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Reports that John "Trapper" Tice of  Mountain Monsters fame and Co-founder and leader of A.I.M.S has passed away due to complications  kidney failure.

Tice was born in 1947 in West Virginia He was a true American outdoorsman and Vietnam war veteran.

Tice had started havign some health issues back in 2015 when he had to undergo an emergency surgery for a blood clot in his leg. It is our understanding that this and other health issues lead to kidney problems.

Tice of course was known for his role in the popular TV show Mountain Monsters. His show was somewhat of a rival to the popular series Finding Bigfoot. There was an online feud of sorts between Tice and Finding Bigfoot show leader Matt Moneymaker.

I ran across this rather interesting trail camera photo today. There appears to be a black upright figure in the image. I do not know very much about this picture or who for sure it belongs to. The only name I could find associated with it was an Amanda Young.

Could this be a real Bigfoot? or is it just something else. I will attempt to enhance the picture and tell you more about the back story, even though I don't know much about it.
Finding Bigfoot Game
There is a game which was released on 1/30/2017 and I'm sure some of our readers might be interested in it.

It is a game that seems pretty interesting, you attempt to find bigfoot. There is a pretty decent backstory and there seems to be many gadgets you can use during the game.

The game is developed on Unreal Engine 4, which powers many of today's most popular games. This game was made by Cyber Light Game Studio which is a small development team from the Ukraine.

Watching the game in motion, it seems to move very fluid and the visuals are good. But before we get into all of that, lets take a look at the back story for the game and gameplay.


My previous post featured a viral image of a Mystery figure from Arizona which caught fire and sparked debate. There is another image, actually a game camera picture, that is also getting a lot of attention. The above picture was taken by a game cam in Pennsylvania. The picture was posted to facebook by James Bobo Fay of the hit TV show Finding Bigfoot. He stated the picture came from Clara County, but I don't think there is a Clara County. What I think he was referring to was Clara Township which is in Potter county,PA. 

If it was indeed Clara Township, then this is a very small place with a small population of around 200 people. Clara Township is only about 20 square miles in size.

Now, lets get back to the picture, is there evidence of a bear or a bigfoot?

Still frame from the original video
First let me say, I know this is a very old video but I thought it was worth a revisit. I know many are probably not that interested in this old video but maybe I can give some new or updated information about it.  I do know that at one time this video was pretty popular and was even featured on the Finding Bigfoot TV show. Not only that but the video was featured on many top bigfoot video list. I can remember the Facebook/FindBigfoot page having it rank and down as a real bigfoot.

Let talk a look at the background story, here it is from the description used on the video.


Did an eagle-eyed viewer spot a possible bigfoot during a past show? I got the above still shot from Robert, he wrote to me and sent in the above still frame from the his DVR. I think, this was from the most recent episode of Finding Bigfoot, Dronie Loves Squatchie.

While we may never know if this is part of the crew, a shadow or actually a bigfoot, it's still fun to speculate.





So, with that said I have attempted to zoom in and enhance the possible figure.
In this zoomed in shot you can see it does really look like an actual figure and not just a shadow.
 









In this further enhancement, it appears to have a human/bigfoot type of shape. Of course, we will never know what this figure was but it make a person wonder. Was it part of the film crew, was it a bigfoot? We will never know.





A good catch by Robert, thanks for sending it in to us.

Now, wouldn't it be kind of  funny and a bit ironic if the Finding Bigfoot show was being watched by a bigfoot and they never knew it?  We may need to watch a little more closely.



Thanks
~Tom~

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.



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On tonight's episode of Finding Bigfoot - 

Cliff has brought the team back to his home state of Oregon for the fourth time in search of bigfoot. With a bounty of bigfoot habitat, Cliff enlists professional drone pilots, who may provide the aerial support they need to get a beaver state sasquatch.

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Here is a preview from tonight's show



The Crypto Crew has team members in Oregon and we can confirm that it is a great place for bigfoot. On tonight's show the Finding Bigfoot team will be near Mount Hood. Mount Hood is Oregon's highest mountain. The good news, is that there has been numerous reports of bigfoot from this area.

I hope to be watching tonight. I also think the show has been better, so far, this season than some of the ones in the past. I say that with at least one major exception....the part of the first show where Bobo wears as dress, that was just way out there. Funny, but ...no.

Enjoy the show.


