All-female research team to host story-telling event in Bena, Feb. 18

It could take a woman to catch Bigfoot. That’s what some experts think anyway.

A new all-female Bigfoot research team is headed to northern Minnesota to gather stories and possible leads in the search for the elusive forest wanderer, also called sasquatch. They’ve dubbed themselves the She-Squatchers and have officially established themselves as “the first all-female team” focused on Bigfoot hunts.

“Why an all-female team? The She-Squatchers came together after Loren Coleman, cryptozoologist and leading Bigfoot expert stated that he felt a woman would be the first to find and interact with Sasquatch,” explained She-Squatchers Team co-lead Stephanie Ayres of Minneapolis.

The ultimate goal of She-Squatchers is “to gather information, obtain credible evidence of Bigfoot and ultimately establish contact and peaceful interaction.” According to Ayres, the seven women that make up the She-Squatchers came together through their common interests in paranormal investigations. One member is a professional energy healer, animal communicator and psychic medium and most members describe themselves as having intuitive senses. And it’s those special “tools in their bag” that they want to put to work in finding Bigfoot.

Jen Kruse, She-Squatchers co-lead, explains on the team’s website, “Numerous reports from people who’ve had Bigfoot encounters lead me to suspect that this cryptid has strong psychic abilities, which could potentially provide us with a unique opportunity to communicate with Bigfoot!”

Kruse says she also enjoys hearing information about the Native American stories on Bigfoot and “The Little People.”

“Like with paranormal work, we have the most fun talking with people - hearing their stories,” explained Ayres. “And wintertime is the time for sharing stories.”

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the She-Squatchers are hosting a Bigfoot Banter session at the Big Winnie Bar and Café in Bena.

The Bigfoot Banter is a meeting for locals with their own Bigfoot sightings to compare notes with the She-Squatchers. In return, “the ladies will share the rest of their story in person as well as tidbits of what the Finding Bigfoot experts recently shared with them,” added Ayres referencing the personalities of the nationally-popular television show Finding Bigfoot.

A feature show on Animal Planet, Finding Bigfoot has aired six seasons. It follows four explorers as they cover thousands of miles throughout North America on the lookout for sasquatches. Last August, the stars of the show were in northern Minnesota when Ayres and her fellow She-Squatches had an opportunity to meet them. It was during this trip north to the Bena area that the She-Squatches did some Bigfoot tracking of their own through area forests. When the ladies visit again in February they hope the snow cover will help reveal signs of sasquatch.

Experts are saying that reported sightings of Bigfoots “often on the side of the road” are most likely younger males and “they’re curious,” explained Ayres who believes those young male Bigfoots may find a team of female researchers less intimidating and more approachable than a group of men.

The SheSquatches event in Bena starts at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information about SheSquatchers, visit or find She-Squatchers on facebook.


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