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1. November 2011

Special von Finding Bigfoot online

Die TV-Serie "Finding Bigfoot" geht in die zweite Runde. An Halloween zeigte Animal Planet ein zweistündiges Special, ab Anfang Jahr werden dann die Folgen der zweiten Staffel ausgestrahlt.
In der Spezialsendung begibt sich das Team um Matt Moneymaker, dem Chef der Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, nach Nordkalifornien, zum Geburtsort des Bigfoot-Phänomens und Schauplatz unzähliger Sichtungen.
Die Folge ist vor wenigen Stunden auf YouTube hochgeladen worden. Wie immer lautet die Devise: Anschauen, so lange sie online ist.

23. Oktober 2011

Wurde in Virginia ein Bigfoot angefahren?

Letztes Update: 27.10.2011

Matt Moneymaker von der Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) twitterte am 23. Oktober diese Meldung:

"Our scout Tyler Bounds (WA-BFRO) hit a bigfoot last night (round 2AM) while driving near High Knob VA. Vehicle damaged but no blood, hair."

Tyler Bounds schrieb einige Stunden später folgenden Eintrag im BFRO-Forum, der Moneymakers Meldung etwas relativierte. So ist sich Bounds nicht sicher, was er angefahren hatte.

"Hey everybody-
so here is how events of that night (Oct 22/23) played out. For the Virginia episode of 'Finding Bigfoot', the afternoon of Oct. 22 I had to go to an area 90 minutes away from our base, and set up some bait stations. Due to a lack of communication, I had to return to the area later that evening and set up some more bait stations. This kept me out in a remote mountain area until 1:25am (I noted the exact time I left so the show's field coordinator would know how long it would take to go to and from the site, for scheduling purposes.) As I left the gravel road and got onto a two-lane, curvy secondary road, I noted that it was very foggy, due to a large creek adjacent to the road, and because I was down in a hollow (or "holler", as the locals call them). After a few miles, I left the secondary road, and turned onto a two-lane highway, still shrouded in fog. It was now 1:50am. As I was driving the rental Dodge Grand Caravan, I looked down for a moment to set the cruise control and get myself up to 55mph, and was momentarily stymied by the amount of glowing buttons on the steering wheel (remember, I had been hiking all day long, both in the daytime and at night, and had spent a great deal of time sitting on my butt, so I was fairly exhausted). Now, this is where things happened, very quickly.
As I looked up from the steering wheel back to the road, I noticed a large (as tall or taller than the van), upright, all black "figure" stationary, on the centerline (or just to the right of the centerline). I say "noticed" a figure, but, in reality, as I looked up, I was right on top of it. The van shuddered, the drivers' side mirror was forcefully folded into the vehicle, and I felt and heard the object hit the side of the van behind me, like a slapping sound. I stopped the car, after some choice cursing and a lot of "what the f@#k?!?" and tried to look in the side mirror to see behind me, but the mirror had been cranked towards the van. I looked in the rearview, but the brakelights on the fog just obscured anything that may have been in the road. I then drove forward about 40 feet and turned the van around, and returned to the site. Only a handful of seconds had elapsed, maybe 10 to 12. There was nothing in the road, and no sign of anything having been in the road- blood, hair, guts, etc. I drove a bit further, turned around again, and again returned to the site. Parking the van on the shoulder, I immediately grabbed a FLIR that I just happened to have on standby mode, and I thermed the area for 40-45 minutes, while yelling out to whatever, or whoever I had hit. At that point, I was still thinking that I may have hit a person. Nothing answered, and there were no heat signatures anywhere. It was difficult so see anything though, due to the thick fog everywhere, even when I looked for a heat signature on the road. While I was parked on the shoulder, I inspected the vehicle, looking for hair, blood or flesh on the mirror and on the side of the van, but I found nothing by the light of my headlamp. After seeing or hearing nothing, I decided to leave the location. I had to drive about 15 miles before I had cellphone reception, at which time I attempted to call Matt Pruitt first (longtime field partner and one of my closest friends), and, after failing to get through to him, I called Cliff Barackman to share what had happened (according to Cliff, my call came at 2:47am). He suggested that I dictate what had happened into one of my audio recorders for posterity, which is a no-brainer, but I think I may have still been in shock, as I didn't even think of doing that. I pulled over into a nearby well-lit gas station to grab an audio gadget, and also to take a better look at the vehicle. It was then that I noticed the front left side of the van was badly damaged, with a dent running from just behind the headlight into the wheel well. I inspected for more evidence, but again was unsuccessful. There were smears on the dented area and on the side mirror, but it yielded no information as to what I had hit. I resumed driving and I recollected my experience into the audio recorder while it was still fresh in my mind. I returned to my hotel and immediately crawled into bed and slept.
In the morning everybody has heard the news, and the damaged area was further inspected for evidence, again to no avail. I desperately wanted to go back to the location to look around in the daylight, but our shooting schedule wasn't going to allow it, as I was needed on-site, in the field. But, as we came up on our lunch break, one of the shows' producers insisted that he and I go to the spot and look around. There was a lot of deer sign in the fields on both sides of the road, and a swampy creek meandered through and under the road very close by to where I had the encounter. We walked along both sides of the road for approximately 1/4 mile, but found nothing that would obviously suggest a sasquatch had been recently nearby. There were several deer lays and trails, and several rabbits were flushed out of the thick brush immediately alongside the road, but, again, nothing that would conclusively prove that a sasquatch had been there, and no blood trails were found either. Most importantly, to me anyways, we did not find a person in the brush, dead or alive, so that immense weight was lifted from my shoulders. We returned to the filming location, where in the meantime Cliff and Bobo had swabbed the vehicle in an attempt to retrieve DNA evidence, and those samples will be analyzed.
Until those results are back, we will never know for sure what I hit that night- it doesn't make sense to me that a human would be standing in the middle of a remote, foggy road at around 2am, wearing all black. Perhaps, if it was a sasquatch, it was there because of the abundance of deer in the area, which does make sense, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to have an extremely close encounter with it. I would also like to make clear that I never said that I DEFINITELY hit a sasquatch, the tweet that was sent by Matt Moneymaker was, in my opinion, very premature, with no verification or substantiation at that time, as I had not even returned to the site, and hadn't expected to be able to.
Again, I don't know for sure what I hit, and the most likely candidate would be a deer, but I have never before mistaken a deer for a sasquatch, and I am fairly certain it was not a deer, but, again, we won't really ever know what I smacked into that night.
If anyone has any further questions, please feel free to ask, and I will do my best to answer them. Thanks for your patience and understanding everyone."

