Over the weekend country radio station Q106.5 FM made a blog post saying that Matt Moneymaker, one of the lead cast members of the Animal Planet TV show “Finding Bigfoot,” had posted a message on Craigslist looking for Mainers in the Richmond area who may have spotted Bigfoot. They did not link to the Craigslist post, but I found the listing on my own, through the magic of Google.
My esteemed colleague Seth Koenig, our Portland reporter, passed along Moneymaker’s contact info, so I gave the Bigfoot searcher a ring, and asked him if he was, in fact, planning to bring his TV show to Maine and host a “Bigfoot and Beer” town hall, looking for those who may have encountered the hairy man-beast. Moneymaker very kindly said that no, “Finding Bigfoot” had no plans to come to Maine, and that the Craigslist post is a hoax. He had no idea who actually posted it, but he assured me that right now, they will not be filming an episode in Maine.
He also said it’s not the first time someone has gone on Craigslist and claimed to be him, looking for Bigfoot spotters.
“Oh yeah, it’s happened in lots of places,” said Moneymaker, who has now filmed four seasons of his Animal Planet program. “I don’t think it’s the same person each time, but I feel bad if people reply to these Craigslist posts thinking they’re talking to me, and it’s really just some stranger.”