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Survivorman Bigfoot



During the making of Survivorman Alaska in 2009, SURVIVORMAN LES STROUD experienced his first possible Bigfoot encounter.


“The strangest thing happened…I was making my grass matt and all of a sudden a deep and very loud grunting noise about fifty yards away brought me to my feet and put the hairs up on the back of my neck. It repeated five times and I have to say it sounded…just like a large gorilla…”

Les acknowledged the experience, but didn’t speak publicly about it until February 2011. In an interview with 93.3 KZOZ, hosts Jeff and Jeremy In The Morning asked if Les had ever had a Bigfoot encounter. Les unexpectedly opened up about his Alaskan encounter. “It sounded like a big ape, that’s all I can tell ya’. The interview has been viewed over 250,000 times since.

This interview sparked thousands of Les Stroud fans from around the world to weigh in on the Bigfoot debate. Fans described their own Sasquatch encounters via email, letters and social media and demanded Les secure proof.

Overwhelmed by the response, Les has decided to uncover the truth. Joined by Bigfoot expert TODD STANDING, Les travels to two remote Bigfoot hot spots to debunk the myths that surround Bigfoot phenomena. TODD STANDING literally made international headlines with his incredible video footage and physical evidence of Bigfoot. Dozens of major networks and production companies have attempted to negotiate agreements with him. From the beginning, he has maintained his work is repeatable with the statement, “Don’t take my word for it, come with me and I will show you first-hand the reality of this species.”

For expeditions to yield any success, the search must be made by the most elite of wilderness experts who have the experience to film in the extreme conditions one can expect from the most remote locations.

Of the 7 billion people on the planet, only LES STROUD fits the criteria.


SURVIVORMAN BIGFOOT is a 2-part special airing on Travel & Escape Channel Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 10PM EST and Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 10PM EST. Discovery Channel US and Science Channel US have yet to release airdates. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Al on May 20, 2014

    I would love for the apples to have game cameras watching them. Then we could see the racoonsquatches take them away. My guess is the Survivorman crew was “encouraged” to make this to enhance Discovery Channel’s lead into Monster week.

  • Dave Hawke on May 22, 2014

    Hey I commented on this before and I believe I have found a small tree structure just west of Rocky mountain house on the other side off the ccs landfill on hiway 11and that’s where the tree breaks start to pointing towards the hiway and these tree breaks go all the way to nordegg alberta although I haven’t seen anything out there

  • Lou on May 24, 2014

    Mountain monster show guys and Les need to get together and collaborate. Mountain Monsters is the best show on TV related to Squatch hunting.

  • Adam on May 24, 2014

    Here’s my problem with this, If and when we do bring back scientific proof of their existence, every nut job with a gun is going to hunt them down to sell. I say we have people like Les Stroud go out find proof by simple tranquilizing one and talking photos and blood samples. When this is done we’ll have our proof, next put them on the endangered species list and make it highly illegal to kill or harm them.

    In the episodes its said they found (not Les team) but hair of an “unknown primate” was found on top of that the scientific community has given it a scientific species name. Isn’t this some level of proof the exist?

  • brian h on May 24, 2014

    Why is survivorman-bigfoot only a 2 part special Iwould really like to see this show have many more episodes Iwas very disipointed to find out there was only two episodes It peaked my interest and would really like to see what les could uncover about big foot Iloved the show

  • charles drummond on May 27, 2014

    I am a Survivorman follower as well as a Bigfoot enthusiast. I saw the 2 episodes and agree with others, there needs to be MORE, please. Also I was able to view the first episode on my computer and am curious about the possible Bigfoot in the morning after shot. I read another bloggers
    comment / question “am I the only one who saw…?” and found what she was talking about. I think it may have been Todd looking for tracks and evidence from the night before but I’m curious too.I think they are real. Please keep going and document it Les. The credibility of your findings will be irrefutable.

  • charlie d on May 29, 2014

    Do you have any conclusions as to the existence of Bigfoot. When is your next airing of another episode of Survivorman/ Bigfoot in USA? I loved the first 2.

