The Cupertino Courier (via the S.J. Mercury News) has a story about a private investigator named David Paulides, who has a book coming out Aug. 1: “The Hoopa Project: Bigfoot Encounters in California.”

Paulides is head of North American Bigfoot Search, an outfit devoted full-time to researching our friend. (Even if you absolutely loathe Bigfoot, or Bigfoot news, or both, check out the website to see the poignant painting of Bigfoot as well as a bitchin’ badge.)

Paulides has been full-timin’ on the Bigfoot beat for four years, a healthful portion of that time spent in the Hoopa Valley talking to tribal elders and others. He seems to be a real stickler for credibility: He made every purported Bigfoot-sighting witness sign an affidavit before he and his team would bother to research the sighting. He told the CC:

The witnesses appreciated the professionalism.

Meanwhile, in related Bigfoot news (’tis the season, with the anniversary of Bigfoot’s christening coming up, and we wonder is the T-S throwing a party?), someone is trying to hawk his/her superior Bigfoot researcher skills on ebay, according to a post yesterday on Boing Boing. And, whereas our fellow above, Paulides, approaches his game with an eye for delicacy and detail, and skillful promotion we might add, our “big game hunting outfitter in Wyoming” bluntly states his qualifications, and you can take ‘em or leave ‘em dammit but just send the money:

With all the stories and rumors surrounding the legend of Bigfoot,I think it is time to have the right person hunting (searching) for the real answers.Most of the Tv shows,books,and articles covering the search for Bigfoot are a joke.Nothing but pure amatuers.Most searches involve people setting up trail cameras,etc.,in stationary settings,this is totally the wrong approach.My methods would be covering lots and lots of territory in very remote country.I have been a big game hunter nearly all of my life and am an experienced big game hunting guide and am currently employed by a big game hunting outfitter in Wyoming.Contact me if you would be interested in funding an expedition that will get results.

Starting bid: $150,000. Alas, bidding ended today. (No bids. Maybe NABS is hiring?)

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