Discovering the Truth Behind Bigfoot: A presentation by Mike Familant

Published 9:55 am Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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On Thursday, Mar. 7at 5:30 p.m., the Greenville Butler County Public Library will host a captivating presentation by Mike Familant, a renowned Bigfoot investigator and YouTube personality. Familant will share his experiences and insights gained from over 13 years of researching and tracking down North America’s most iconic cryptid. Whether people know it as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Grassman, Skunk Ape, or Big Red Eye, Familant has likely ventured into the wilderness in pursuit of the elusive creature.

“In 2011, I had my first Bigfoot encounter while I was camping in Florida,” Familant recounted. “From there, my buddy and I started doing our own investigations, and that turned into full-time cryptozoology.”

Cryptozoology, a pseudoscience that studies and searches for extinct, unknown, or legendary creatures whose existence is unsubstantiated, has become Familant’s passion and profession. He is the full-time lead investigator and producer of the show “In the Shadow of Big Red Eye,” where he showcases evidence and experiences from his extensive journey.

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“You don’t do this for the money; it’s a passion. We just went to a horror conference, and I think we made our gas money back,” Familant remarked. “But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve met so many great people along the way.”

During the presentation, Familant will present compelling evidence collected by his team, spanning from the Florida Swamps to the North Country of Maine. He will also share some of the challenges and encounters that come with Bigfooting. 

The event will include a Q&A session, giving attendees the opportunity to engage with Familant directly. Additionally, he will be available for photographs and autographs, and light refreshments will be served.

Familant remains optimistic about the future of Bigfoot research, citing advancements in technology and its increased availability as promising signs. “We’ve found footprints, had rocks thrown, and recorded grunting sounds. We’ve even recorded audio that was analyzed and came back as outside the human vocal range,” Familant shared. “I always send any evidence to the experts.”

For those eager to delve deeper into the world of Bigfoot research, Mike’s YouTube channel, “Sussex County Bigfoot,” offers a wealth of content, including his docuseries “Squatchables” on how to get into Bigfooting. Followers can also stay updated on the team’s expeditions and newest evidence by following their Facebook page, “In the Shadow of Big Red Eye.”

Kevin Pearcey, Director of the Butler County Public Library, expressed his excitement for the program, recalling his own childhood fascination with Bigfoot. “The south is a big Bigfoot area, with Evergreen being the Bigfoot capital of Alabama,” Pearcey said. “When I grew up, everyone was always looking for Bigfoot.”

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the world of Bigfoot research with Mike Familant March 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenville Butler County Public Library.