Thursday, December 29, 2011

"Right This Minute" Interview

Yesterday afternoon, I was interviewed by Right This Minute news about the upcoming season premiere of Finding Bigfoot.  I was spoken to via computer, so I may look a bit funny in my movements, but considering they were in Arizona and I was in Oregon, it doesn't look too bad...

The interview can be seen by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bigfoot Eyewitness Interview in NY

In this special clip released by Animal Planet, we meet Robert, a bigfoot witness from New York.  Robert and I went to the Catskill Mountains to do a recreation of his frightening encounter.  Robert is only one of several witnesses we met in New York that will be featured on the upcoming season 2 debut of Finding Bigfoot.  Be sure to catch the premiere on Sunday night, January 1st at 10 pm on Animal Planet.

After each episode, you can look forward to my personal insights on that week's expedition by going to the official Cliff Barackman website and reading my behind-the-scenes commentaries.  We film more than 100 hours of footage for each episode, and the editors cut that down to less than 44 minutes.  Lots of cool, 'squatchy stuff gets left out of each episode, and my commentaries are the only place where you can read what happened behind the scenes.  Check them out after each and every episode!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Finding Bigfoot - NY Town Hall Meeting

In another Finding Bigfoot sneak peek video released by Animal Planet, see witnesses at the New York town hall meeting recount their tales of encountering sasquatches.  Watch the clip below, but be sure to catch the entire episode when it debuts on January 1st at 10 pm on Animal Planet.  Following each episode in season 2, I'll be posting short essays detailing my personal commentaries on each episode.  These will give insight on the encounters, investigations, and other bigfooty things that happened behind the scenes.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bringing a Baboon Bigfooting? Yep.

Another highlight of the upcoming season 2 premiere of Finding Bigfoot was finally getting to take a live ape out to the woods bigfooting.  It had been a dream of Bobo's for as long as I've known him, and it was great to see him live his dream.

Below is a sneak peek of Finding Bigfoot's New York expedition.  Be sure to catch the entire episode on Sunday, January 1st at 10 pm on Animal Planet.  Check back on my official website for my behind-the-scenes commentaries to accompany each and every episode.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Finding Bigfoot - The Game!

I've always said that if you want to see a bigfoot, you've gotta be a bigfoot.  Well, now you finally have your chance.  Animal Planet has produced a free online game where you get to be the bigfoot.  Run through the woods and elude the Finding Bigfoot team members while you pick up food items, throw rocks, and avoid collisions with traffic.  You lose when you are finally discovered, just like the real species!  

Play it now by clicking this link.  My high score is pretty bad so far, so be sure to do better than I did.

Sneak Peek at Season 2's New York Expedition

Just in time for 'Squatchmas, Animal Planet has posted a series of sneak peek clips for season 2 of Finding Bigfoot.  Be sure to check out the full episode when it premieres on January 1st!  Also catch my behind the scenes commentaries that will follow each and every episode on the official Cliff Barackman website.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Finding Bigfoot Season 2 Press Release

The Animal Planet marketing team is ramping things up for Season 2 of Finding Bigfoot.  A new press release has a lot of information that folks have been asking for, and now I can finally talk about.  Included in this press release are photographs, vocalizations by the various team members, Finding Bigfoot biographical information, video teasers, and even a partial episode guide.  Take a few minutes and browse the goods that the fine people at Animal Planet have put out there for you by clicking this link.

Remember, Season 2 of Finding Bigfoot premieres on New Year's Day, January 1st on Animal Planet at 10 pm.  Please check your local listings because of time zone issues.  The first episode will feature our investigation into the New York Baby Footage.  The New York expedition was fantastic, and very 'squatchy.  There will be a few surprises in the show, too.

And, of course, you can continue to look forward to my commentaries and interviews after the shows.  These give even more insight into the bigfooting side of things.  Remember, Finding Bigfoot is a TV show designed for entertainment, but there's real bigfooting going on, too.  The after-episode commentaries are where you can read about stuff that never made the 44 minutes of air time, but is interesting and important for bigfooters.  We shoot more than 100 hours of footage that eventually gets cut down to a measly 44 minutes.  Lots of stuff happens that never sees the TV screen...

You can read the commentaries from past episodes on my official Cliff Barackman website.