Thanks
~Tom~

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Tonight on Finding Bigfoot!


The team is in Georgia investigating sightings in and around the Ft. Stewart Army base. After meeting with a witness who saw a bigfoot through a thermal imager the team looks for the best place to hold their final night investigation.

Georgia is probably best remember in the bigfoot world as the home of the "Bigfoot in a freezer " hoax pulled by Rick Dyer. But it is also home of numerous creditable sighting reports.

Like the report of two duck hunters finding large tracks and following them. You can read that report by Clicking Here. There is also a sighting that TCC team member Jimmy Craze had and you can read it by Clicking Here.

So, tonight's episode has some good potential.

Here is the preview




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~Tom~


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Tonight's Finding Bigfoot show looks to be a pretty good one for a couple reason. One reason, would be to get a looking inside Loren Coleman's Cryptozoology Museum. For many of us, who have never been there, it should be a good little treat. Another reason that I'm interested in tonight's episode is because we have taken in a few reports from Maine and many from close to the border in New Hampshire.

Here is the synopsis for tonight's show.

The team travels for the first time Maine. They split up to interview eyewitnesses and embark on multiple solo investigations. Matt records multiple bigfoot howls, and is confident they've pinned down a Pine Tree State Sasquatch.

Here is the preview trailer.

Make sure to tune in tonight, it should be one of the better shows.

Thanks
~Tom~


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Matt Moneymaker and TCC Team Member Jason Morse
Back in April, I reported on how The Crypto Crew was providing information to the Finding Bigfoot crew for their upcoming show in New Hampshire. We now have an air date for that show. If you would like to review the post from back in April and view the pictures, then please click here.

Jason Morse and one of our witnesses was able to attend the town hall meeting and was invited back the next day. At this point we do not know how much the show will feature our team or our reports, we may not be in it at all. We have no control over the editing of the show or it's contents. We may be featured or we may not. But I feel we provided a lot of good information via email and via Jason and the witness. Now we just have to wait and see if any or how much of the information made it on the final cut of the show. In any case, we were glad to have the opportunity and everyone treated us very well.

The air date for the Finding Bigfoot New Hampshire show is set for January 17th.

Here is a little more information about the Finding Bigfoot crew being in New Hampshire. The town hall meeting lasted a reportedly 4 hours. The Finding Bigfoot crew heard several compelling reports. The Finding Bigfoot crew was in New Hampshire from April 7th - 15th.

The new season of Finding Bigfoot starts January 3rd, and the New Hampshire show on the 17th. I hope you will watch it and see if you can find us in the show.

This will be the 9th season of Finding Bigfoot! The season will feature shows in Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Georgia, just to name a few.



Thanks
~Tom~

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.



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Some of you may be too old to remember the great video game crash from the early to middle 80's. Some of you may be a little too young to know about it, but at the time it was really a major blow to the video game industry. Some even wondered if it would survive at all.

The video game industry was at an all time high for revenue in 1983 but by 1985 it had dropped by almost 97 percent. During this time many big name companies went bankrupt and out of business. Many in the industry went from making money hand over fist to closing up shop and hitting the unemployment line. The main cause of the great video game crash was saturation of market, in laymen terms, the market was flooded with video games and related items.

Many of the games and consoles that flooded the market were very sub par. In other words the games being produced were utter garbage. Take for example, the Atari game E.T. The Extraterrestrial, which was based on the hit movie.  It was massively over produced and is often called the worst video game ever made. The movie was very popular the world over, the video game version came out strong as a Christmas item but quickly became a returned to store gift. Some of these games were so bad it caused reputation damage to the industry as a whole. After all, the ET game was nothing more than an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the movie. The ET game was so over produced and terrible, that the remaining copies were buried in a Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill. Recently, within the last few years, some of the buried ET games were dug up.

So, at this point, I'm guessing some of you are thinking, "what does this have to do with Bigfoot?". Well, let me give you my take on what is going on. In my opinion,we are already seeing a decline within the Bigfoot community. There appears to be less interest and less support than in days gone by. But this is probably only the start of the Bigfoot crash. I can remember when Ghost Hunters first came on TV, I almost never missed an episode the first few seasons. As I was getting kind of bored with Ghost Hunters, I discovered Ghost Adventures. Now I rarely watch either but think they are the better paranormal shows still on. Now you can watch these shows and ones like them at about any time of the day, 7 days a week.