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11. Oktober 2011

Finding Bigfoot: An Halloween gehts weiter

Ab dem 30. Oktober wird in den USA die zweite Staffel von Finding Bigfoot ausgestrahlt. Die Docutainment-Serie von Animal Planet begleitet vier Mitglieder der Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) bei ihrer Suche nach Beweisen für die Existenz von Bigfoot. Die erste Folge beschäftigt sich mit dem Patterson-Film und wurde in Nordkalifornien gedreht. Gefilmt wurde aber auch in der Wildnis von Minnesota, Rhode Island und Alberta. Es ist anzunehmen, dass die Folgen kurz nach ihrer Ausstrahlung auf YouTube auftauchen werden.

12. Juli 2011

Bigfooting in Alaska

Die letzte Folge der ersten Staffel von "Finding Bigfoot". Diesmal durchforstet das Quartett um Matt Moneymaker die Wälder von Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Ein würdiger Abschluss, finde ich und empfehle: Anschauen, so lange die Sendung online ist.

28. Juni 2011

Daumen hoch für "Finding Bigfoot"

Die Macher der US-TV-Serie "Finding Bigfoot" haben viel Kritik einstecken müssen, seit das Programm vor wenigen Wochen lanciert wurde. Übernächsten Sonntag flimmert bereits die letzte Folge der ersten Staffel über die Mattscheibe. Eine zweite Staffel ist laut Matt Moneymaker geplant. Die Kritik ist zum Teil berechtigt und entstammt auch den Reihen der vier Protagonisten.
Vor allem Moneymaker kritisierte den TV-Sender Animal Planet aufs Heftigste in diversen Foren und Blogs. So seien Szenen weggelassen worden, um die Zuschauer zu täuschen, und Zitate aus dem Zusammenhang gerissen worden. Man muss sich über zwei Dinge bewusst sein: Die Serie soll in erster Linie unterhalten. Es ist Docutainment. Sie soll wahre Begebenheiten zeigen, aber zugleich unterhalten. Und das tut die Serie gut: Sie baut Spannung auf, ist abwechslungsreich, und als Neuling lernt man einiges über Bigfoot und die Suche nach der Kreatur. Hintergrundinfos zu jeder Folge gibts übrigens hier.
Zweitens muss man bedenken, dass es die Produzenten nicht ganz einfach haben: Für eine einzige Folge werden wohl Hunderte von Stunden Filmmaterial generiert. Dies dann auf 45 Minuten kürzen und dabei sicherstellen, dass der rote Faden nicht verloren geht, ist wohl eine sehr anspruchsvolle Aufgabe. Alles in allem bin ich von "Finding Bigfoot" positiv überrascht. Die Serie ist auch besser als die frühere (mittlerweile abgesetzte) Serie "Monster Quest". Sie schadet weder der Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, der die Protagonisten angehören, noch der Bigfoot-Forschung allgemein, im Gegenteil.
Deshalb nun, quasi als Demonstration, die neueste Folge "Frozen Bigfoot". Darin nimmt das Quartett die so genannten Silver-Star-Fotos unter die Lupe. Es sind die einzigen Fotos von Bigfoot, die ich kenne, von denen ich glaube, dass sie einen echten Bigfoot zeigen. Es sind drei Schnappschüsse, die 2005 auf dem Silver Star Mountain In Washington aufgenommen wurden. Übrigens in derselben Region, wo der Skookum-Abdruck gefunden wurde. Die Fotos zeigen eine schwarze Kreatur, die auf dem schneebedeckten Gipfel steht, sich dann erhebt und davonspaziert. Die Kreatur gleicht jener im Patterson-Gimlin-Film: Die breiten Schultern, das Kinn, das unterhalb der Schultern liegt und der ansteigende Hinterkopf, wofür ein Sagittalkamm verantwortlich sein könnte.

1. Juni 2011

Neue Doku-Serie über Bigfoot (aktualisiert)

"Finding Bigfoot" heisst eine neue Doku-Serie, die vom US-Fernsehsender Animal Planet produziert wird. Die Reihe handelt von vier Bigfoot-Forschern der Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, die nach Beweisen für die Existenz der Kreatur suchen. Darunter ist auch Cliff Barackman, mit dem ich letzes Jahr ein Interview führen konnte. Ich bezweifle zwar, dass sie Bigfoot im Rahmen dieser TV-Produktion finden werden, trotzdem ist "Finding Bigfoot" sehenswert. Angefügt ist der erste Teil der ersten Folge, die restlichen findest du hier.