  • Don Van Horne on May 30, 2014

    Longtime fan, I have seen every show you have done. My question is why not continue to shoot these episodes until you get a definite answer? I believe if anyone can, its you brother.Keep you the great work and God Bless.

  • Don Van Horne on May 30, 2014

    Longtime fan, I have seen every show you have ever done. My question is why not continue to shoot these episodes until you get a definitive answer? I believe if anyone can, its you brother. Keep you the great work and God Bless.

  • Robert LeGrandpoobah on May 31, 2014

    Back to basics again. Fact # 1. When in bear country do not feed the bears. It is well known that bears tend to associate food with humans when people leave food out in their campsites, how much less when they hang apples all over trees. I don’t believe this is unknown to Les.
    Check out the Get Bear Smart Society or other resources to learn proper front and backcountry camping behavior and etiquette.I noticed that Todd caries a handgun, why not use it when your all alone, fearing for your life, while under attack by several Bigfoot (the road flare scene).
    Could the so-called tepee like structures be made by Indians or trappers who in the past hunted in the area? The bent trees could be trap or trail markers. Bending/breaking branches is a good way of trail marking.

  • Susan on May 31, 2014

    I have been watching Les’ Survivorman series since it began. I was so excited to see the Bigfoot episodes because if anyone has seen evidence, I would think Les has since he is hiking and camping as a life choice. These creatures have been documented by man throughout history, and must be protected! Please continue your study so proof can be obtained and they can be placed on the protected list. Man has caused untold number of species to become extinct through greed and stupidity. Are we going to allow these creatures to be added to the list? Les – please continue searching! If anyone can provide mankind with proof, I would think you could.

  • slaptheiman on May 31, 2014

    I agree, would love more of Les Stroud looking for Bigfoot, the 2 part show was excellent. For my family, Bigfoot is real, we have had at least one around our rural Ohio home since the late l990’s off and on, usually in the winter time.

  • Bryant on June 1, 2014

    I kind of agree with a previous comment. If apples are placed and it’s a common occurrence for them to be taken, then another expedition needs to be set out with Flir or Infrared Cameras running over night in these hot spots. If a small creature climbs up to get it or a possible sasquatch does, we’ll have definite video evidence of the creature. I’d also like to say, love the show Les keep it up.

  • Phil on June 1, 2014

    More episodes, Les.

  • Josh on June 1, 2014

    1. Les needs more… more ventures to the area for sure
    2. If this creatures nocturnal… its probably not too smart to shine beams of infrared light around for night vision cameras… it’ll probably shy away since it can probably see it… granted night-vision is necessary but limiting the use n switching to thermal might prove better… use the thermal to get a distance n location and THEN switch on the infrared high beams for a good vid
    3. what about getting some dogs up there to catch a scent n track the creature… what if these creatures hide during the day for the most part … speaking of which… nobody checks into the trees or looks for caves or checks for large piles of brush/branches/nests on a routine basis

    im sure others have thought of these things but it bares repeating

  • Jeff Dow on June 2, 2014

    I like this show compared to the others who have no clue how to get close to the bigfoot. My suggestion would be to keep doing what you are but ad a drone with night vision at a base camp which can spot them from above and let you know what direction they are moving and pin them down. They should also be listed as endangered when found so they will not be hunted. Jeff

  • Drew on June 2, 2014

    Todd Standing has two BF facial shots…1 more human and 1 more ape-like. So does he imply there are 2 species roaming? Seems kind of
    contradictory to me.

    Still love the show…and Les don’t make it obnoxious (like other shows do) and bring infra-reds, dogs, choppers, skirmish lines, etc….keep it natural and let ‘rm breathe….

  • Bob on June 2, 2014

    Did anyone else compare the night vision image of Todd to the supposed close-up of the big-foot (first episode)? The face structure is a perfect match. Todd is hoaxing.

