I never realized there was a Bigfoot native to Ohio. Unfortunately, this episode of MonsterQuest only raised more questions than it answered.
For example, we are shown a plaster cast of the top half of a primate's hand, and told that a hunter found the print in southern Ohio. And that's all we're told.
Did the hunter just find the one print? Weren't there others? Did he track an animal, and this is the best print he found? Where was the print ostensibly left - sand, mud, what? Because the plaster print has pretty remarkable resolution on the fingerprints, and I'm wondering what you'd have to step in to leave fingerprints so clear that they could be picked up with a plaster cast. Speaking of which, do hunters in southern Ohio customarily go hunting with plaster kits?
Regarding the cast itself, it's suspiciously broken right below the palm crease. And note the relaxed posture of the hand itself - it's not spread, as if the gorilla was taking a step. It's partially curved, as it would be in death. Pretty sure this is the cast of some dude's grandfather's novelty gorilla hand cane or whatever.
Moving on, we come to Joedy Cook of the Ohio Center for Bigfoot Studies. Cook found a giant shelter nest, which he attributes to the Grassman. He says that it couldn't have been made by children, based on the amount of time and effort it would have taken. But what about a group of bored 8 to 12 year old kids over a summer? Or a group of hunters building a blind for the fall? And did Cook check inside for hair? Could a Sasquatch build and use a whole entire nest without leaving a single hair behind? Or prints? Anything?
Oh god, the questions, they pile up so fast!
While frustrating, this episode does have some really great and hilarious sequences. Classic MonsterQuest stuff, like when the researchers tap a local RC helicopter salesman to outfit one of his RC helicopters with a thermal cam and fly it around at night looking for heat signatures. A plan which is both hilariously zany and admirably inventive. Particularly when they kit up the helicopter with glow stick rave rope, so that they can "maintain the helicopter's orientation in flight." Sadly, the helicopter can only fly for about 10 minutes at a time, and apparently the guys didn't think to bring extra batteries. So that's a quick investigation.
They do spot a heat signature, but for reasons unknown, they fail to follow up and track it down. I mean, it's probably just a deer, but where's your sense of follow-through? If you're not going to follow up on the thermal cam hits, why bother using one?
I haven't even gotten to the part about the Bigfoot decoy. But I will say that if I either spotted a Bigfoot decoy in the woods or heard a Bigfoot researcher making Bigfoot calls in the middle of the night… I would think it was Bigfoot.
I wonder if all of these Bigfoot researchers are just continually spotting each other?