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Blue Ridge Mountains Bigfoot

Some stories concerning Bigfoot are circulating out of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. WLOS News 13 out of N.C. is running a new story called "The Legend of Sasquatch: Hunting bigfoot right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains." It reads:

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS, N.C. (WLOS) - The Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful, wild, and vast. Some people in Western North Carolina are asking…are the mountains keeping a secret?
Jim Charneski is a BFRO Investigator, which stands for 'Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.' A couple times a year, he teaches a class on Bigfoot at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, but his main job is as an 'investigator.'  
He says every year people call the organization, which is national, saying they've seen Sasquatch. 'If you get in touch in BFRO, they will forward you information to me, or one of the investigators,' Charneski explained.
It's at that point Charneski is sent out to conduct interviews and then go to the scene of the sighting, to determine if the report is, in his words… 'credible.'
We trekked into the woods with him. 'We initially look for footprints or markings on the trail that have been made so a large animal could move through,' Charneski said, adding they perform 'tree knocks' to try to attract Bigfoot.
He says sometimes the people who report are wrong, and sometimes they're just messing with him. 'Oh yea, it happens. It's worth waiting through those to get to the credible sightings,' he said.
He knows it sounds crazy. 'Oh yea. I get a lot of strange looks,' Charneski said. He truly believes the elusive animal is real. In fact, he claims four years ago he found himself in a hairy situation along the border between North and South Carolina. 'The second night we were there, it approached our campsite, and we got a chance to watch it for five or six minutes. It was hiding behind a pine tree so i could see it from waist up,' he told News 13. There's no evidence of the encounter. 'Unfortunately, no. It was an older camera that did not take video,' he said.
The scientists and wildlife experts News 13 called didn't want to go on camera, but all agreed Sasquatch is a myth.
However, tourists on the parkway agreed with Charneski. Latrista Gray-Cruz was visiting with her husband from Florida, enjoying an afternoon of hiking. She says she thinks Charneski is telling the truth. 'I 100% think so, all things are possible. If we can fly, why not be able to see Bigfoot?' Gray-Cruz said, going on to say she would look for Bigfoot if given the opportunity.
Charneski concedes, he could be wrong. But…he says… what if he's right? 'Anything is possible. We've gotten 50,000 sightings in North America. Even if just 5% of those are true, anything is possible,' Charneski said. And maybe, Charneski and the other believers, are motivated by a hope that there's still some mystery in world. 'Sure, and it's part of what I do. It's just the fascination of the unknown,' he said.

It's not surprising that, right after saying that scientists and wildlife experts say Bigfoot is not real, the article goes to some random person and takes their word instead. How would she know Charneski is telling the truth? What does humans flying (and I really hope she meant in aircraft and not literally) have to do with the possibility of Bigfoot existing?

"Anything is possible" was said quite a few times. Yes, anything is possible, but it's not likely at all if there is no evidence for it. "We've gotten 50,000 sightings in North America," Charneski says. Okay then, but why no good videos, good physical evidence or a live or dead Sasquatch?

I would also like to know what Charneski considers "credible" when talking to a witness. Is it just that they don't seem to be lying? I'm betting a lot of times there is no physical evidence left behind (and if there is, it's probably inconclusive), so how can he consider their sighting "credible" if all he has to go on is a story?

My last thought is that it may be a problem Charneski is searching for Bigfoot as a "believer." That means he'd be out there trying to prove Bigfoot is real, when we really should all be out there trying to figure out if it is real or not.  If Bigfoot is not real, the world will be no different. If it is real, still, the world will be no different.

I'd love to hear what my readers think on all this.


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