The crew is expected to shoot twice overnight and wrap up by the end of the month, said
"Finding Bigfoot" is in its fifth season on Animal Planet. Its premise is "investigating compelling evidence that may prove the existence of the elusive creature," according to promotional material created by its producers.
The crew coming to the area is led by
"The challenge with any animal that is rare, solitary, nocturnal and far-ranging in habitat is to find them and observe them in the wild," he said.
Meldrum said reports suggest an animal fitting the description of a Sasquatch would require "a diverse diet" that resembles that of black bears -- which are described as omnivorous. Such an animal also would need to live in a large forest that receives a substantial amount of precipitation, Meldrum said.
A website operated by a group called the
According to one report, a man, now around 50 years old, claimed he saw the creature when he was 8 years old on the south side of the mountain while with his father. The report was submitted in 2003 and the parent he was accompanying had died before the claim was made.
A more recent report stated two people saw two furry figures, one small with light-colored fur and the other larger and darker. The small one was "frolicking" like a "rambunctious child," the report stated.
"There's no evidence to indicate Bigfoot exists that's scientifically credible," said
Despite rumors to the contrary, Powell is quick to point out WSU has never had samples or other physical evidence linked to Bigfoot or any other creature remotely similar. One reason the rumor persists, Powell said, is because people might be remembering the late WSU associate professor
Powell said he received the latest telephone inquiry on Bigfoot just weeks ago from someone wanting to know about the material. The person "wouldn't believe me when I said the university had no such thing," Powell said.
"We respect any production company's right to shoot television," but for one of these animals to actually exist, one would have to be "hanging on someone's wall by now. People shoot at road signs, so if it were out there, they'd have shot it," Powell said.
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