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Animal Planet TV crew searches for Bigfoot in Arkansas

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Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

FOUKE, Ark. — Bigfoot remains elusive, but a crew from the Animal Planet television show “Finding Bigfoot” is seeing what they can find in Fouke, where the legendary Fouke Monster still lives.

The television crew has been filming in the Fouke area since early January trying to find more evidence regarding the existence of Bigfoot.

Fouke was selected for the television show because the “Legend of Boggy Creek” was filmed in 1972 in Fouke and the surrounding area. The film is described as a “horror docudrama” about the Fouke Monster, a bigfoot-type creature seen in the Fouke area since the early 1900s.

Charles B. Pierce, an advertising salesman and filmmaker from Texarkana, borrowed about $100,000 to make the 90-minute film. The movie was remade and released in 1977 titled “Return to Boggy Creek.”

Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis hopes a film company will produce a sequel and film it in the area.

“If they film in the Fouke area, it would be economic development. Maybe the state of Arkansas could provide economic incentives like they're doing in Shreveport, La., with filmmaking,” Purvis said.

He said “Finding Bigfoot” will broadcast a show later this year about Fouke and the region.

“I think they've been credible sightings,” Purvis said. “A woman had a daytime sighting about a year ago and reported to us. You could tell she was scared and her voice was quivering. I think she was telling the truth.”

The television crew has been researching the legends of Bigfoot and has received reports about sightings in southwest Arkansas including Fouke, northeast Texas and southeast Oklahoma. During a recent town hall meeting to discuss the sightings, residents talked about sightings and evidence discovered near Dierks Lake, McNab, along the Red River and in swampy areas of Miller County, Ark.

A part of the research in the region has been done by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

“The overall mission of the BFRO is multifaceted, but the organization essentially seeks to resolve the mystery surrounding the Bigfoot phenomenon ... conclusive documentation of the species' existence,” according to an explanation of the show.

“So this season, the team continues to leave no stone unturned and no piece of credible evidence unexplored as it travels to new locations to investigate compelling new finds in multiple states,” the show's promotional material states.