AWOLNATION and the Yeti

Below is a pretty great song with an appropriately great video to go along with it.  Boosting the video's greatness is a cameo appearance by a yeti, although it is a particularly flesh-hungry one.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Orangutan Physiology and Possible Parallels

This article details a recent study of orangutans in Borneo, and the dietary implications of being dependent on ripening fruits. Sasquatches obviously utilize the bounty of ripening berries and other forest fruits in their diet, most of which are ripening right before the onset of winter, the toughest time for survival. Like bears, it makes sense that sasquatches would put on as much weight as possible during this time for the lean winter months ahead.  But how do they deal with the lack of food throughout the winter?

Of course, orangutans are pretty much solely herbivores, while sasquatches are clearly omnivores. Still, when one considers the close biological relationship between orangutans, humans, and sasquatches, it makes sense to see how the other great apes make their livings in the world. While bigfoots are efficient predators and would clearly have it easier than herbivorous orangutans as far as getting protein in their diet, perhaps there's something to learn, or some insight to be gleaned, from this article. 

Orangutans in Borneo will eat just about any fruit in the 
forest. But during hard times when fruit is not 
bountiful, they find other sources of protein: leaves,
bark and their own body-fat reserves and muscle.
CREDIT: © Tim Laman 

How Orangutans Survive Potential Starvation
Joseph Castro, Livescience Staff Writer

Orangutans in Borneo can survive potential starvation by using their body fat and muscles as energy until a bounty of food is available, researchers find, adding that the results may someday shed light on the eating habits of our earliest ancestors.

The findings may also speak to various low-carb, high-protein diets, because essentially weight comes down to caloric intake for these orangutans as it does us, the researchers say.

In Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia, forests go through periods of high fruit yield, where around 80 percent or more of the plants will produce fruit all at once. Following these "masting" periods, the forests endure stretches of sparse fruit availability that can last anywhere from two to eight years. To survive in this unpredictable environment, orangutans put on fat by gorging on fruits when they're available, and then live off of these reserves until the next masting year.

Researchers have now learned that the orangutans start to metabolize their own muscles for protein after these fat reserves are gone.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Afterbirth of a Legend - Part 2 - Solo at Bluff Creek

This is the second installment of my irregularly scheduled behind the scenes debrief.  I do these articles after every episode, though this one has been tough to do since I've been on the road for four months filming the second season of Finding Bigfoot.  Still, for you patient folks, here it is.  Enjoy.

After our first night investigation, Bobo, Ranae, and Matt went back to Willow Creek, leaving me out in the wilds. With me was Craig Flipy, who would be filming my “solo” adventure. I was thankful to have Craig there because he and I work together on a very regular basis. We film our after-episode video debriefs, and have made a number of short webisodes about our forays into the wild. I was also given four nights in the woods to make some good bigfoot TV, as opposed to the three nights originally proposed. A new feature for season two of Finding Bigfoot is that one of us spends some time with only a bigfooty cameraman to try to get a close approach by a bigfoot. The fact that I was given an extra night was good news, as was the fact that I got to do it in Bluff Creek, an area I'm intimately familiar with.

Craig Flipy

The first night was spent on the old Bluff Creek Road that parallels the creek right above Louse Camp. There have been two sightings on that short section of road over the last three years. Bedding down in the middle of the path seemed like a good way to have a bigfoot stumble over you, so I went for it. I only got quail on my game camera that night. It was still nice to sleep out under the stars.

During my solo investigation, there are lots of scenes of me walking through beautiful meadows. These are located at Laird Meadow, half way up the slope from Louse Camp to Onion Mountain. Laird Meadow is actually a broken chain of meadows that extend on both sides of the road for nearly a mile. Separating these meadow oases are woods, with dense, shrubby undergrowth. Laird Meadow is the site of some interesting footprints found back in October 20 of 1963. A Forest Service timber cruiser named Pat Graves ran across Roger Patterson on October 21, 1963 and told him about some nearby prints that he saw the day before on a logging landing (Roger wrote in his book that the prints were found in 1964, but the original casts had the date etched into their backsides, and clearly stated 1963). I go to Laird whenever I can. There are some excellent meadows for tracking, and there is certainly a ton of food and animals in the area to make it worthy of a look when I'm in the neighborhood.

Excellent tracking substrate in Laird Meadow

I set some cameras in the transition zone, where the meadow meets the wood line. There was an obvious game trail, and I thought that this was a decent place to try to catch a mountain lion or bigfoot on camera. A predator could easily scan the meadows from the safety of the woods from this trail. When placing cameras for bigfoots, always look for the strategic terrain. While it's certain there were a lot of deer in the area, I didn't get any pictures of my targeted quarry.

The next night was spent near Dry Lake. I got word of a sighting that occurred nearby only the week before. The night was spent making calls and throwing rocks off a ridge line and going for short night walks. No responses were heard before eventually retiring for the night.

