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TV looks for Bigfoot here

Oh where or where is Bigfoot?

Apparently he wasn’t found in this area- that is if you believe ANIMAL PLANET’s Finding Bigfootteam.

The Bigfootteam consisting of Cliff Barackman, Renae Holland, James Fay and Matt Moneymaker (yeah, that’s his real name) have made lots of mullah looking for Bigfoot. The show is in its third season and the crew still hasn’t found the furry creature.

Of all the places one could look for the elusive Sasquatch, ie. the Pacific Northwest, why would the reality show producers chose Mid-Michigan? When I heard they were flying a helicopter from the Mt. Pleasant airport, to search the Gladwin State Forest, and areas in Houghton Lake and West Branch, I thought it was a hoax.

Further research, however, convinced me, just like it had the show’s Bigfootteam, that Bigfoot might actually exist in the woodlands around Merideth or points north. According to Phil Shaw of West Branch, an expert on Bigfoot, our forests here provide an excellent habitat for Bigfoot, and that there have been 130 confirmed sightings of the beast in Michigan. Several of those sightings have been right in our backyard.

Bigfoot, according to Shaw, is about 8 feet tall and 800 pounds. They are usually covered in dark brown or reddish hair.  He says it could be mistaken for a grizzly bear, however, because of Bigfoot’s height, it has a longer stride than bears that walk on their hind legs. He is supposedly an omnivore, nocturnal and non-confrontational.

Before taking to the woods on horseback with helicopter hovering above with cameras, the Bigfootteam held a town meeting at the Houghton Lake Playhouse. Would you believe over 350 people showed up to share their stories about Bigfoot, in hopes of getting their mugs on one of ANIMAL PLANET’s most popular shows?

According to Shaw, one lady who lived south of Houghton Lake (hmmm that could be Harrison or Leota) actually had recorded “whoop howls” from Bigfoot. Since Bigfoot only howls on a limited basis according to Shaw, this was really impressive.

And a woman south of Mt. Pleasant was upset because she hadn’t been contacted by the show’s producers. She claims Bigfoot came “and knocked a fan out of our bedroom window.” The creature she says has been around for about 15 years, and she has actually seen it crouch in her front yard. She said the creature makes strange noises that send the family dog in to hiding.

Readers, I’m not making this stuff up. There are dozens of people that believe Bigfoot exists right here in northern Clare County. Some of them will be on the TV show that airs at 10 p.m. on Sundays. This particular episode is expected to air sometime in the summer. It outta be a hoot!