Huffington Post: Finding Bigfoot

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 22nd, 2012

Bigfoot Hunters: Animal Planet’s Monster Sleuths Go High-Tech To Catch Legendary Man-Beast

Armed with a military-type array of special night-vision and infrared technology, a group of determined hunters has only one mutual outcome on their collective mind: “Finding Bigfoot.”

That’s exactly what the four-person team of Animal Planet’s popular series hopes to accomplish, finding ultimate evidence that groups of tall, hairy, human-like animals exist in the forest and wilderness areas of the world.

“People have been describing these types of animals in many different parts of North America for well over 400 years — that’s indisputable, that people have described seeing them,” said Matt Moneymaker, founder and president of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, or BFRO, a network of scientists and amateur researchers interested in Bigfoot and its reported “cousins”: Sasquatch, Yeti and the Abominable Snowman.

“Our mission is mutifaceted. We collect information and go out in the field to see if we can find scientific evidence, and in that process, try to figure out how these things can be studied scientifically,” Moneymaker told The Huffington Post.

According to BFRO’s files, since 1996, the number of Bigfoot sightings — including those with visual evidence — have produced nearly 32,000 reports.

Those numbers didn’t escape the attention of the Animal Planet channel, which teamed Moneymaker and BFRO member James “Bobo” Fay with educator Cliff Barackman and skeptical research biologist Ranae Holland.

Week after week, this determined quartet of Bigfoot hunters goes deep into wilderness areas of North America that most viewers only experience in nightmares.

As the skeptic of the group, Holland is often caught between those who believe 100 percent in the existence of Bigfoot — like her three “Finding Bigfoot” companions — and skeptics, like herself, who think all Bigfoot tales are nonsense.

“I completely understand and I can relate to where they’re coming from,” she told Huffington Post. “Yes, I’m skeptical and I still haven’t seen the evidence. I can’t tell someone they’re wrong, nor can I say that I’m right, or we’re both wrong and the believers are right.”

The ultimate goal of both BFRO and the “Finding Bigfoot” team is to come up with irrefutable evidence that some previously undiscovered species of ape that walks bipedally has successfully eluded capture for centuries.

The bulk of the evidence consists of many footprints, alleged hair samples, photographs and films and, of course, eyewitness accounts.

Source: The Huffington Post
by Lee Speigel
Weird News

About Craig Woolheater
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.

3 Responses to “Huffington Post: Finding Bigfoot

  1. CDC responds:

    Pretty good interview.

    Ranae sounds reasonable with her logic and her opinions, but seems to be swaying towards the possibility the animals exist.

    Matt on the other hand is still too far out there with his claims that Bigfoot “is” out there all over North America.

    You know, I would actually respect Matt’s belief more if he would just qualify his statements with “in my opinion” or “I do believe” instead of his endless rants saying he “KNOWS” Bigfoot is out there.

    If you “KNOW” its out there Matt, eventually you should be able to show us.

  2. djwcaw responds:

    You will find more solid crypto information in this 9 minute interview (Moneymaker notwithstanding) than in 99% of ‘Finding Bigfoot’ episodes.

  3. Cliffbalt responds:

    I like certain parts of this show. The ‘town hall’ meetings and the scenery of the locations are good. But — all the tramping around the ‘hot locations’ with a camera crew searching for proof of “Squatches” …. not so good. The only person I know about that went out actually trying to film a Bigfoot (and succeeded) was Roger Patterson; and it is still debated for about 40 years as to whether he did indeed capture a Bigfoot on his film.

    If indeed there are ‘Bigfoot(s)’, they are only observed by individuals or at most, a few people at a time. There are lots of witnesses, but that seems to neither confirm the existence of Bigfoot or not. It’s like trying to disprove the existence of a ‘Pink Elephant’ because someone swears they saw one in Africa.

    To take this one step further; if these witnesses actually saw a “Bigfoot”, are they all having hallucinations, or did they actually see ‘something’? And if they did see ‘something’, is it somehow being planted into their minds by something, say ‘supernatural’? Or, are they just plain out and out lying? I sure don’t know the answers to these questions.

    Like I said earlier, I like parts of the Finding Bigfoot show, but the out in the woods with green light and a camera crew “searching” is, well, just silly in my opinion.

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