The next day was spent on a hike to the confluence of Bluff Creek and Bigfoot Creek. Back in 1994, I found a trail of 14.5 inch footprints and a tree break where the road comes down to the floodplain of Bluff Creek. From this location, a half mile walk downstream brings you to where the small brook of Bigfoot Creek flows into a deep turquoise pool in Bluff Creek. A Yurok man told me that the creek is named Bigfoot Creek because that's where the bigfoots came to fish salmon. Looking at the deep pool at the confluence, I can see why that would be true. A pool of this size would certainly be an obvious holding ground for migrating salmon resting as they moved upstream.

This is the tree that I found broken in 1994.
It has grown a bit since then, but I'm pointing
at the location of the break.

We changed locations again that night, moving camp to one of my favorite places to bigfoot. I call this area the "Water Spot" because it's a marshland off the beaten path where I've had some of my closest bigfoot encounters. I knew that if there was food there, I'd have a good chance that bigfoots might be around, too.

I did a scouting trip around the marsh. There weren't a ton of deer around, though there were a couple. At one point, I found clear footprints of a black bear. It was walking on fallen logs and through grass at the marsh's edge. Another 200 yards ahead, I found the prints of a bear cub. A mother bear and cub can be bad news, but it's just something that you take in stride when you're camping in areas with abundant amounts of food for wildlife. Bigfoots and bears both go to the same places, deal with it.

A clear black bear print from the marsh.

A black bear cub print found nearby.

That night, Craig cooked salmon on the open fire using cedar planks. The smell of cooking fish swept downwind. Darkness fell and we went for a night walk, but our calls and knocks elicited no response. Back at camp, we observed a bear forage in the swamp by watching it in the thermal imager.

I did a couple tree knocks by hitting a log against a fallen tree. What doesn't come through very well on television was the response I got. From the southwest came a large boom, wood on wood, echoing from the valley below. It was distant, but unmistakeable: a huge response to my knock. They were there.

Later in the night, right across the swamp from me, two heat signatures could be seen in the thermal imager. One was bigger than the other, and they were seemingly quadrupeds. It soon because apparent that I was seeing the mother bear and cub I tracked earlier in the day. They were busy feeding on pond lilies. I made it a point to keep track of them. I figured they already knew I was there, and it would be best to know where they are at all times, especially since we cooked salmon on the open fire for dinner that night.

At one point, the mother bear stopped feeding and watched to the south. It then rushed out of the water and onto the hillside while making low grunting noises and stomping through the brush. The cub followed a few moments later.

Puzzled, I kept scanning the hillside catching occasional glimpses of the bears as they appeared in openings between the trees. When they had nearly crested the hill, I found out why they had so immediately left the area. Branch breaking and brush crashing started from the south. Something very large and noisy was entering the area and not trying to hide its presence. The keen senses of the mother bear alerted it a full minute before whatever it was got to the area, and she fled with her cub.

There are two possibilities as to what this intruder could be: a big male bear, or a bigfoot. I sat still, listening and scanning across the swamp for a glimpse of the intruder. After the brief, but violent crashing noises announcing its approach, I heard nothing else from that side of the water. I saw no signs of whatever it was. A thorough search of the area the next day yielded no prints or sign.

Enjoy some other pictures from my solo adventure in Bluff Creek:

In the woods adjacent to Laird Meadow

Laird Meadow

Where Bigfoot Creek flows into Bluff Creek.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Finding Bigfoot Season 2 - Official Announcement

Straight from Animal Planet's media-mouth comes the official announcement of the debut of season 2 of Finding Bigfoot.  Ironically, they announced the beginning of the series on the very same day that we finished filming the last of the episodes.  Funny how thing work out sometimes.

Having been on the road filming the series for the last four months has been a grueling, yet infinitely rewarding experience.  And, yes, we found bigfoots and collected data along the way.  

The series will be an exciting and informative trip to the woods in some of the 'squatchiest places on the continent.  There are new films and photographs investigated, new sounds recorded, interviews with witnesses who have never told their story publicly, and much more.  It has been quite a trip, to say the very least.  

The cast of Finding Bigfoot at an undisclosed location:
Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, Bobo, and Ranae Holland.

After each episode premieres, I will continue my post-episode commentaries, as well as my video interview debriefs with my trusty companion, Craig Flipy.  (Yes, I know I've been lagging on part two of Afterbirth of a Legend, but I'm pretty busy with all this filming and stuff...  I haven't forgotten, though.)

