Animal Planet heads to Four Corners in search of Bigfoot

Animal Planet is searching for Bigfoot in the Four Corners this week and may shoot more than one episode in the area, according to the Four Corners Film office.

On the Finding Bigfoot website, the show promises to “investigate compelling new finds in multiple states” including Arizona and Colorado.

The Animal Planet preproduction crew came to area Nov. 23, and the production crew arrived two weeks later, the coordinator for the film office, Lisa Schwantes, said.

The production team of about 25 people requested a stage coach from the office and may have used them to re-enact some area legends, she said. They were also looking to shoot a town hall scene, and she suggested Mancos and Silverton.

Last week, the crew shot aerial footage, and this week they planned on shooting in the Four Corners Monument area, she said. They planned to be in area for about two weeks, she said.

The Animal Planet crew initially called the Durango Chamber of Commerce to decide whether they wanted to stay in Durango or Farmington. The chamber immediately put them in touch with Schwantes, who brought them to the area. The film office in Durango was created two years ago specifically for this purpose.

“Our office wants to help attract productions, be a liaison to the services and attract that economic impact,” she said.

Schwantes said the show may attract tourists – most likely, Bigfoot believers investigating local legends featured on the show.

“There's just some intrigue and mystic to that whole legend,” she said.

Animal Planet wouldn't comment until an episode airs.