Charmaine Fraser, 41, has joined the British Bigfoot Research team as they look to prove the existence of the mysterious creatures.
Charmaine says she spotted a 7ft bigfoot as a child and since then she’s been fascinated by all things Sasquatch - gathering details of 200 reports of the creatures in Britain, including 50 in Scotland.
Her interest in the subject was sparked after she saw a “large black figure” with no neck and broad shoulders while walking her gran’s dog in remote woodland near Arbroath, Angus, as a child.
She saw a similar creature in the same area shortly afterwards and recalls how it had a “humanoid shape” and eyes that shone orange when headlights picked it out in the darkness.
She also heard a “long, deep wail” in the same woods and thinks it could have been the call of the as yet undiscovered animal.
Mum-of-one Charmaine, who has a degree in psychology from St Andrews University, said: “I saw a large black figure with its back to me.
“It was reaching up to a branch on a tree at the side of the track and was about 7ft tall, thick build with no neck and wide shoulders.
“I didn’t hang about to see its face.”
Her childhood account was dismissed at the time but she now knows she wasn’t the only one to find odd goings-on in the woods.
She said: “My sister found a den in the woods with animal skulls arranged in a semi-circle. That was several years after my sighting.
“I know a lot of people will dismiss this but it does seem to be happening to people.
“If anyone wants to come forward they can talk to us.
“We give everyone the benefit of the doubt.”
Over the years there have been a number of Bigfoot encounters in the US. Last week it was claimed a Bigfoot had been spotted in a Lincolnshire wood.
Charmaine said: “The most popular theory is they are a hominid species related to humans. We believe they exist. It’s just about finding evidence.”