Here's the article.  Thanks for watching.

FINDING BIGFOOT Returns on January 1, 2012
Second Season of Successful Sleuthing Series Gives Audience New But Disputable Proof of a Baby Bigfoot

(November 30, 2011) — For centuries, eyewitness accounts and colorful stories have fueled rumor that large, furry, human-like animals have roamed the forests in North America and other continents. These legendary creatures have come to be known as bigfoot or sasquatch. The folklore around Bigfoot has many doubters and many true believers, and passionate groups like the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO)have formed to investigate stories, analyze evidence and strengthen their hypotheses of these elusive beings.

Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot returns for a brand-new season on Sunday, January 1, 2012, at 10 PM (ET/PT) for further expeditions to investigate reports of the mysterious Bigfoot. From small towns in the South to remote areas of the mountain West and dense forest of the Northeast and into Canada, four passionate, driven researchers and adventurers embark on one single-minded mission — to find this beast.

BFRO members Matt Moneymaker and James "Bobo" Fay, professional educator Cliff Barackman and skeptical biologist Ranae Holland engage in the ultimate quest in search of proof that Bigfoot really does exist — and that he or she is alive and abundant in North America. By examining photos and videos of the creature, speaking to local witnesses, using new technology and luring the mysterious beast with the team's "squatch" calls, the group uncovers startling potential evidence of the legendary and highly intelligent enigma that has eluded capture for centuries and fascinated man for just as long.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tales of Bigfoot in Kentucky

This news article surfaced from the Richmond Register in Kentucky. It is a light-hearted overview of the Finding Bigfoot town hall meeting we held a few weeks ago in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. Enjoy!

Typical bigfoot habitat in Kentucky

Tales of Bigfoot in Kentucky
By Marie MitchellRegister Columnist

RICHMOND — In the past, if you wanted to see a tall, hairy, smelly, antisocial, two-legged creature you’d have to hang out in the Himalayas. That’s home to the Yeti or Abominable Snowman. They’ve been spotted around there for years. But remember, the air is rather thin in the mountains, which can play tricks on your brain.

Still, there’s reason to believe that some Yeti have left Nepal and made their way to North America, setting up housekeeping in secluded areas near mountains, swamps and forests. They’ve been reported in every state except Hawaii. That’s quite a trek. On foot. Even with size 20 feet.

Kentucky has had its share of sightings. People aren’t shy about admitting that they’ve seen a Sasquatch or Bigfoot in their neighborhoods, woods and rural areas. Even though Sasquatches are pretty good at hiding.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More on the Russian Yeti Claims

This article appeared today in the Huffington Post. As you might remember, a conference was held in Russia on the yeti, and a field trip was taken to a nearby cave where some hair and footprints were discovered. I think we were all hopeful about the findings, but caution should always be exercised when the word "proof" is thrown around in the media. Below is the latest information to come to light about the event. 

Yeti Evidence Falls Flat: Scientist Says Local Officials Staged Siberian Snowman Hunt For Publicity

A group of international scientists made headlines last month after suggesting they were "95 percent" certain they'd found evidence that the elusive Yeti -- or fabled Siberian Snowman -- really exists.

But one scientist who was part of the big snowman hunt tells The Huffington Post that local Siberian officials staged the entire snowman scenario -- all for publicity.

"It was a very awkward feeling because here I was a guest and this was clearly orchestrated," said Idaho State University anthropologist and anatomist Jeffrey Meldrum.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Monday, November 21, 2011

John Bavaro

I recently caught wind of an interesting art show that was on display through October 7th in the Carnegie's Duveneck Gallery.  I missed it, but that's part of the cost of being on the road for a living.  If you caught this amazing showing, please post a comment.

When reading the below article, please keep sasquatches in the forefront of your mind (you probably do this anyways).  I believe there are some particularly pertinent statements regarding the humanity of apes, and the apeness of humans, that can and probably should be applied to our furry bipedal friends.

Planet of the Apes
Artist John Bavaro reminds us we’re all primates

Could art be the missing link? Oxford, Ohio, native John Bavaro would probably say yes. His current exhibition in the Duveneck Gallery at the Carnegie Center Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington uses both traditional and digital painting to examine the similarities between humans and non-human primates. The exhibition is a sort of homecoming for Bavaro, who left Cincinnati in 2001 for a faculty post at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

First, a quick zoology lesson. Primates include humans and various groups of apes and monkeys, including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons, lemurs and others. Bavaro’s project runs the gamut with 73 painted portraits and 18 digital paintings done on his iPhone and printed in large format. The paintings encompass the entire gallery, hung side against side, salon-style. The effect is mesmerizing — it’s hard to tell where the humans leave off and the apes begin. Many of the humans gaze more distantly than their non-human primate counterparts, who grin, frown or stare soulfully. It’s exactly the point that Bavaro is trying to make. “There is as much ‘humanity’ in a great ape as there is wildness in a human being,” he writes in his statement for the show. “And there is a mystery in all of us that art can capture what science cannot.”

