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 Maine Bigfoot Foundation Welcomes You!

Maine Is Where The Sasquatch Are

At Maine Bigfoot Foundation 


2022 - 2023

Come out and join us!

Not sure that this is for you but, you can't stop thinking about that strange unexplainable experience you had. Give it a try come out on an investigation and see what you think.


Who We Are

Our Roots

Here at Maine Bigfoot Foundation, Inc. we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support and understanding of your own personal situation.  We will never judge you. We will openly listen to your reports and take each and every one of them seriously. We are determined to make an impact in the Paranormal Field. The core of our efforts is to bring our team’s fresh ideas and passion to the field of Bigfoot Investigation. Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs. We are a close knit group of investigators  who put our hearts and beliefs into our search for the truth.


Bringing Change


Seeking Species Recognition One Step at a Time!

At Maine Bigfoot Foundation, we are dedicated to finding definitive proof that Bigfoot not only exists but lives right here in Maine. We work with home and land owners at no expense to them while ensuring their privacy is maintained and their location is kept private.

Get in touch today and get involved with our cause. Would you like to join our team and explore the unknown. We are a family and we want to grow. We need fresh new minds. Please contact us if you are interested or just want to know more.

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Contact Maine Bigfoot Foundation

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Get in touch with the Maine Bigfoot Foundation to learn more about our work and how you can become involved, or if you feel you have activity that needs investigation. We will not charge any fees and we will keep all of your information and location completely private. If you feel you have activity on your property or are really not sure what is going on. If you are hearing strange noises, finding strange footprints or seeing things that are not easily explained, contact us.  We will gladly come check it out. Let us help put your mind to rest. If you have an encounter you wish to report contact us and we will listen.

Make a Donation

Show Your Support

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Make a Donation and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help. All funds earned through donation are used for the sole purpose of purchasing equipment for us to use in the field.


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Latest Stories

From Idea to Reality: The Evolution of Maine Bigfoot Foundation

Michael Vashon and Janelle Graf met through mutual friends in their Bigfoot groups on Facebook in 2016, many years after both of them had Class A sightings. In October of 2019 a member of the group contacted us and with concerns about activity on her property.  She requested an investigation.  Michael, Janelle and Carl went to the property and made the determination that the Bigfoot or creature was watching over her and her property. She was not in danger. Her concerns were alleviated.
In November of 2019 while sitting in a tree stand hunting, waiting for that big buck to come along. Mike messaged Janelle and said, "Hey, why don't we start a Non-Profit Foundation? We can start investigating sightings here in Maine and use the information to educate and inform other Mainers on what to do should they encounter Bigfoot here. We won't charge for our service. We just want to try and find that one piece of evidence that might be IT. "Janelle's reply was "Let's do it." And here we are.

Our Leaders

Committed to the Cause

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Maine Bigfoot Foundation. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.

Brad Lee

Field Investigator

Brad is a founding member and is an up and coming investigator who has been interested in the Bigfoot phenomenon for many years. Brad joined our group with the encouragement of Emily his other half. He is eager to learn new investigative tricks or try other methods he has read about. His eagerness to do what is needed during investigations and his pleasant attitude make our outings not only serious but fun as well.


Janelle Graf

Director Of Operations/President

Lead Investigator

Janelle Graf is a Founder of the group and one of our lead Investigators. Janelle brought with her not only years of experience in the woods but also her personal experience with Bigfoot. After having her own face to face sighting at the age of 10, Janelle spent most of her summers in a tent in Great North Woods of Maine. She started fishing before she could walk, and spent many years hunting and trapping alongside her dad.


Melissa Haskell

Field Investigator

Melissa joined our team at the beginning of 2023. Her acute interest in the field is evident in her enthusiasm for learning new things. She approaches every task with a willingness to learn and a positive attitude, which makes her a valuable asset to our team. Melissa is a welcome addition to our family, and we are fortunate to have her.


Mindi Rutty

Field Investigator

Mindi joined the Maine Bigfoot team in 2023. She rapidly became an integral member of the team by demonstrating exceptional learning and investigative skills. Her enthusiasm for the work, her willingness to learn new things, and her ability to apply new knowledge to new situations made her an invaluable member of our team. Mindi is a quick learner, a hard worker, and a critical thinker. These qualities, combined with her passion for the work, make her an asset to the team.


