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article imageBigfoot video from Provo Canyon as Spike TV offers $10M bounty

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 5, 2012 in Odd News
Soon after Spike TV offered $10 million for any individual or group that can provide "indisputable evidence" of the great northern Sasquatch or Bigfoot, as footage has emerged online that is being touted as a possible sighting in Provo Canyon, Utah.
The new viral video was posted by "Beard Card" on October 30 and has received over 3 million views.
According to MyFox8.com, a Utah camper "Beard Card," who does not want to reveal his real name, says he went out with his family in Provo Canyon. After they had set up camp near Squaw Peak and Little Rock Canyon, they were looking for deer when they saw something they thought was a bear.
"Beard Card" said when the black animal stood up and looked in their direction it took on a humanoid form and they all fled in fright.
Herald Extra reports "Beard Card" said: "On our way up, we thought we saw a bear, until the monster stood up and looked right at us. We ran straight to the car after that, leaving our tent and everything behind. It's probably all still up there."
He said in a phone interview with Fox: “We had actually been standing there for awhile. We had thought it was a bear up to that point but when it stood up and looked at us it was just massive animal."
The video shows a dark figure behind obscuring bush. Most viewers would agree that the figure looks like a black bear until it stands up and assumes a humanoid form. At that point the video shooter and his companions flee without shutting off their camera.
"Beard Card," who uploaded the footage to YouTube, comments: "We don't know what it was, I don't know if Bigfoot exists or not but that was a huge animal." He added: "... none of us really believe in Bigfoot but we’ve talked about it over and over again since then. It happened on Monday and all of us are positive that thing wasn't a bear."
A cryptozoologist, ParaBreakdown, has expressed the opinion that he does not feel the video was contrived. He said the reaction of the cameraman appears authentic: “Usually when we see young people involved in some kind of a hoax video, what we get is a lot of overacting... and performing in front of the camera.”
But ParaBreakdown says tongue-in-cheek that what the video shows is a "Blobsquatch."
Many viewers have been making comments and offering explanations. Many criticize "Beard Card" for not having the courage to stay and shoot a clearer video. Most viewers are frustrated that he has only added to the ever growing list of blurry images of "Bigfoot."
Herald Extra reports that Jeffery Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, and a Bigfoot researcher, says that although the video appears to show an upright creature with human-like arm, the appearance could have been created by foliage obstructing part of the body of a bear.
Meldrum said: "On first glance I really can't differentiate it from a black bear.".
However, he cautions about dismissing the snatches of evidence that Bigfoot really exists. Herald Extra reports he said: "There is merit [in the argument that the animal in the footage is a bear], but I don't think that justifies ignoring what evidence we have."
Meldrum delved into history, pointing out that early European settlers in America began reporting sightings of Bigfoot almost as soon as they arrived on the continent at the Wasatch Front. He cites a particular story that dates back to 1902 in which children in the LDS settlement of Chesterfield, Idaho claimed a sighting. He said: "Suddenly out from the tree line burst this wild man with a stick."
According to Meldrum, men from the LDS community searched for the "wild man" and found 16-inch footprints but were unable to locate the owner of the prints.
He concluded: "It's not that surprising that we have little or no fossil record of them or their predecessors.The point is you don't just walk out in the woods and see these creatures, if in fact they exist."
According to Fox News, Meldrum has spent much of his career tracking Bigfoot and he has a plan to raise $300,000 to build a remote-controlled aircraft with a thermal-imaging camera to catch an aerial footage of Sasquatch.
He told Fox News: "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; this technology provides for that."
On of the best known organizations in the hunt for Bigfoot is the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, since 1995. The group calls itself "the only scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery." It has documented hundreds of alleged Bigfoot sightings and conducted investigations.
Meanwhile, Spike TV, in partnership with Lloyd's of London, is offering a bounty of $10 million as part of its new reality television show "10 million Bigfoot Bounty," to any person or team that can first provide "indisputable evidence" to a panel of experts that Bigfoot exists.
The Daily Mail reports the producers are yet to specify exactly what "indisputable evidence" means.
The show is scheduled to make its premiere in the fall of 2013.
According to The Huffington Post, Tim Duffy, Spike TV's senior vice president of original series, said: "If this series idea had come in without that Lloyd's of London mark attached to it, I don't think we would have taken it seriously, but that's no small chunk of change... What it signified to us was an opportunity to attract the best scientists, zoologists, trackers and Bigfoot hunters in the world in an attempt to prove or disprove its existence." He added: "No one has ever done anything like this before, and that's what I love about this show. We're going to do this right, not fast, and we're not going to do it purely for entertainment purposes."
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