BRETTON WOODS — At 10 p.m. Jan. 17, many television sets, including at the Omni Mount Washington Resort here, will be tuned to Animal Planet when it airs an episode of “Finding Bigfoot” about attempts last year to find the elusive man-ape creature in the Granite State.
On April 8, 2015, the cast and producers of “Finding Bigfoot” held a well-attended town meeting at the Bretton Woods Ski Lodge, where they received reports about a possible Bigfoot in the White Mountains, the North Country, even the Seacoast.
Although the scientific community, according to the CryptoWiki website, considers Bigfoot to be “a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoaxes, rather than a real creature,” Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch and Yeti, remains a subject of great interest.
“Finding Bigfoot” — whose team consists of Matt Moneymaker, president of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization; researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman; and field biologist and Bigfoot skeptic Ranae Holland — has traveled to 38 states and eight countries during the past four years looking for its quarry.
The new season of the program begins today with a two-hour premiere that compares Sasquatches reportings in Canada and the U.S., while the following week, the Bigfoot team will be in the woods of Maine.
In addition to New Hampshire, “Finding Bigfoot” also will feature investigations in Florida, New York and Texas.
Moneymaker, in a prepared statement, said the “Finding Bigfoot” team, which was in New Hampshire from April 7 to 15, was pleased with the effort, although it was hampered at times by deep snow. Moneymaker hoped to obtain a sound recording from one of the Sasquatch “hotspots” that had been identified at the Bretton Woods town hall meeting.
Craig Clemmer, who is the marketing director at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, on Saturday said that several people had contacted “Finding Bigfoot” about suspected Bigfoot activity in the Mount Washington Valley and its environs and that the show then reached out to the hotel, which hosted the town meeting at its ski area.
“It’s a fun show,” said Clemmer, adding, with a noticeable trace of humor, that “if you’re going to come looking for Bigfoot in the North Country, you should stay at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel.”
Personally unaware of any reports of Bigfoot around the resort, Clemmer said he and the resort staff enjoyed the experience of having the “Finding Bigfoot” investigators as well as their fans there.
“They were definitely great to work with. Nice people and their fans, had great fun meeting them, and they were great to the staff,” said Clemmer, who when asked if he’ll be watching “Finding Bigfoot” two weeks hence, gave an immediate, enthusiastic response: “Oh, yeah.”
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