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Researchers heading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to look for signs of Bigfoot

6/27/2007

MANISTIQUE, Mich. — Researchers will visit the Upper
Peninsula next month to search for evidence of the legendary
creature known as "Bigfoot'' or "Sasquatch.''

The expedition will center in eastern Marquette County, said
Matthew Moneymaker of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

"We'll be looking for evidence supporting a presence. … We
hope to meet local people who might have seen a Sasquatch or heard
of someone else who had an encounter,'' Moneymaker told the Daily
Press
of Escanaba.

Most experts consider the Bigfoot legend to be a combination of
folklore and hoaxes, but some authors and researchers think the
stories could be true.

In all but three of 30 expeditions in the United States and
Canada, BFRO investigators have either glimpsed Bigfoot or gotten
close enough to hear the creature, Moneymaker said.

Dr. Grover Krantz, a scientist specializing in cryptozoology,
believes Bigfoot is a "gigantopithecus,'' a branch of primitive
man believed to have existed 3 million years ago.

But mainstream scientists tend to dismiss the study as
pseudoscience because of unreliable eyewitness accounts and a lack
of solid physical evidence.