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Bigfoot hunt after thermal video shows 7-ft creature in N. Mexico

Posted May 17, 2013 by JohnThomas Didymus
A thermal image video of what appears a 7-foot creature lurking in the woods of Valles Caldera, an enormous volcanic crater in the Jemez mountains in northern New Mexico, is drawing the attention of Bigfoot hunters.
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A team of Bigfoot hunters say they may have stumbled on evidence of the elusive Bigfoot in an area best known for its elk herds. The team of hunters says the area is potentially an ideal habitat for the legendary Bigfoot.
Members of the group Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) are hunting for Bigfoot in the Jemez Mountains after seeing a thermal video taken by a group of high school students in 2011. The video, which appears to show a 7-foot creature, is being touted as possibly the first scientific evidence of the existence of the mythical creature.
The Daily Mail reports that the students who took the thermal video said they were doing a project in remote woods when they recorded thermal images of a creature walking along a ridge line. The students said they were not aware of campers or a hiking trail in the area when they shot the video.
According to the BFRO hunters, a close up of the video appears to show an upright figure about 7 feet tall. The Bigfoot hunters say the creature appears slightly hunched forward with one foot moving before the other. The students said the creature was about 140 yards ahead when they filmed it.
The students also reportedly discovered a large footprint in the snow where the video was taken. The footprint, according to the Daily Mail, showed five toes on a roughly rectangular print. But BFRO researchers say they have reservations about its authenticity.
To check the authenticity of the video, the team had a 6-foot-2-inch member named Bobo stand in the area where the film was shot and took a thermal image video of him. The team then compared the images with those of the suspected Bigfoot and found that Bobo's image was much smaller than the creature in the "Bigfoot" video.
The Daily Mail reports that Cliff Barackman, BFRO Evidence Analyst, commenting on the result, said on the Animal Planet TV program Finding Bigfoot: "It's not extremely compelling, there are some funny things about it, but at the same time the footage at least looks like it might possibly be real."
However, one of the field biologists involved the search has raised questions about the circumstances of the filming. Ranae Holland said: "It's three high school kids out doing a field study for some class and they see something up on the hill and they happen to have a camera with them and they record it. That raises red flags for me."
However, the members feel that although high schoolers were more likely to prank, they were least likely to get away with faking the technical details.
The BFRO team is also taking into account, as part of its investigation of the video, stories told by Jemez Spring residents that are possible Bigfoot sightings in the area.
A woman recounted during a townhall meeting: "I woke up in the middle of the night, went to get out of the bed. My window faces this way, and there was something in my window. It didn't have a neck at all."
This is not the first time that a hunter has claimed evidence of Bigfoot in the area. According to KRQE, in 2008, one of its news reporters accompanied Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi, who was looking for signs of the creature in the area. However, the problem with Biscardi is that he has been associated with Bigfoot hoaxes in the past. In 2008, he and another notorious Bigfoot hunter Rick Dyer, said at a news conference that they had found the body of a Bigfoot. But they never produced the body.
But BFRO credits itself a scientific research organization, the only one involved in the search for the legendary Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
Skepticism about Bigfoot is widespread. According to KRQE, Ben Radford, managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, said Bigfoot theory is unconvincing. He said: "If the creatures are out there they have to die somewhere why hasn't anyone found them?"
Many skeptics say it is impossible that there is a small self-sustaining population of 7-foot creatures on the North American continent that has been able to elude professional biologists for so long.