    I’m not buying Todd one bit. Les, needs to be very skeptical of this guy…

  • Dave Florek on June 5, 2014

    I enjoy all of Les’ shows,he is a credible source of info. I have hunted the very remote high country of several mountain states over the last 20 yrs and finally had something happen I could not explain. I was Elk hunting in Idaho about 30 miles from Elk City just outside the Selway Bitteroot Wilderness in Oct of 2009. 6 of us were in a Drop Camp near Elk Lake and on the 3rd night I was awakened at about 2:30 AM by a series of rhythmic “knocks” that lasted about 30 seconds. Very loud and close to our camp, when I yelled to the other guys in the tent to awaken them it stopped. I sounded like someone was hitting two very hard wooden bats together. The next night one of the other hunters heard the same thing but I slept through it. He described exactly what I heard. I told the guides about it and they just shook their heads. I have heard of other accounts of “wood knocking” being heard in possible bigfoot contacts. One day one of us came back to the tent ill with heat issues and took a nap at midday, he awakened to a putrid smell unlike anything he ever experienced and it was gone in a few minutes. Les….head to Idaho.

  • mark on June 6, 2014

    I have personally had 2 experiences with bigfoot in Colorado. First time my girlfriend and I 4×4 out a long trail in the middle of the night to have a little fun. All of a sudden all these sticks started hitting my truck. Talk about Baja 500 out of there. 2nd time was remote camping, no where next to anybody. Sticks started hitting my tent. We were scared shitless but I felt a little comfortable knowing I had a 30.06. We made a giant fire and stayed up all night on opposite sides of the fire watching each other’s back. She will never go in the woods again.

  • sam stout on June 6, 2014

    In your first episode you guys recorded two large figures crossing the path opposite directions of each other right after split screen right behind his head and as soon as he says “discovering what that means” it happens really fast one is darker than the other.

  • mark on June 6, 2014

    Don’t want to sound like a kook but have seen some really weird stuff in San Louis valley at 10500 feet elevation that my brother or myself can’t explain. Triangle light formations 26 miles up a trail hunting elk. No booze involved.

  • Big Foot Terrorist! on June 6, 2014

    Les you have great show and I have enjoyed them for years. I was looking forward to your BigFoot show, but disappointing that you were not better prepared. All the Big Foot footage was not yours and I mostly trust your actual footage. Why not bring more IR cameras, and post them by the apples, and around the campsite, with IR LED lights, clear dirt for tracks, better sound devices out around the areas. Also night vision goggles/ camera and get away from the campfire, maybe a tree perch.

    How about a quiet drone or balloon with a IR cameras and sound devices with directional triangulation. Scan the entire area for heat signatures, and point to the origination of sounds. Or military drone to scan the entire area and zoom in with IR cameras. Send in a C130 gunship do some real hunting! Treat them as if looking for terrorist !

    I honestly think that all these shows simply show scared people with no proof (Blair Witch Project).

  • Heath on June 7, 2014

    Hello Les – it’s obvious you have the support and demand to expand on the bigfoot related show. Your approach was more realistic plus bringing on Todd Standing helped validate the seriousness of what you were doing. The Finding Bigfoot show is silly and they are lazy; not putting in the effort needed to hike deep into the forest where bigfoot can be found. What happened the night you guys stayed on top the mountain? The show left everyone hanging and wondering…

  • Shannon on June 7, 2014

    Thank you for pursuing this in a skeptical yet open-minded manner. Clearly there is something going on that needs to be investigated in a responsible, logical, and transparent manner. I don’t believe shows that send a bunch of Bumbles into the woods simply to declare everything is Bigfoot, thus securing ratings, will help anyone discover the truth. I would love to see more efforts like yours.

  • Adam on June 8, 2014

    I’ve watched both episodes and I notice that all this evidence is missing something very obvious: if it eats, it poops. Why is there not a signal sign of extremely large, human-like piles of excrement in this area?

  • mark on June 9, 2014

    Why did this episode have the “shaky” cam effect? As if it was being streamed “live”. The other episodes didn’t have this.

  • Eddie on June 10, 2014

    Are there more episodes to come for Survivorman bigfoot? … I loved the two episodes…. any more coming?

