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Researcher Cliff Barackman: Bigfoots are real animals

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Stories have been passed down for generations about the hairy ape-like creature known as Bigfoot.

Blogs about Bigfoot sightings and photos of footprints have spread across the internet like wildfire.

The mystery of the larger-than-life creature is so popular that Animal Planet is kicking off another new season of Finding Bigfoot.

The series investigates evidence that may prove the existence of the elusive creature.

This season, investigations take the team farther across the globe and further into Sasquatch history than they've ever traveled.

CBS Atlanta's Jennifer Banks spoke to Bigfoot researcher Cliff Barackman who is a star on the show.

Barackman said he has always been fascinated with the subject of Bigfoot.

The researcher said he believes that Bigfoot is an actual species.

If you think Barackman is crazy, he doesn't care.

He said the evidence speaks for itself and data suggests Bigfoot is a North American primate.

If you want to search for a Bigfoot for yourself, Barackman suggests you head to a natural preserve or state park.

You will need to research if there have been sightings around your area.

"Look for food, water and cover," said Barackman.

You also want to look for a concentration of animals because, wherever that happens, there is more likelihood that a Bigfoot might wander through that area once in a while.

If you want to learn more about Bigfoot, on Jan. 12 and 13 the city of Dahlonega is holding the Southeast's first Bigfoot conference.

The Midnight Walkers Southeastern Bigfoot Conference will feature an interdisciplinary panel of speakers who will address Bigfoot language, field research and other topics.

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