The Salisbury Post has reported that more than 300 people, including 10 staff members of the Animal Planet cable-TV channel met at the Eldorado Outpost in North Carolina to search for signs of a mysterious man-beast creature on February 12th, 2011.
“Five years ago, I joined the Bigfoot Field Research Organization. I was just tired of doing this myself, a little discouraged, and had no one to talk to and share my hobby.”
Greene’s interest in Bigfoot began when was working toward a master’s in behavioral psychology. He wrote a thesis on group hysteria, and one of the subjects he studied was BIGFOOT.He came to believe that Bigfoot was possibly a real entity, so the reading and investigation began.
Greene, a lifelong public servant who worked in several government agencies, convinced the Animal Planet crew to stop in the Troy area on their way to filming a series on Bigfoot sightings. The film crew will continue on to Florida, Georgia, Oregon and Washington state. A six-show series is planned to air on Animal Planet this fall.
North Carolina is a hotbed for sightings, according to BFRO investigators who attended the event. On Saturday, Bigfoot enthusiasts began to arrive about midday. Most came by car or truck, but there were horses and four-wheelers, too. Even a helicopter, arranged by the Animal Planet crew, flew over the activities.
While some see the hunt as pure entertainment, the BFRO researchers say the subject is no longer the stuff of fantasy. BFRO now boasts scientists and university researchers.
Greene, who usually doesn’t allow anyone to accompany him on the hunt, claims that he was impreesed by the Animal Planet crew’s vigor, but that after recuperating for a week or so he plans to return to solitary searches:
“I have had very little sleep for a week. The Animal Planet crew stayed out all week till nearly 5 a.m.”
Hair samples were found during the investigation and the Animal Planet crew saved them for analysis.