Over the last few years there has been an explosion of Bigfoot and paranormal related TV shows. Many of which fall into the same fate as the ET video game, sub par.  The popularity of Bigfoot and Ghost hunting has been at all time highs over the last few years. This has caused a lot of very bad shows to be put on the air in attempts to grab some cash. It has in effect caused damage to the cryptozoological field in general. For people who do serious research of subjects such as Bigfoot, it has caused an increase in fake reports and plain old hoaxing. Many may see these TV shows and get the idea of faking reports, photos and videos, in attempts to get on TV.

But over the last year or so, there seems to be a declining interest in the subject of Bigfoot. I think this is directly related to overcrowding of "not so good" television shows and other factors. The market has been flooded with misleading and often sub par shows. Some are docudrama type shows, that attempt to pass themselves off as being real. These sometimes brings confusion to the cryptozoology community, when some people believe it to be real.  Producers of these shows should be upfront about the programs contents, to help avoid this confusion.

Now, I'm not against good quality, honest TV shows. In fact, I think if done correctly, it could help advance study of many unknown and unconfirmed creatures. I know of one instant, where a local man had/has a TV show. The producers wanted him to "pretend" he and a rival were about to fight. The producers wanted to build up the fake tension between the two, wanted them to pack guns and act mad. The main person told the producers, he wouldn't be doing any of that fake stuff.

So, has there been a flood of bad Bigfoot and Paranormal shows? I think the answer is yes. Has it caused a decline in interest? I think it has. Will there be a Bigfoot crash? I think there could be at some point.

What will happen after a Bigfoot crash? Well, if we take what we know about the video game crash and apply it to the Bigfoot and Paranormal fields, I think they will survive. The crash, like the video game crash, will shake out many of the "undesirables".  This type of thing happens often when something becomes very popular and it floods the market. Many knockoffs get created and floods the market even more. Then one day it reaches a tipping point and the bottom falls out. Which is not always a bad thing, even though we do end up losing some of the good ones in the process. I think we are moving towards that tipping point in the Bigfoot community.

But, there is some good news. The Bigfoot community and Cryptozoology community in general, has a good core of solid and honest researchers and supporters. This will insure that it will survive and grow in the future. The gaming community was able to save and build the video game industry back up again. And in many ways it became better than it ever was because it pushed the gaming industry into new areas and technologies. This can also happen for the Cryptozoology community. This is achieved by having a good solid base of researchers, artist, fans, supporters and yes, even TV shows.

While the crash may come, some of us will still be here after the smoke clears. We will put back on our backpacks, load up our cameras,strap on our boots and hit the woods. Guaranteed!

Thanks
~Tom~




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About a month or so ago I was contacted again by producers for the hit TV show Finding Bigfoot.
They were interested in reports that we had taken from the New Hampshire area.

I was able to provide a good sum of information and pointed out we had a TCC team member in NH.

After it was all said and done Team member Jason Morse and one of our witnesses was invited to the town hall meeting.

After the meeting, Jason and said witness was invited back the next day. We can not comment any further on filming or anything, but we can share some photos and hear what Jason had to say about the experience.

Here is what Jason had to say:

 

".....the whole cast and crew were nothing but friendly and polite. Cliff was even nicer and more genuine in person, Ranae was funny, super nice........"


Jason with Cliff Barackman.

Back in 2014, I did an interview with Cliff. He was super nice. Check out the interview by Clicking Here!











Jason with Renae. Jason had this to say "......Both he (Cliff) and Ranae were really awesome."











 

Here is Jason with Matt Moneymaker.  Jason had this to say about Matt "...........Matt was really a nice guy"


I think sometimes Matt gets a little bit of a bad rap but he really has provided a lot information via the BFRO website.











And no visit with the cast of Finding Bigfoot would be complete without everyone's favorite member, BoBo.

Jason said ".... Bobo was ..... nice as well.."


Jason also had this to say "....In fact, all the cast knew about us (TCC), which was cool."











So, in the end Jason had a great time and I'm glad he was there to represent our Team.
We have no idea if Jason will actually make it on TV or not or if we will even be mentioned in any way but it was a good experience nonetheless. 

