There’s quite a bit of controversy over the show, which includes mis-used (or re-used) footage, fake sounds when real ones were reportedly heard (but not recorded), production shenanigans, and all kinds of buffoonery (mostly from Matt Moneymaker, the so-called “leader”). It’s all a giant mess where quite a few people are pointing their fingers at each other, and where Discovery/Animal Planet looks extremely bad (wow this sounds really familiar).
The sheer number of crazy assumptions that pass on as solid truths is simply incredible. Bigfeet typically call out to one another in a variety of screeching howls which Matt says “frequently” leads to them approaching the other. It’s “well known” that Bigfeet (or “squatches” as they bastardize the Indian term) knock on trees several times to announce themselves or talk to one another or… something. Bigfeet like peanut butter. Bigfeet all act exactly the same despite the fact they may be in wildly different environments spanning from the jungles of Florida to the Pacific Northwest. Bigfeet should appear as all one solid color in thermal imaging or when seen visually (which seems to be a recurring argument in one way or another every episode, but for different reasons). Encounters with Bigfoot happen more often when it rain/snows because they can sneak around better, which makes sense, but claiming that Bigfoot calls carry better is ridiculous since precipitation, especially snow, tends to deaden sound, not let it carry. Matt is a freakin’ moron of epic proportions, proclaiming extensive field knowledge overrules everything else, making various “scientific discoveries” about Bigfoot no one else knew, and in one classic instance goes running after what could have been a Bigfoot on a ridge (in a highly mis-edited sequence) at night in the dark. Yeah. Great idea.
The team is buoyed by a voice of reason, a skeptical scientist named Renae, who always has some great points. Matt berates her in the previously mentioned episode, and the actual Bigfooters (or BFRO members) always seem to mold a new understanding of evidence to fit their theories. At one point they re-create a video showing a Bigfoot crawling up to a stump to steal a candy bar (or whatever) that was made by someone the BFRO members knew well and were sure he wouldn’t fake the footage. Renae correctly points out that the person who represented the Bigfoot in the footage obviously had the same size and shape as the footage, meaning it was about 6 foot tall or so, way too small for a bigfoot. “That means it’s probably a juvenile,” says one team guy (Cliff). Both Bobo (the guy imitating Bigfoot) and the supposed Bigfoot in the previous footage both appear as one solid color, so the thermal imaging is apparently not calibrated correctly for the temperature. As Renae doubts the thing is a Bigfoot, the others basically overrule her stating that the photographer is impeccable. That’s besides the point–the footage could easily be a hoax and the photographer would have no idea.
The best part about them going to these places and gathering evidence is that they go there seemingly for a few days, find great “evidence” (the last one in Oregon with the Bigfoot calls is probably the best they could come up with), then leave. Wouldn’t you want to stay for like weeks or something? I mean, you had “CLEAR EVIDENCE” that Bigfoot was there, why not stay and study it? Why go to Bumfuck, Georgia when you know you have something solid?
Matt is also claiming that despite their huge issues with the production team that they were the #1 rated show on Animal Planet and that they were just about to head back to Oregon to start filming a second season. This is despite the fact that the show is nowhere near #1 (the ratings are terrible) and AP won’t confirm anything about a second season.