Imagining Bigfoot: That’s a few hundred bucks

Group sets up fall search for Bigfoot in W.Va.

Judging by the number of people willing to spend up to $500 to look for him/her/it, Bigfoot appears to be alive and well in West Virginia.

The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, a group that sets up hunts for the legendary creature, will conduct a four-day search this fall through the Mountain State’s hills and hollows. According to the organization’s website, all available slots for the Sept. 20-23 outing have been filled.

Russ Jones, a Charleston-area chiropractor and one of the Bigfoot organization’s local investigators, said the interest being focused on West Virginia isn’t surprising.

“West Virginia is 16th in the nation for Bigfoot reports,” he explained. “With our small (human) population and relatively poor Internet access, I’d say we’re pretty active.”

He estimated that the outing would attract roughly 40 searchers, each of whom would pay $300 to $500 to look and listen for evidence of the cryptic creature.

“Some of those people will be members of the public who are along for the experience,” he said. “But with each small group of amateurs, we try to place a genuine Bigfoot investigator who has thermal imaging equipment, night-vision equipment or high-tech audio recording equipment.”

Source: Marietta Times (WV)

People are willing to spend up to $500 with a better guarantee that you WON’T find it than that you will? I’m in the wrong business. But, why wouldn’t Bigfoot run the other way when a pile of people are traipsing through the woods making noise? Odd. And quite the money-maker for the organization. This isn’t fraudulent; they don’t promise you anything. I would think that it’s just for fun by people who sign up. Yet, I suspect most are serious believers. But if you think that Bigfoot hunting in this manner is scientific or will find anything of value, you’ll be disappointed.

  7 comments for “Imagining Bigfoot: That’s a few hundred bucks

  1. Mark IV
    April 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    16th, you say? In the US alone? /s
    I admit to having a skeptical fascination with the idea that Bigfoot might roam the woods of Oregon, but that’s where I draw the line. Call it a guilty pleasure. But I’ve been wondering for a long while now why Matt Moneymaker and his crew push so hard for the presence of Bigfoot in such unlikely places as Ohio and Rhode Island, and who in their right minds would believe it. If Moneymaker’s own name doesn’t give it away–and seriously, is that some kind of crazy joke?–I think this story finally explains it. It turns out there is actually a way to make money from the BFRO brand. It seems to me like they’re working on a franchise model, of sorts. Maybe MM gets a 30% cut, like Apple. 30% of $500 is not a lot of money, but maybe it’s enough to meet the needs of a guy who sleeps in the woods.

  2. April 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Agreed. Although I think they are heavily invested in their belief, they are running a business. To say it is scientific is the joke. I’ll have more to say about this in a column article later this month.

  3. Jim
    April 11, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    There’s a fool born every minute.

  4. April 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I’m just wondering when they’re going to conduct their search in the most barren parts of the Mojave desert.

  5. Sean Elliott
    April 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    I am a long time Bigfoot buff turned skeptic who lives about three miles from Mike Rugg’s museum in the mountains of Santa Cruz. I have to say I understand the fascination but not the denial of reality. I took a good look at the evidence both pro and con, and found the argument against Sasquatch overwhelming,despite a fervent desire otherwise. I am grateful for the experience, as it opened up the world of science and philosophy to a previously credulous mind. The end result is that I find the Bigfoot phenomenon no less interesting as a cultural construct. The human mind is truly incredible!

  6. April 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    You are totally right, Sean. Many of us took the same journey. It’s important to truly examine an issue from both sides, but it is not easy. Bigfoot as a cultural construct is EXTREMELY fascinating.

  7. April 13, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Now there’s a direction I never considered. So, what do you believe influences the culture most; the media, authors, or the people (conventions, internet, etc.)?

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