Les Stroud is apparently in discussions with Discovery Channel to film a Bigfoot edition of Survivorman. Stroud detailed his interest and possible Sasquatch encounters on Joe Rogan’s podcast recently, dangling the carrot in front of many Bigfoot nerds. Perhaps the only way to find a species that only might exist is to send one man into the wilderness, with no camera crews or eyewitness accounts. Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot follows four researchers into the wild, but they are followed by an entourage of camera operators and producers. I don’t consider myself to be an elusive, intelligent primate (wait…), but even I wouldn’t go near that many people in the woods if I was after a peaceful camping experience. Maybe I wouldn’t notice Les, and maybe a sasquatch wouldn’t either.
If it comes to fruition, Stroud’s Bigfoot adventure will certainly give the genre a different look. Just like Survivorman, it will be closer to reality than Reality TV. It’s just him out there, with his camera equipment and survival gear, this time on the trail of an elusive (possibly fictional) primate species. Whether he finds Bigfoot or not, you get the feeling Les Stroud will be proud of the way he searched. In his interview with Joe Rogan, he poked fun at Finding Bigfoot, saying the title was rather ironic since they never find anything. That statement alone sums up the general interest in Bigfoot. You can’t help but be cynical, yet many can’t look away from programs like Finding Bigfoot (even if they’re corny at times). Proof: Stroud jokes about the comment made in Finding Bigfoot’s opening credits by BFRO Founder Matt Moneymaker: “I’ve been tracking sasquatches for 25 years…” So, you have watched the show then, Les. Either way, I’m refreshing internet searches and Twitter feeds daily to see if we’ll actually get Survivorman: Bigfoot.
See Les Stroud share one of his unexplained encounters on a special episode of Survivorman, detailing his “Top 10″:
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