Peter Small Sr.

Director/Vice President

Lead Investigator

Peter Small Sr is a founding member and former Boy Scout Troop Leader joined Maine Bigfoot Foundation after having a Bigfoot encounter of his own. He is a life long outdoor enthusiast. He brings the vision and drive to improve our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.


Hildegarde Anderson

Field Investigator

Hilda is a founding member and although relatively new to the Bigfoot investigative field. Hilda's knowledge is extensive due to the research she has done on the subject after having encounters of her own. Hilda is fearless and will often venture into the woods of Northern Maine where she resides with her other half Jeffery. She is often out looking for those little bits of evidence that could possibly prove the existence of our Big Hairy friend "Bigfoot"


Jeffrey Anderson

Field Investigator

Jeffrey Anderson is a founding member and Hilda's other half. Jeff is a well-liked individual who is knowledgeable, intelligent, and kind. These qualities make him a valuable asset to the team. He is always willing to help out, and his positive attitude makes him a pleasure to work with.


Michael Vashon

Lead Investigator

Michael Vashon is a Founder of the group, bringing with him not only his knowledge of the woods and his personal experience with Maine Bigfoot. He has had several encounters with Bigfoot while hunting. He learned from his uncle, Richard Brown, who has been investigating Bigfoot sightings for 50 plus years. He now passes the knowledge instilled in him by Richard to teach and improve the group's skills. He is very open minded and willing to listen to any suggestions.


Larry Goldsmith


 Is a founding member and another former Boy Scout Troop Leader, Larry Goldsmith joined MAINE BIGFOOT FOUNDATION, INC with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, Like our other members, he too is focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.


Emily Kirby

Public Relations Officer

Emily is a founding member who is experienced, trustworthy, and fun. These are just a few of the ways fellow members describe this invaluable member of our team. Emily is truly a joy to be around and it is a pleasure to work with her.


Kyle Bangert

Field Investigator

Kyle joined the Maine Bigfoot Foundation in 2021, and we immediately felt that he was one of our own. He has a positive attitude, is always eager to learn new things, and displays the potential to be an excellent field investigator. Kyle is a valuable member of the team, and we are delighted to have him.


Cindy Graf

Field Investigator

Cindy joined our team in 2023. She immediately became an integral member of our organization, contributing significantly to our research efforts. She is a fast learner, and in the short time she has been with us, she has already become an outstanding field investigator. Her enthusiasm for the work, her willingness to learn new things, and her ability to quickly apply what she learns to new situations make her an invaluable member of our team.


Keith Staples

Field Investigator

Keith joined the team in 2023 and quickly became a key player. He excels at learning new investigative techniques and is a highly skilled field investigator. In his role, he has successfully completed numerous investigations, always prioritizing the safety of the team.


Harold Dunning

Field Investigator

Harold joined the team in 2023 and quickly became a key player. He is a highly skilled field investigator who learns new investigative techniques rapidly. He has successfully completed numerous investigations, always prioritizing the safety of the team. He is an invaluable member of the team and a credit to the organization.

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Kevin Thompson

Field Investigator

Kevin joined our team in 2023, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the field. He quickly became a valuable member of the team, and we are fortunate to have him. Kevin is a great contributor who always has a positive attitude and is willing to help out his teammates. He is a valuable member of our team, and we are lucky to have him.


In Memory of Kendall Thomas

Field Investigator

Kendall was with us for a short time, but he was passionate about the search for Bigfoot. He yearned to witness one himself, and he was granted that opportunity. He left a lasting impression in a very short time. Kendall was a good friend, and we will miss him.

Rest in peace, our friend.


Kevin Casey

Field Investigator

Kevin joined our board of directors in 2023. However, he has been with us on numerous investigations since 2021. Kevin is a quick learner and has proven himself to be an excellent field investigator. He has a keen eye for detail and an exceptional ability to think on his feet. These skills, combined with his enthusiasm for the subject matter, make him a valuable member of our team.


Celine McCormick

Field Investigator

Celine joined us for our first outing of 2021, and she quickly became a member of our family. She is a quick learner and a great field investigator. Her enthusiasm for the work and her willingness to help in any way she can make her a valuable member of the team. In 2022, she was elected to our board of directors. We are lucky to have her and Hero!


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