Posted by: Craig Woolheater on January 10th, 2013
Cliff posted his behind the scenes views for the latest episode of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot entitled “Bobo Marks His Turf” on his website.
New Mexico might be one of the last states one thinks of when considering the possibilities of bigfoot. UFO’s, sure, but bigfoot? As it turns out, New Mexico’s dry, high, forested altitudes make for excellent bigfoot habitat. Swamps, forests, meadows, rivers, and everything that goes with these exist in bountiful amounts in isolated pockets throughout the mountains of New Mexico.
Our expedition was centered around the Valles Caldera, one of the world’s six known land-based supervolcanoes. With a diameter of over 12 miles, this caldera is a sight to behold. Huge herds of elk and deer graze on the native perennial grass, and these ungulate herds maintain a healthy population of the animals that feed on them, including sasquatches.
The evidence that brought us to this part of New Mexico was a group of thermal videos of a possible bigfoot taken by Washingtonian Kirk Brandenburg while on a BFRO expedition in April of 2011. The location of the expedition was chosen based on a history of encounters doing back years.
It was seeming like a pretty slow expedition, as no sounds indicating the presence of saquatches were heard during the trip. On one of the nights, Kirk decided he was going to use his H-Series FLIR thermal imager to monitor some outlying tents near their camp in the case of a nocturnal visit by a bigfoot. Before setting up the gear, he took a few looks around camp. One of the sweeps of the outlying area showed what Kirk initially thought was a stump or some other inanimate object. Though the figure didn’t seem to be moving, he zoomed in on the figure for a closer look for a second video. Finally, a third video of the object was obtained from a slightly different position, about twenty feet closer than the first two clips.
It was only the next day when Kirk realized what he might have captured on video. He was discussing the strange thing he saw the night before with his fellow expeditioners, and they later reviewed the footage on a larger laptop screen. The humanoid shape was only then really visible. They then went to the location where Kirk was standing and looked through the thermal imager to where the figure was standing, and much to Kirk’s surprise, the figure was gone.
Kirk, being a seasoned bigfoot investigator, took several measurements and took careful note of where he was standing for each of the three pieces of footage. He also took efforts to figure out where the subject was standing. We used this information in our recreation of the video, though slight refinements of camera position and subject placement were made. These refinements were based on the use of trees and limbs in the foreground of the video. I am confident that I was standing just a few feet at most from the exact location Kirk was in when the video was taken.
The subject of the video was 142 yards from the camera in the first and third videos. By putting Bobo in the subject’s position, it was clear that whatever that is in the video was bigger than Bobo, both in height and girth. My best estimate of the figure’s height placed it between 7 and 7.5 feet tall.
Kirk also did an excellent analysis of his own video. The height he arrived at was 7 ft 1 in. Since both of our estimates match each other, I am satisfied that this is the real approximate height of the unknown figure. Below is a video from Kirk’s Youtube channel showing his work.
~ Cliff Barackman
See Cliff’s photos and the rest of the report here.
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.