I can only hope the information our team provided is useful and that it adds value to the Finding Bigfoot show. We of course can not talk about the details of the show due to NDA but of course we think it has the potential to be the best one so far. (lol)

Thanks to the producers and cast of Finding Bigfoot for showing us respect and a good time.


Thanks
~Tom~

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Possible Bigfoot tracks in the snow
We found these possible Bigfoot tracks in the snow on 3/6/15 in Southeastern Kentucky. They were on a old coal mining road where there is not much traffic other than the night watchman. The mine has been closed down for several months but there is still a few items around, so they keep a watchman on the site. There is a couple miles of dirt road before you actually get to the old mining area.

There was about 15-20 tracks total. Of course there is an amount of snow melt effect to these tracks but it does appear there are toes visible in some of the tracks. The possibility of a person walking along a snowy road in bare feet when the temperatures have been below zero or in single digits most nights, is just beyond a possibility. At first we thought it could be a bear but as we got to the area where there was more snow, it became clear it wasn't bear tracks.

This area does have Bigfoot activity and has had several sightings over the years. Here is a short video I made of the tracks.


I have never been a big fan of tacks in the snow due the fact that the melting snow makes the track appear larger than it really is. As for these tracks in the video, I didn't take a measurement but they appeared to be around 13 or 14 inches long and over 6 inches wide. My boot is a size 13 and the tracks are larger than my boot but you have to take in the melting snow factor. To me what is interesting is the appearance of toes in most of the tracks and the history of sightings in the area.


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~Tom~



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The Last post of 2014!

Its finally here...the last post of 2014. As I sit here and reflect on this past year I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get more time in the mountains and get more accomplished. It seems this year our team was swamped with life events. Every thing from sickness to work obligations and it kept us from spending as much time as we normally do in the research field and pursuing stories.

Even with the up hill battle that 2014 presented to TCC, we still managed to make some contributions and add a couple new Team Members.

In 2014, we managed to release 2 video documentaries, Bigfoot:The Evidence Files and Oregon Home Of Bigfoot?, both of which are available on Amazon.com. So, Bigfoot remained a big topic for us and we posted over 45 sighting reports or Bigfoot related post. TCC, also presented over 20 interviews, some written and some audio/video. Some interviews were with other researchers including Cliff Barackman from the hit TV show Finding Bigfoot.

Our next biggest topic was UFOs. We logged over 10 UFO related post. Which also included some UFO videos from Chris Light.

One surprising topic for me personally was the logging of at least 5 Thunderbird reports.

On top of all of this we also managed to post up several book and movie reviews along with many other related post about everything from ghost to reincarnation. We will end up with over 240 total post which is a little down for us but with all things considered, it's not too bad.

We also added many videos to our Youtube and DailyMotion accounts. So all in all it was a productive year but we want to do even more in 2015.

We also had a few awards this past year, which we are proud of.
Paranormal Film Award 2014 - Winner -Thomas Marcum of The Crypto Crew with Bigfoot: Tracking A Legend.
Investigator of The Year 2014 BF - Winner - Thomas Marcum of Crypto Crew.
Researcher of The Year 2014 BF – Winner - Jason Morse of Crypto Crew.
Picture of The Year 2014 BF – Winner - Thomas Marcum of Crypto Crew.


In the coming new year we hope to step it up and bring our wonderful readers and supporters more great stories and reports. I personally plan on spending more time in the mountains this coming year and plan on traveling some.

On the Bigfoot front I hope to add more game cameras to my stock of Bigfoot hunting materials and I would really like to get me a thermal imager but ...they are so costly...I don't see it happening.

Anyways, a BIG thanks to all those who have followed us the last few years and here is to wishing you and us a Great 2015!!!

Happy New Year from The Crypto Crew Team!!!


Thanks
~Tom~



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Cliff Barackman


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Interview with Researcher Cliff Barackman
 
The interview series squatches on with our 13th installment.  Who better to talk with than Cliff Barackman. I know most, if not all, of you know Cliff from the popular TV show Finding Bigfoot, but if you are not visiting his website (CliffBarackman.com), then you are missing a wealth of good information.

- Start Interview -

TM: How long have you been researching/studying bigfoot?

CB: I've been doing field work for 20 years now, though I was reading everything I could get my hands on about bigfoot for a while before that.  I have been camping and backpacking for nearly all my life.

TM: What got you interested in Bigfoot, Was there a particular event that got you started?

