Animal Planet has a new series, FINDING BIGFOOT, seeking evidence that the elusive creatures exist. They call it, Finding Bigfoot, because giving it an honest name like, Looking for Bigfoot and Finding Nothing at All is not likely to capture viewer’s attention. TV viewers, we are a fickle crowd, are we not?
The show sports a colorful cast of investigators: Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman, along with skeptical scientist and voice of reason, Ranae Holland. The show follows them from one locale to the next as they investigate Sasquatch (a.k.a. Bigfoot) sitings.
Each episode, they examine blurry photos and shadowy videos, speak to local witnesses, and use night-vision and heat-sensing cameras to try to find Bigfoot in areas where others claim to have seen them. My favorite part is when they stand in the woods somewhere at night, illuminated green by the night-vision cameras, and try to lure the creatures with their Sasquatch calls. It’s great stuff when a coyote or owl calls back and they get excited, thinking it might be a Sasquatch communicating back to them. Of course, it never is.
Unfortunately, nothing is conclusive or even likely, but the editors of the show make the most of this faithful group not finding anything at all, episode after episode.
Matt Moneymaker says he has been searching for Bigfoot for over 25 years. The others on the team have been looking for years as well. Each place they go, they find other Bigfoot hunters or at least believers. There is an organization dedicated to finding these creatures, using state of the art technology. With all of that, no one can turn up anything concrete that these things even exist. Not a body of the creature, not even a decent video or photo. Bigfoot is more difficult to find than Osama bin Laden. Believing in Bigfoot is indeed, a matter of faith.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that Sasquatch are real. If they do exist, they obviously want to be left alone. How else do you explain how they have evaded the hunters for so long? That has to be intentional.
If Bigfoot hunters really have the respect for these creatures that they claim to have, they would respect their desire for privacy and leave them alone. I mean, even Mormons will go away if you don’t answer the door when they knock. Take a hint from them, Bobo.
When I was a kid, I was into UFO phenomena. It wasn’t a big stretch to add things like Bigfoot, Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster or Chupacabra to my growing interest in the fantastic and unproven. I loved the episodes of Six-Million Dollar Man that featured the bionic Bigfoot. Then I grew up and stopped following such things, but have always been fascinated by the idea of a mythical creatures or aliens, so I can’t poke too much fun at this show. After all, I haven’t missed a single episode. I may be their biggest fan. And these guys parleyed such a ridiculous premise into a TV series. Matt Moneymaker is indeed, living up to his surname.
And maybe, one day – they may find Bigfoot, who will kill them for relentlessly pursuing him all these years. What can I say? I root for the underdog.
© 2013, Mitch Lavender