on the "MEDIA" tab.

He has been a featured speaker at colleges and universities, and a regular contributor to the Annual Sasquatch Symposium series held in British Columbia, Canada.  Neiss has instructed classes on Bigfoot for the Audubon Society as well as the Campfire Boys & Girls Society; the former involving both classroom and field work and culminating with an overnight working camp in the "Dark Divide" of Washington State's Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He was a featured speaker at the 14th Annual Bigfoot Conference held in Newcomerstown, Ohio in April of 2002.  Todd has investigated a multiple sighting in Oregon's Coast Range, as well as the infamous Ape Canyon (Mt. Saint Helens, Washington), the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, and numerous forays into the Mt. Hood National Wilderness.  For more information, please click on the "PUBLIC APPEARENCES" tab.
conference held every summer on the Oregon Coast.  The event started out in 2008 as a simple, invitation-only gathering of friends and fellow researchers in a private meadow nestled within the temperate rain forest near Lincoln City and has taken on a life of it's own.  Last year marked the 6th Anniversary of an idea that  has grown into a truly unique event.  The turnout was great, with more than 80 guests from 5 countries and 13 states!

Beachfoot 2014 is scheduled to be held on July 24 – 27 at River Edge Campground near Alsea, Oregon. For more information, please click on the "BEACHFOOT" tab.

Currently, Neiss is in the process of establishing a nonprofit research organization whose sole mission is the discovery, observation, recognition, and protection of the Sasquatch. He is also in the process of authoring an adventure novel based, in part, on his encounter in 1993 and entitled, "The Cape Apes of Saddle Mountain."  For more information, click on the "CAPE APES" tab.When not working on the project or writing or conducting research, he enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and motorcycling throughout the Pacific Northwest.In 2004, after a nine year break in service, Todd reenlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard.  After serving 3 years as a Human Resources NCO at the 82 Brigade (Troop Command) Headquarters.  He recently returned from Iraq where he volunteered to deploy with the 3-116th Armored Cavalry.  Upon his return last in September of 2011, Staff Sergeant Neiss was reassigned to the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team  where he worked as the Financial Liability Manager until being reassigned, yet again, as a SIDPERS Analyst for HHC Joint Forces Headquarters in the Oregon Military Department. 

Today, Todd lives in a marina aboard his 42-foot Tollycraft motor-yacht anchored on Hayden Island in Portland, Oregon.  Portland provides an ideal location for which to conduct his research and respond quickly to reports in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington areas.  He encourages anyone with a legitimate sighting to contact him immediately.  He promises to treat every report confidentially as well as professionally.  Neiss can be reached by e-mail at

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