CB: I've always loved “monsters” since I was a little boy, so I would watch “In Search Of...” and the other 1970's television shows as I was growing up.  However, it was in college that my academic interests turned toward this field.  I had a few-hour break between classes, so I started hanging out in the college library to kill time.  I'd wander the isles picking books off of the shelf in subjects that I was interested in, mostly the sciences.  One day I stumbled into the Anthropology section and found some books on sasquatches.  I pulled a book off the shelf (Manlike Monsters on Trial by Halpin and Ames) that was basically a collection of journal articles on the subject written by scientists.  This book changed things for me because I saw that a small number of academics were pursuing the subject, not just fringe laymen as was my belief.  I then moved onto some of the books by John Green and learned about the sheer number of people who were all reporting the same thing.  Finally, Dr. Krantz's excellent book (Big Footprints) really set the hook for me.  I immediately started camping with the purpose of trying to see a sasquatch or to go to historic bigfoot locations.  I've been hopelessly drowning in the subject ever since.

TM:  During your research/studying of Bigfoot, have you ever encountered aggressive behavior or felt in danger from a bigfoot?

CB: Not really.  I've observed a small handful of behaviors that might be considered aggressive.  I have been growl/hissed at from close range twice, but while I recognized the sound as coming from a large animal and the meaning seemed pretty clear, I didn't feel in danger.  I simply complied with leaving on one occasion (I was alone), and on the other Bobo and I whispered back and forth to each other and laughed from excitement a bit.  I've had a couple rock throwing events as well, but again, I didn't feel in danger.  My usual reaction to having a bigfoot around is one of joy, not fear.  Who knows, though?  Maybe someday one will scare the crap out of me and all that will change.  I know at least one researcher that happened to.
 
TM:  It seems Skeptics are always ready to attack bigfoot research, How do you deal with it?

CB: Skepticism is generally a good thing.  There is a lot of garbage out there regarding bigfoots, and one needs to question the validity of much of it. 
The people who strongly oppose even the possibility that sasquatches are real are another type of skeptic, holding onto their belief as if it was a religious one.  I have found that the vast majority of them haven't adequately educated themselves on the subject, so most of their arguments are moot.  I don't bother engaging with these types of skeptics in the same way that I don't bother engaging with people that think the Earth is flat.
 
There are a small number of skeptics that are well-versed in bigfoot and still don't believe in the animals.  I find them to be very useful to talk with, and I've even become good friends with a couple of them.  They give me different points of views to consider, and they ask the hard questions.  Since bigfoots are real animals, their hard questions about the subject should have good answers (and they do). 
One final note on this...  I don't really care what others think or say, as long as they are civil and polite.  Disagreeing with someone about bigfoot is a very minor thing in life, and this subject should never be used as an excuse to be a jerk.

TM:  Would you like to see Bigfoot accepted and/or proven to the general public?

CB: “Acceptance” and “proven” are two entirely different things.  For example, on most Native American reservations, the presence of sasquatches is accepted by the residents.  They live alongside each other in peace with a general understanding.  I would love to see this happen in more places, especially with the dominant Euro-American culture.
 
For most of the public, and all scientists, to have the species “proven” will demand a holotype, or a dead one to dissect and describe in a journal article.  I do not in any way support this, but solely from a position of compassion.  I think it is inappropriate to kill something like a sasquatch to satisfy our curiosity about them.  I didn't always feel this way, though.  My early bigfooting days were deeply influenced by John Green and Dr. Grover Krantz, both advocates of proving the species with a bullet.  It was through learning about sasquatches and the other apes that increased my compassion for them to the point that I think it is simply morally wrong to kill them for any reason.  They are simply too similar to our own species both physically and mentally.  So I go bigfooting because I love the subject and the creatures, and I'm always trying to increase my knowledge of them.
Learning about bigfoots is what brought me to my no-kill position, so I advocate others to learn about them too in hopes that they will come to the same conclusion. 
That being said, one will eventually be killed for the sake of science, or an accidental kill will end up in a scientist's lab.  Since sasquatches are really there, I see this as inevitable.  I do not need to advocate killing one for it to happen, and my opposition to killing one doesn't matter much either.  Hopefully my no-kill position will influence others be compassionate towards sasquatches and will help people to not fear them.
 
TM:  What is your favorite time of year to research/study bigfoot, When do you have your most success?