Click this link to read the rest of the article.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Good Advice from Ghost Hunting Theories

Insightful, informative, and curvy blogger (and friend of the 'squatch), Autumn Forest from the excellent blog Ghost Hunting Theories has given some good advice to bigfooters everywhere.  Please click this link to read what every bigfoot should know.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Comicon Pro Wrestling Spotlight Interview

In case you're wondering who my favorite wrestler of all time is, scroll forward to 4 minutes and 39 seconds.  I bet you can guess, though...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Finding Bigfoot Commentary: Afterbirth of a Legend, Part 1 - The PG Film

Before the entire seven episodes of Finding Bigfoot were even aired, it was pretty clear that we were going to go onto season two. The ratings were really high, and the network was very excited about doing a bigfoot show. They were so excited that they decided to do a two-hour Halloween special in addition to ten regular episodes that would be the second season.

When I heard that the two-hour special would be centered around Bluff Creek, CA, I was thrilled. I have been bigfooting in and around Bluff Creek since 1994, and I know that area very well. Not as well as Bobo, who has been working that area even longer, but very well nonetheless.

The episode would have a new feature that would continue into the rest of the season: one of the Finding Bigfoot team would spend a few nights out in the woods with just a camera person. Not just any camera guy, either. A bigfooter with a camcorder, doing the bigfoot thing as authentically as possible. I was tapped to be the one who got to go solo in Bluff Creek, and I am so thankful. For my camera man, I chose Craig Flipy, who luckily was available.

Craig Flipy

Obviously, any trip to Bluff Creek would have to include a look at the Patterson/Gimlin Film. I have been going to the film site for well over a decade, and have been there more than a dozen times. However, I had never been there with Bob Gimlin. He was there back in 2003 when the International Sasquatch Symposium happened, and they used his return visit as part of an episode of Mysterious Encounters, the first all-bigfoot television program.

Our trip was to be Bob's second return to the film site since he obtained the film back in 1967, but it was the first time he rode horseback to the site. Bob is a friend of mine, which is cool enough, but to go horseback riding to the film site with the man himself was beyond cool. It is a dream that I would think every bigfooter would have, and this one was coming true for me.

Bob and the Finding Bigfoot Cast

Recreating the film at the actual film site was challenging, but much less so due to the various maps made of the filming event by Ranae Dahinden, Grover Krantz, and Bob Titmus. We knew the distances from the camera to the subject (“Patty”) for all of the key frames, as well as the general route of travel.

The difficult part was that the film site is no longer a wide open sand bar as it once was. The great flood of 1964 wiped the area clean and deposited a thick layer of silt and sand over the entire area. This sand bar is still there, but the forest has reclaimed it. The entire area is thickly wooded and impossible to see through. The creek has worn its way down to the bedrock, but in 1967 it had not yet done so. Bob noted that there were no really big rocks in the creek at the film site in 1967. The biggest rocks were about softball size. He also noted that the berm between the creek and the top of the sand bar was only about three feet tall, whereas now it is about six or seven feet. It was clear that the creek has eroded the bar significantly.

Bobo's walkthrough had to be done at a slightly different place than where Patty herself walked due to the changes in the location, but I think it still provided some insight on some things. First of all, Bobo's gait does not resemble Patty's on anything more than a superficial level. Even though Bobo has done that walk literally thousands of times in his 25+ years of bigfootiness, he could not duplicate it on the uneven terrain and wild environment he walked through. Also, Bob's comments that the creature seemed to walk slower, yet cleared far more distance than Bobo was also very enlightening.

I was honored to play the part of Roger Patterson while filming the recreation. We had the same model camera that Roger used that day, and that alone was super cool. It is far larger and heavier than I expected. Heaving that bulky think around while running across the sandbar really gave me a deeper appreciation of Roger and Bob's accomplishment that day.

Cliff Barackman holding the Kodak K-100 camera

More to come in the second installment of the Afterbirth of a Legend... Check back soon.

