Get to Know Your Cryptozoology Expert

Cryptid World would like to thank these experts for giving of their time and reputations to unknowingly participate in the Great Bigfoot Search of 2020. We are sorry for any hardship that might come your way. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any responsibility for the damage your career may suffer because of your participation. (And we truly hope you don’t get eaten). Please know that you were chosen to be a part of this expedition based upon polls taken on various Cryptozoological Facebook pages. Your reputation far precedes you.

Loren Coleman (July 12, 1947) is an American cryptozoologist who has written over 40 books on popular culture, animal mysteries, folklore, and cryptozoology. Coleman has carried out fieldwork throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico; consulted with Small Town Monsters in regards to Thunderbirds and the Mothman; and is the founder and owner of the Cryptozoology museum in Portland, Maine. Coleman has a master’s degree in psychiatric social work and was a consultant for the Maine Youth Suicide Program for nearly a decade. He authored several manuals and trained over 40,000 professionals and paraprofessionals statewide. Traveling with him will be as honorable as seeing Bigfoot. Congratulations.

Josh Gates graduated from Tufts University Boston with a double major in Archaeology and Drama. He is a producer and actor, known for Expedition UnknownDestination Truth (2007)Hacking the System (2014) and Ghost Nation (2019). His work and travels have taken him to more than 50 countries around the world. Just so you know, you’ll probably be filmed by his team on this excursion, so maybe pack a change of clothes and a hairbrush.

She Squatchers is the Midwest’s first all-female Bigfoot search team. Jen, Tammy, and Jena search for Bigfoot in hopes of obtaining credible evidence of Bigfoot, these ladies hope to establish contact and peaceful interaction with Bigfoot. The She Squatchers are located primarily in Minnesota and North Dakota and investigate bigfoot sightings throughout the American Midwest. You’ll have fun with these ladies even if Bigfoot decides to stay hidden.

Lyle Blackburn is a native Texan and the author of several books that reflect a life-long fascination with legends and sightings of unknown creatures. He has written about Momo, The Beast of Boggy Creek, Lizard Man, and more recently published a book called Sinister Swamps. He’s one of our favorite cryptid writers. You might also see him hanging out with the Small Town Monsters Crew as he’s hosted a few of their documentaries. We interviewed him once. You can find that here.

Bob Gimlin is half of the team who captured Bigfoot on film back in 1967. The Patterson-Gimlin film is arguably the most famous minute in Bigfoot history. A lifelong cowboy, Bob states he became interested in Bigfoot when his friend Roger Patterson talked about evidence and footprints. For the past 15 years, he has traveled across the country, attending Bigfoot conferences to talk to fans about his encounter. He might be 88, but he carries a lifetime of wisdom, and being a cowboy, he’s probably good with a rope.

Cliff Barackman has been a Bigfoot field and researcher for over two decades. For twelve seasons, he served as co-host for Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot. He now owns and operates the North American Bigfoot Center housing a Bigfoot museum and shop. If you’re lucky, he’ll bring his guitar and play some jazz around the campfire.

Jeff Meldrum has written a book called Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science that summarizes just about everything the science world knows about Sasquatch. A professor of anatomy and anthropology at the University of Idaho, Jeff takes a more serious and approach to the world of Bigfootery. He will help you understand the complexities of a Bigfoot Search.

Small Town Monsters is an independent film production company based in small town Ohio. The team explores “lost and bizarre history around the United States.” They’ve currently produced 8+ films and a few different web series. While working with them, Lyle Blackburn stated, “It’s like being with a group of guys who stole some cameras from a network and ran off to make their own film without interference or supervision; kids in a monstrous candy store!” You will be sure to get a clear picture with these guys.

Shannon LeGro is the producer and host for the podcast Into the Fray and has written two books by the same title that explore the first hand encounters others have had with the paranormal. She’s made appearances in two productions by Small Town Monsters. “She strives to bring a fresh perspective and an open mind to the most intriguing mysteries in our universe.” She will be “in the moment” with you, sharing in the experience.

David Paulides is a former police detective who is now an investigator and writer known primarily for his Missing 411 series of books, and 2017 movie in which he documents the disappearance of people in the wilds of America. Before this, he investigated and documented Bigfoot experiences on Native American reservations. Dedicated to understanding the complexity and issues of searching, rescuing, and researching people missing in the wild, David is part of CanAm Missing project. He will not allow anything bad to happen to you.

Ken Gerhard is a cryptozoologist and author of 5+ books who has frequently appeared on TV shows, including Missing in Alaska, Monster Quest, Ancient Aliens, Legend Hunters, Unexplained Files, and many others. Ken has traveled around the world searching for evidence of mysterious creatures including Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, giant winged creatures and even werewolves. He will know a Bigfoot when you see it.

James Bobo Fay served as co-host for Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot for twelve years and became a popular figure for his fun, outgoing nature. In his bio, he states he has been fascinated with Bigfoot his entire life and most of his jobs have centered around the goal of seeing a Bigfoot. He also states that as a teen, he became an avid surfer, a skill set he would eventually use to investigate reported Bigfoot sightings in remote areas of the country. So…good luck!