  • Mike on June 11, 2014

    Is there more shows coming, the last one left us hanging/

  • Steve on June 12, 2014

    Are you kidding me. 2 episodes!!!! Where’s the rest of it????
    Les, get out there and finish the story!

  • Joseph Gassner on June 13, 2014

    What can I say but they do exist and I have seen one once. It was amazing! Protect the species and preserve them.

  • Owen on June 15, 2014

    Did we all watch the same show? These episodes didn’t prove anything. I did find them very interesting but I just feel that more proof needs to be shown. Why didn’t they have cameras on the trees to see who or what was taking the apples at night?

  • Justin Citron on June 16, 2014

    The video of the creatures face seems very unnatural in movement. The entire brow shifts downward when it blinks. Where have you ever seen that naturally? The only thing that seems familiar to me with those movments is animatronics… It never even makes eye contact with the camera. Strange…

  • tad on June 17, 2014

    Yes, these 2 shows by Les (survivorman) have been the best of the Bigfoot programs out!
    Besides the one show on Science channel?? , that put the original bigfoot video/ by(patterson or peterson?) When they used a computer animated bone structure to emulate bigfoots walking pattern,in related to a humans!
    I agree that Les should do some more bigfoot prospecting! But It did look like Todd (Cracked his knuckle during the campfire scene to make it sound like it was a knock) little suspect! lol

  • John on June 18, 2014

    Enjoyed the show, hope to see more! Of all the tv personalities that have done or could host this kind of search, Les is the perfect match up!

  • rob dekorne on June 18, 2014

    Love your show Les, am a life long outdoorsman who spends more time in the woods than anyone I know. My self I have had 2 encounters one in my home state of Michigan and one in Arkansas both of them 30 years,ago or so. Would like to see you go all out I’m sure you have the finances for trail cams and flir and you have night vision. so come on do it I know they exist you have the resources to prove it.Survivor Man

  • mike twaddle on June 18, 2014


    You are the best man for this research, thank you for your time and more documented work would be so spectacular! I agree with some kind of surveillance set with the apple idea might produce. Or lay down flour or other similar type powder and observe tracks the next day if cameras don’t produce or are too invasive.

  • Matthew Onusz on June 18, 2014

    Great 2 Parter! Yes left me hanging. I have been watching you Les right from the start and these people are right. You are the most trusted person in cases like these! YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL LES!!! we need more Bigfoot episodes. Do a 10 to 14 day stay up there. I do believe a Primate could live in those conditions.


  • Michael joseph on June 20, 2014

    I Would love to see a new show that consists bobo and cliff, Les and todd, and finally jeffrey meldrum and the dr scienctist guy from rusha to make a show that has one big crew but 2 ppl go do calls wood knocks and what ever else. while others are in a molbile lab so youd have a safe zone. just some thought

  • Robert Calderone on June 20, 2014

    More Bigfoot episodes, please.I would love to see an expert look at the video. Very interesting episode. Maybe the best Bigfoot material I have seen on television.

  • robert on July 1, 2014

    Alright Les, were is the conclusion, the next day….Something must have happened, give us a hint….more to come?

  • Doug on July 3, 2014

    Make more! I loved the two episodes but WTF, 2 episodes? HUGE Les fan (obviously I forgive him for being Canadian) but we want more!

  • Mark on July 5, 2014

    Dear Les,
    My wife and I have been fans of yours for many years. We respect your integrity and credibility. The two of us have always enjoyed a friendly rivaly of sorts, with me being the believer, and her the die hard sceptic. You came closer to finding the truth in two hours than others have done in their entire “careers”. You have truly piqued our intereset and nearly made my wife a believer. PLEASE CONTINUE!!!

  • jim weaver on July 14, 2014

    I was wondering why we didn’t hear anything about the smell.
    Many years back near Mt Saint Helen’s, I was camped with my wife, son, and daughter. My wife and son were asleep and my daughter and I were up talking, we heard something in the trees then were hit by the most God awful smell. I started making a lot of noise, and whatever it was we heard it run off back into the woods but did not go looking for it.

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