A look at Cliff through the viewfinder of the Kodak K-100.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Yeti Saves the Day

Just because a yeti denies its own existence, doesn't mean they aren't real.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bigfoot Hunters Cause a Stir in the Klamath-Trinity Region

This article was published in the Two Rivers Tribune, a local paper in the general area of Willow Creek and the Hoopah Reservation in Northern California. Bobo and I were hanging out at a local restaurant when a Hoopah reporter started asking questions. I think it was this meeting when we learned that lots of marijuana growers had their rifle sights trained on the helicopters flying overhead that night. I guess the production company should have known better than to use helicopters at night in Humboldt County.

Cliff Barakman (left) and BoBo Fay (right) ate 
at every Willow Creek restaurant during their 12-day 
stay in the Klamath Trinity region searching for Bigfoot. 
The film retrieved will become a 2-hour special on the 
Discovery Channel’s Amimal Planet. 
Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune.

Animal Planet Tight Lipped About Upcoming Episode in Bigfoot ‘Mecca’
By Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune

The helicopters hovering over Bald Hill in Hoopa last week had locals stirring. Rumors flew just as fast as the choppers. First it was a man hunt that was too high profile to be heard on the scanner. Then it was CAMP looking for marijuana grows with infrared technology. Then it was the government investigating a fallen meteorite.

Turns out it was the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) and a film crew from Animal Planet—but we didn’t hear that from them.

After searching high and low for the BRFO team last week a surprise encounter occurred at Raging Creek Pub and Eatery in Willow Creek. Over an Ahi Tuna salad and Steelhead Ale, local bigfoot enthusiast BoBo Fay tried not to spill the beans.

Read the rest by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Finding Bigfoot: "Birth of a Legend" on Oct. 30th

In early August, the cast and crew of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot went to Northern California to investigate the most famous bigfoot footage of all time, the Patterson/Gimlin Film.  The two weeks in Northern California was extremely productive, and it was nothing less than historic to participate in such a once-in-a-lifetime event.  

The episode we shot during that time will be airing on Sunday, October 30th on Animal Planet, and I assure you it is one episode that you won't want to miss.  After the episode airs, you can look forward to my behind-the-scenes commentary (tentatively titled, the "Afterbirth of a Legend") that will shed even more light on the happenings at Bluff Creek.  My video commentary of this episode will unfortunately have to wait a while...  I am currently on the road filming the second season of Finding Bigfoot, so I'm afraid we all have to wait a bit until I get back home to film it.  

I have seen a rough cut of the episode, and it is excellent.  There was so much more that happened which didn't make the edit that you'll be almost more blown away by what they didn't include!  (Keep in mind, we filmed around 200 hours of footage for this episode.)  That's why it's good to have a bigfoot nerd like me on the cast to show you the stuff that I thought was cool that the editors didn't include.  I'm looking forward to your comments on the episode.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Finding Bigfoot's Cast Reacts to Claims of Yeti "Proof"

Here is a brief commentary from us folks at Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot about the recent claims of "proof" out of Russia.

Very little of what I said made the editor's cut on this brief clip.  I went on to comment that I have a contact that works with the native tribes of Siberia, and that these tribes have stories of sasquatch-like creatures that live nearby, just like natives of North America have.  I am absolutely sure that sasquatches (or a closely related) species lives in Russia.  However, I'm not sure that having 95% proof is the same as having "irrefutable" proof.  

I have heard that the conference was quite good, but the field trip that obtained this "proof" was a little uncomfortable for the participants.  While I do not have many details of what transpired, I am happy to hear that the Russians take this branch of science quite seriously, and they have taken strides to elevate it to the mainstream.  

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sasquatch Watches

Cliff Barackman receives his very own green Squatchwatch
from the lovely Yolie.

Just in time for Squatchmas, a line of bigfoot time pieces has come!  Already endorsed by numerous bigfooters worldwide, the "Squatchwatch" will ensure that you're never late for some midnight bigfoot screams.  Click this link to order yours!

The one and only Bob Gimlin and
his brown Squatchwatch.

Craig Woolheater of Cryptomundo sports a pink version.

James "Bobo" Fay contemplates his life before
owning a Squatchwatch.

Author, Loren Coleman, with his time piece.  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day, 2011!

Can you believe that it has been forty-four years since Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin filmed a sasquatch at Bluff Creek, CA?  To celebrate this numerically palindromic milestone, I invite you to join me at approximately 1:15 pm and give a loud "ba-whoop" to the furry gal herself, Patty!

