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Researchers Gather In Yakima For Bigfoot Convention

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 YAKIMA, WA.- The existence of Bigfoot has left people puzzled and confused for centuries, but that hasn't stopped people from searching.

On Friday researchers gathered for the weekend in Yakima to share their research on the mystery.

Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" host, Cliff Barackman drew in hundreds of people to the convention.

He travels most of the year, but says he couldn't miss an event like this one and the chance to share his research.

“I get to travel the country and the world really looking at different sasquatch habitats, speaking with witnesses, and looking at video clips and evidence and finding the similarities,” Barackman told KNDO.

Convention goers honored several local men, pioneer researchers responsible for some of the most famous documentation of Bigfoot ever recorded.

“Yakima is a very important place in Bigfoot land where I live cause Rodger Patterson and Bob Gimlin, the two guys responsible for the best Bigfoot footage ever taken, both lived here,” Barackman said.

 Patterson passed away several years ago, but Gimlin was at the conference.

Event organizer Tom Yamarone says the significance of their findings remains the best-documented footage ever found, even after years of technological advancements.

“What Patterson and Gimlin did is they documented it in photographic form and in film, and also documented it in a foot print cast and those types of measurements they found you won't see on YouTube,” Yamarone said.

The convention wrapped up on Sunday around four, but the Bigfoot exhibit will be staying in Yakima until December 27th.

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