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People Are on the Hunt for Bigfoot. Here’s How They’re Funding It
Looking for a sasquatch costs money, and though some television studios fund shows that hunt the mythical beast, a significant amount of funding comes from private citizens. Nisian Hughes/Getty Images
by Patrick J. Kiger
December 7, 2015
According to a 2014 poll, about 20 percent of Americans believe in the existence of Bigfoot, the hirsute creature who supposedly stands somewhere between seven and 10 feet tall. And a good many of those people seem eager to spend their time tramping around in the woods, in hopes of being the first to bring back the first conclusive, irrefutable proof of the reclusive primate’s existence. Most of those intrepid trackers, sadly, must self-finance their pursuit of zoological immortality.
“People pay out of their own pockets to search for Bigfoot,” says Loren Coleman, author of the 2003 book “Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America,” and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.
“That’s why debunkers use the ridicule factor,” he says, “and call the short-term Bigfoot seekers, ‘weekend warriors’ and ‘six-pack Joes,’ acting like these sincere folks out there looking for Sasquatch are just beer-drinking yahoos — which is not the reality at all.”
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