If, like me, you find the above image to be unspeakably beautiful and meaningful, I want to encourage you to watch a very special upcoming episode of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot that will be centered around this unique footage.  Join me and the rest of the cast on October 30th at 9 pm on Animal Planet as we descend into Bluff Creek to examine the most famous bigfoot encounter of all time.  There will be several very special surprises and historic events that will be shown for the first time on television.  You'll probably recognize a couple faces from the bigfoot community as well.  Whether you're a bigfoot nerd or just a fan, you'll definitely want to check out this two-hour special.  

Cliff Barackman and Bob Gimlin

And finally, in this once-a-year celebration of this very special day, I'd like to extend a smiley and warm birthday wish to Autumn Williams.  Due to her quiet and close work with a wide array of long-term witnesses, and to her steadfast devotion to the well-being of the creatures themselves, I strongly feel that Autumn is probably the most important bigfooter today.  Happy birthday, Autumn!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Comic Con NYC 2011

Comic Con NYC was a ridiculous singularity of weirdness that was simply maddening in its hustle and bustle.  Animal Planet made an amazing booth to promote Finding Bigfoot, complete with a photo booth from which to email photos to friends, as well as a sound booth in which visitors could record their own bigfoot screams.  A yeti was even wandering around the floor of the convention hall posing for photos.  Animal Planet really outdid themselves.  

My friend, Dawn, with the yeti.

The cast of Finding Bigfoot held a panel discussion on sasquatches on Friday night which was moderated by 30 Rock's Judah Freidlander.  Judah is a bigfoot fan, and in his new book, How to Beat up Anybody, he features a chapter on how to beat up a bigfoot.  He did clarify this at the panel discussion by saying that probably 99% of bigfoots are peaceful, passive creatures, and his chapter is primarily to defend oneself from that dangerous 1 %.  After the panel discussion, Judah proved he could beat up anybody by punching Bobo in the face.  

The "World Champion" lands a sucker punch.

Saturday at Comic Con was a zoo.  I wandered around the crowded floor snapping photos with various friends of the 'squatch, and just tripping out on the chaos that surrounded me.  On my walk back, I stumbled across the Occupy Wall Street protest, which had apparently moved to Times Square.  I shouted rants about befriending bigfoots and the like, but only a few noticed.  One woman seemed to be chanting about how the world was 'squatchy, but apparently she was saying the world was "watching"...  I need to get my hearing checked.  

Enjoy these photos from the event.

The cast and executive producers of Finding Bigfoot

Cliff Barackman and Judah Freidlander

Cliff and a friend of the 'squatch

Another friend of the 'squatch

The Finding Bigfoot panel discussion

Bleep bloop whistle whistle

Holy bigfoot buddies, Batman.

I'm not sure what this is, but it's friendly to the 'squatch.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Finding Bigfoot in NYC this Friday

This Friday, October 14th, at 6:30, the cast (Bobo, Matt, Ranae, and I) and executive producer of Animal Plantet's Finding Bigfoot will be featured in a panel discussion about the show.  The one-hour discussion will be held at the New York Comic Con, and rumor has it will be moderated by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander.  The first 100 people at the panel discussion will receive a limited edition Finding Bigfoot t-shirt (I don't even have one of those!).  If you can come, please say hello to me!

The following is from the Comic Con website:

Finding Bigfoot

Date: Friday, October 14
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Fresh from the forests of North America, the cast and producer of Animal Planet's hit "Finding Bigfoot" satisfy Sasquatch curiosity, debunk swamp ape myth and transport the audience to the birthplace of Bigfoot. Join them for a world premiere sneak peak of the show's upcoming Halloween special that investigates the infamous Patterson-Gimlin footage and explores California's Redwood Forest -- the mecca of Bigfoot activity. The crew will discuss their Squatchin' experiences from the show and share years of Bigfoot knowledge and research. If you're lucky, you just may hear a Squatch call! The first 100 people to the panel will receive a limited edition Finding Bigfoot t-shirt.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Finding Cody

On February 16, 2011, I did an investigation to a place near Bull Mountain, GA where I found some very interesting footprints.  These prints were cast and documented as part of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot series.  Photographs of these prints and the details surrounding their discovery are detailed on this page, as well as this page.  

As the pages linked above clearly show, the source of these prints is still unclear.  However, it never occurred to me  that they could be from Cody Lundin from Discovery Channel's Dual Survival.  Thank you, Lavinco from YouTube for clearing this up for me!  Hilarious!

Send your fan art to me by clicking this link to!  