CB: My favorite time of year to go bigfooting is during the summer months, but mostly because I don't like being cold.  I think I have been most successful in those months, but that might be a factor of knowing where some really good spots are that are only accessible during the summer.  I have encountered bigfoots in the winter as well.
 
TM:  Do you have a favorite Bigfoot story or report?

CB: Not really.  After hearing and reading literally thousands of eyewitness accounts over the years, most of them tend to blur together.  It's so hard to narrow them down to a favorite.  I love the sighting reports that tell me a good location, or those that show some interesting behavior on the part of the sasquatch.  Those are the reports that really get me excited nowadays.

Some reports do stand out, though, like the biologist who saw a lanky, emaciated “orangutan” in the Trinity Alps of California basking on a rocky outcropping.  The man watched it for a few seconds trying to figure out what he was looking at when suddenly the sasquatch's head turned back towards him, almost like an owl's, and it stared at him for a few brief seconds with expressionless animal eyes before springing away across the rocks and slipping through a gap that seemed far too narrow for it to fit through.  The witness told me it looked almost spider-like because of the length of its limbs.  Because of his biological background, the witness had many interesting observations about its anatomy that spurred a fascinating exchange between us about the habits of the creatures in regard to the details he saw.
I also love piecing together the details surrounding footprint finds.  Most of the documentation of the footprint casts is scattered and incomplete, so I spend a lot of time chasing down details about the stories behind the casts for my footprint cast database on my website.  I think that these details add a lot of credibility to the casts, and they certainly round out the stories of their findings.  New casts are always coming to light as well through this research.  I love all the casting stories.

TM:  What would you be doing if you weren't researching/studying bigfoot?

CB: I guess I'd be wasting my time.

Thanks for doing the interview and we wish you continued success. Thanks for the work you do outside of the TV show.

- End Interview -

We hope to have many more good things in the near future, so keep watching our site.

Thanks
~Tom~


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Bigfoot TV Shows
Do They Help Research Or Hurt It?

 
This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!




Bigfoot TV Shows
Do They Help Research Or Hurt It? Researchers Weigh In
By Dorraine Fisher

With the influx of Bigfoot TV shows in the wake of a lot of breakthroughs in bigfoot research, a lot of researchers complain these shows make a mockery of them and those who are serious about the subject. Especially in light of so much money changing hands sometimes, and so many supposed authorities on the subject suddenly emerging out of the shadows.

"In my opinion, these TV bigfoot shows create a phony set of "experts" and the general public are just unaware that there are no "experts" when it comes to bigfoot. Thomas Marcum, founder of our team said in a recent statement. "Yes, there are some knowledgeable people out there, but please don't believe everything you see on these shows," he said. "They are created mostly for entertainment and profit."

Profit is the one big thing that factors in the most with these complaints about the shows. And it’s the main thing that gets under the skin of those researchers who work quietly in the background on a shoestring budget and don’t get too much credit for what they do and virtually no monetary reward.

And audiences, who are usually far removed from the technological and scientific side of research and everything that really goes on in real investigations can easily be convinced that individuals chosen for these shows are "experts" on the subject. It’s true that a few of them know a great deal, but most were chosen for the purpose of making the shows interesting and keeping people watching.

Another complaint is that the shows are more interested in turning a profit than really finding proof Bigfoot exists. But I’ve often heard, under the table in the dark, that if Bigfoot is proved to exist, then the mystery goes away. And the mystery is what sells it. So if you prove they exist, the money goes away. At least that’s what some fear. Many write books and create documentaries innocently enough in order to inform the public of their findings and tell their stories, but there will always be a few that just want to make money. And that creates the fear in the community that hoaxes are born from this mentality. And it severely cuts into those who do the work to actually prove existence. And that’s what the bigfoot TV shows often represent to them. Fame, money, and no proof or substance.

The shows like Finding Bigfoot tend to focus on footage that has become famous or infamous, and isn’t necessarily accepted by real researchers in the community. So viewers are led to believe all bigfoot researchers must also believe it too. When the truth is none of them agrees on every piece of footage that’s out there. All footage is fully scrutinized and debated endlessly.

