Is Sasquatch Real?

Celebrity Q&A
on November 3, 2012
Animal Planet
BLUE MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA-MAY 22, 2012: Photo of cast member of Finding Bigfoot , Matt Moneymaker, educator Cliff Barackman, biologist Ranae Holland and James “Bobo” Fay, and and, during filming in Sydney's Blue Mountains on Tuesday May 22 , 2012. DISCOVERY NETWORKS ASIA / LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI.

Do the investigators on “Finding Bigfoot” really believe it exists? Will they be back for another season?
—Michael Scott, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker and researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman believe that there are Bigfoot communities somewhere in the world and that Bigfoot or Sasquatch are most likely descendants of Gigantopithecus, an extinct genus of ape which stood more than 9 feet tall.

According to Moneymaker, “There’s every kind of evidence that these things exist, except bones. There are sound recordings, videos, photographs, footprint casts, hairs. [Bones are] very rare. Animals, when they die in the woods, usually they’re in places where people aren’t going to stumble across them. Someday [a body] will be found, but before that will happen somebody will probably get good video footage, which is difficult, because they come out at night.”

But biologist Ranae Holland, who makes up the fourth member of the team, is more skeptical. “Arguably, there’s a lot of evidence,” she says. “But for me, the hard evidence hasn’t been discovered, and that’s my personal opinion. The anecdotal evidence and the casts are out there. But really what this comes down to is a very controversial subject: Is this an animal or not? Is it real? These guys have their opinion; I have mine.”

In the new season of “Finding Bigfoot,” which begins airing on Animal Planet on Nov. 11, the team will expand its search in North America and then head overseas to investigate the Sasquatch phenomenon known as “yowies” in Australia, and the Orang Pendek of Indonesia.

“We have new photographs that have never been shown anywhere before,” Barackman says. “There is a very compelling game-camera photograph. One in Vermont, near the New York border, captured what appears to be a large female Sasquatch and maybe even a juvenile with it. In addition to that, we are also utilizing new search techniques that have never been tried anywhere. So there’s a lot of new surprises and interesting aspects to the upcoming episodes.”

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