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Crush on a Yeti

She's got a crush on a yeti?  Me too.  In fact, I've had a long-lasting love affair for nearly 40 years.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Two-Hour Specials and Comicon Appearances for Finding Bigfoot

Now that the official press release is out, I can finally tell you a little about what 's going on with Finding Bigfoot.  On October 30, a special two-hour episode will air, and I strongly suspect you will love it.  We visit Bluff Creek, CA and delve into the history of bigfoot in America.  While I cannot spoil any secrets about what we do nor who we speak to, I can absolutely promise you that any bigfooter will want to see this episode.  I know that filming it was nothing less than historic for several reasons, and I'm sure much of the great stuff will make the editing cut.  

You can look forward to a written commentary about the episode (as soon as I see it...  I'll be on 
the road filming season 2 when it airs, so I'm not sure i'll see it right away...), as well as a video debrief with Craig Flipy when I return to Portland.

Additionally, the cast of Finding Bigfoot will partake in a panel discussion at the New York Comicon convention on October 14th.  More on this, as well as the two-hour special as the dates grow closer.

Here's the press release from Animal Planet (with slight factual errors and all...):


This fall, the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) team from Animal Planet's FINDING BIGFOOT trudges deep into California's Redwood forest to investigate one of the most infamous and disputed pieces of Bigfoot evidence ever - the Patterson-Gimlin footage. Premiering Sunday, October 30, at 9 PM (ET/PT), the two-hour special FINDING BIGFOOT: BIRTH OF A LEGEND takes viewers to the site where the notorious footage was captured to investigate the elusive beast's existence and settle the more than 50-year-old debate originated by the tape. 

Outfitted with the latest technology, including night-vision and infrared cameras, the BFRO team also scours the Redwoods to uncover additional evidence of the presence of Sasquatch. With more Bigfoot signals discovered in the Redwoods than anywhere else in North America, each broken branch or peculiar noise could mean a Squatch is lurking nearby.

Prior to the debut of the special, the BFRO team will make an appearance at this year's New York Comic Con convention. On Friday, October 14, at 6:30 PM, the entire cast -- Bobo, Cliff, Matt and Ranae - will debunk Bigfoot myths with a special sneak preview of theBIRTH OF A LEGEND special. Following the sneak peek, the team will discuss its Squatchin' experiences from the show and share years of Bigfoot knowledge and research on a panel.

In FINDING BIGFOOT, a four-person team from the BFRO -- a  leading scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery -- investigates Sasquatch sightings by interviewing locals, examining evidence and infiltrating the woodlands and forests in places where Bigfoot has been reported.

FINDING BIGFOOT is produced for Animal Planet by Ping Pong Productions. Keith Hoffman is the executive producer for Animal Planet. Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels are the executive producers for Ping Pong Productions.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Poking Fun at Finding Bigfoot

Over at the blog Ghost Hunting Theories, paranormal investigator and friend of the 'squatch, Autumnforest, has posted a funny dialogue for a fictional episode of Finding Bigfoot.  I giggled to myself several times while reading through the post because it hit a little closer to home more than Autumnforest probably realizes.  The parody on our personalities seems a bit more accurate now that I've been on the road for nearly two months filming the second season of the show.  Read on for a sample of the script, and click the link below for the rest.  

Thank you, Autumnforest, for a good laugh at my expense!

RANAE: Man, I'm really glad to be here in my home state on what might be a really awesome hunt.

Matt: (Turning to Cliff) Did you hear something?

Cliff: You mean Ranae speaking?

 (frowns) Ranae?

Cliff: (prompts) You know, the female on the team. (seeing Matt's blank stare, he adds) The skeptic.

 (bristles) Oh, her.

Bobo: What do you want us to do, huh?

Ranae: If these people said that the creature was as tall as that row of branches down the hillside, perhaps we should have Bobo go down there and wander around and see if we can get a height on this thing.

Matt: (elbows her) I am the leader, here. (thinks) Bobo, let's have you go down the hillside and stand in for Bigfoot, hmm?

(BoBo stomps off down the hillside)

Cliff: Waaaaaaaaaeeeeewwwww! Woooooop! Woooooop! Waaaaaaeeeewwww!

Matt: No, Cliff, it's not time to do a Bigfoot call.

Cliff: (pouts and stomps his foot) I'm better at it in the shower. Or the car. Sometimes, I practice it in the grocery store. Well, back when they used to let me go there. Denny's and IHOP don't like me much either. I'm not welcome back at my grandma's house either. (frowns and shrugs) Come to think of it, my HOA isn't too happy. They came up with some rule on their books about Bigfoot calls.(mumbles)

For the rest of the roast, click this link.