And why aren’t the producers of these shows talking to the habituators: those people who claim to live near and work closely with sasquatches in something akin to a "Jane Goodall" type approach to sasquatch research based on proximity and trust building? You’d think those would be the people these shows would be the most curious about in getting some real footage of sasquatches. But maybe there’s a reason these researchers aren’t approached, as cryptozoologist, Sharon Day, founder of Ghost Hunting Theories explained in a recent conversation about sasquatches and approaching them in this way, under the belief that they are a type of human species.

"It’s misleading to show the public that going into a forest for a weekend is going to be how one gets evidence of Sasquatch. Rushing the woods in a disruptive manner is only going to put Sasquatch on their guard. They do not like intrusion by strangers and they will simply go deeper into hiding. If a cable channel wanted a true reality show with any chance of glimpses of the Sasquatch, a show would need to revolve around habituators, those who live in on property shared with Sasquatch clans. The residents would probably have to film the show themselves, something like "Ghost Adventures." It would need to unfold over time and with patience. The key thing with this "Habituation Situation" show would be to bring to light the family units of Sasquatch, their reticence in trusting us, and the way in which they are able to coexist with us with great dignity, given our antics on their land. Knocking on trees and hollering, disrupting the peace of the forest by strangers who are unpredictable, is the worst possible example to give the public of how to have Sasquatch encounters. Although it certainly makes for entertaining TV to see the use of crying baby dolls and fireworks, it is a dangerous example of how to handle a shy people like sasquatches."

In essence, that would take too much time and effort. Maybe that’s more of a project for Nova or National Geographic over a period of years.

So, is there anything good about these shows from the perspective of the researchers in the field? It seemed to me like a bit of a double-edged sword.

"There are a few people who get out in the woods often, who know more than most. But their reputation gets somewhat diminished because of the shows," says Washington State researcher, Tommy Naff. " For the outside observer, these shows do provide some value. But for the hard core researcher/enthusiast, the shows are more for passing time and amusement.

"I think it hurts as far as credibility…" Cripple Creek Colorado crytpozoologist and paranormal investigator, Leon Drew, said recently. "But puts more eyes in the woods."

This view is widely accepted among many. The shows brings more attention to the subject, but can detract from serious research that also deserves attention and doesn’t get it, as crytpid hunter, Adam Davies, who’s appeared on National Geographic documentaries and Monsterquest explains.

"I think they are certainly bringing more mainstream awareness of the subject to the general population. But I would really like to see one [show] which concentrates on a couple of really serious potential areas and concentrates professional and scientific resource. I am yet to see one that does not spend more than a week at most in an area and then moves on," he said.

But Massachusetts researcher, Dax Rushlow, a real researcher who was also a member of the original cast of Ten Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty who also has recently casted some very interesting footprints from his area has a somewhat lighter overview from his perspective.

"It’s all just TV," he said. "I like the fact it brings Sasquatch out in the general public. I still do my research the correct way. Yes, some of the shows are bad, but it makes my life easier to do my business in this field."

Yes, the bigfoot craze on TV does bring a lot of trouble for those who are serious about the subject. But it also brings a lot of new fans to the subject too. And when people become fans of Bigfoot shows, whether they believe it all today or not, they’re more than likely the ones who’ll believe tomorrow. So maybe it’s a good thing to keep their attention???

And maybe it’s not bad to make money off of Sasquatch. And maybe it’s not bad to joke about the subject. We all do it from time to time. Just don’t make a mockery of the researcher’s work that takes a lot of time and patience and effort. Don’t lead viewers to believe it’s all so simple and cut and dry and that they all think the same way.

And maybe we shouldn’t expect miracles from these shows, or for them to be exactly the way we want them. Bigfoot shows may really only mean to entertain rather than inform. Isn’t that what TV is really supposed to be? So naturally it latched onto the subject of Bigfoot. Because Bigfoot, whether you believe or not, is like the rock star of the forest. Who wouldn’t latch on to that?
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This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

Finding Bigfoot Photo From Virginia - Mystery Solved?

Ok. so I was going to stay out of this debate about the photo shown on a recent episode of Finding Bigfoot. The photo above was shown and some debates are now taking place about it. Some say it is a young bigfoot, while others say it is a bear.

So, I wanted to check it out more and try to show people what it is...here is a few photos.




Here is a tighter zoom on the creature in question.





Now here is some things pointed out. You can see what appears to be a long type head that includes a snout and pointy ears. The proportions are all wrong for a bigfoot.








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