Mountain Monsters is an American reality television show about cryptozoology that was the first broadcast on Destination America on 22 June 2013. In addition, the series follows the Unexplained Sightings Appalachian Investigators (A.I.M.S.) team, a band of six West Virginian native hunters and trappers, as they investigate and monitor unidentified creatures in the Appalachian Mountains. Likewise, the show aired on Destination America for five seasons, from 2013 through 2017. They announced after a two-year hiatus on 15 July 2019 that the show will renew for a sixth season and will switch to Travel Channel. Similarly, on 21 August 2019, the new season premiered.
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Mountain Monsters: Premise
The A.I.M.S. team is a self-styled research team in cryptozoology. West Virginians John “Trapper” Tice, Jeff Headlee, and Willy McQuillian found the team. Its intent is to demonstrate the presence of supernatural creatures like Bigfoot, Werewolf, Hellhound, Lizard Man, and Mothman. Usually, the episodes begin with Trapper, Jeff, Huckleberry, and Buck discussing the particular creature they are hunting on their way. We then encounter eyewitnesses who have seen the creature, giving the team an idea of where to perform an initial night inquiry to find proof of the creature in the area.
After their initial night hunt has been completed, Willy and Wild Bill begin work on a trap to catch the creature whilst the rest of the team is looking for further evidence, meeting with additional eyewitnesses who usually have creature visual, video or audio evidence. The team begins the final night-hunt after checking the completed trap.
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Mountain Monsters: Team Members
A.I.M.S team members include John “Trapper” Tice, Founder of AIMS who passed away on December 16, 2019, Jacob “Buck” Lowe, Expert caller, Joseph “Huckleberry” Lott, Security, Jeff Headlee, Researcher, Willy McQuillian, Trap builder, William “Wild Bill” Neff, Expert tracker.
Caption: Mountain Monsters cast
Mountain Monsters: Feud
On 5 April 2015, Discovering Bigfoot’s Matt Moneymaker tweeted. Additionally, the tweet reported that Mountain Monsters were planning about the A.I.M.S. squad actors. This prompted John Tice to respond directly to “Trapper” and refer to Moneymaker’s show as “Losing Bigfoot”. The online dispute continued with Finding Bigfoot castmember Cliff Barackman chiming. Likewise, the discussion stated that the show is “fiction”. Besides, the official Finding Bigfoot Twitter account called Mountain Monsters a “fake-hoax” show. The statement happened with respect to the April 2017 return to the series. The official A.I.M.S. Brasil Twitter account responded on May 30th, 2017, saying that Finding Bigfoot “does not find anything”. Many fans of the series are uncertain if the series is really real or scripted. In addition, this even created a number of disagreements within the group of Mountain Monsters.