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Team Arrives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Begin Bigfoot Search

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A still from the famed Patterson-Gimlin film of 1967, which purports to show a Bigfoot walking near woods in Bluff Creek, Calif.AP

Researchers hot on the trail of the fabled creature "Bigfoot" have arrived in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

About a dozen members of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization will be in the woods of Marquette County this week, with more extensive exploration planned for the weekend.

They plan to meet with witnesses Thursday near the Gitche Gumee Campground.

The members have brought with them high-tech gear like night vision goggles, thermal imaging cameras and digital audio recorders.

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Search organizer Matt Moneymaker says The public can help in the search for "Sasquatch" by sharing the stories of their possible encounters, said Matthew Moneymaker, the search organizer.

Most experts consider the Bigfoot legend to be a combination of folklore and hoaxes, but some authors and researchers think the stories could be true.

In all but three of 30 expeditions in the United States and Canada, BFRO investigators claim to have either glimpsed Bigfoot or got close enough to hear the creature, Moneymaker said.

Dr. Grover Krantz, a scientist specializing in cryptozoology, believes Bigfoot is a "gigantopithecus," a branch of primitive man believed to have existed 3 million years ago.

But mainstream scientists tend to dismiss the study as pseudoscience because of unreliable eyewitness accounts and a lack of solid physical evidence.