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May 03, 2013

Idaho Professor To Hunt Bigfoot With Drones

By CJ Lotz

Jeff Meldrum, an anthropologist at Idaho State University, is spending $200,000 to scan the Cascades with drones. The unmanned aircraft will use thermal imaging equipment to peer through thick forest in search of Sasquatch.

"We're simply asking a biological question: Is there a species of primate behind the legend of Sasquatch?" he said.

Other professors in the field have called any questions about Bigfoot a “waste of time.”

More from Boise State Public Radio.

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from MaxPower wrote 50 weeks 12 hours ago

Still can't believe people think Bigfoot exists. Articles like this probably make the hoaxers laugh hysterically.

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from Nixstyx wrote 50 weeks 12 hours ago

Yes, chasing a mythical creature is a great use of $200,000!

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from Huevo Danchero wrote 50 weeks 9 hours ago

I'm a fellow Boisean and, from what I've gathered, Mr. Meldrum was commissioned for this project by the fringe group Bull of Heaven, who provided him with the money for this undertaking. I'm a little surprised that no mention was made of this, given the group's hand in many other similar projects in the northwest, but perhaps Mr. Meldrum doesn't want to attract any more stigma than necessary. I've been in touch with Clayton from BoH though, and it's clear that this was initiated by them.

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from tygh98 wrote 50 weeks 8 hours ago

My hunting buddy, who is otherwise honest and upstanding, swears he has seen Bigfoot one time, and heard primate like noises on a different outing. The sighting was also with an FBI agent and he can't explain it away either. I have hiked and hunted the northern Cascades my whole life, never seen a thing indicating Bigfoot exists. But, there is a lot of country up here that very few eyes behold.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 50 weeks 8 hours ago

Yes, it seems the Bull of Heaven band is pretty good at stooping low for publicity. And yes, it seems strange that their name wouldn't be dropped in the news release.

By the way, Danchero, Dr. Meldrum's Idaho State University is not in Boise.

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from RJ Arena wrote 50 weeks 8 hours ago

What a waste of resources. I hope only private money(as stated) is spent on this foolishness, all over the world are found fossil records of prehistoric animals millions of years old, but not one legit artifact from a Bigfoot....common sense just ain't that common!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 50 weeks 8 hours ago

Bigfoot people make me laugh. Spending that kind of money for something like this is amazing.

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from Dave Moff wrote 50 weeks 7 hours ago

Bigfoot is great folklore, and there are many traditions worldwide which speak of a similar creature? Was it ever real? Who knows? Does Bigfoot exist today? I doubt it (surely someone would have hit one with a car or the like by now). But it's fun to speculate, and those who investigate at least keep the stories going.

Yes, we know there's no Loch Ness Monster and no Ogopogo and no dinosaur hiding away in the jungle somewhere and most likely no Abominable Snowman. And chances are that the government doesn't have any alien bodies hidden away in secret freezers somewhere. But wouldn't it be a smaller world without the stories? And where would we be if we completely stopped asking "what if....?" even if not entirely seriously at times.

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from Gary Devine wrote 50 weeks 6 hours ago

Professor Jeff, Bigfoot doesn't exist don't waste your time. There are thousands and thousands of hunting motion trail cameras in the forest today. Nobody has a clear photo of a Bigfoot, the Loch Nest Monster or the man from outer space.

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from gxx9sdb wrote 50 weeks 6 hours ago

How is this guy's drones going to differentiate between and some guy out for a walk in the woods? Sounds like a BIG wasted of time if you ask me. No doubt the money is coming from tax payers

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from Mark-1 wrote 50 weeks 5 hours ago

I've always wondered why that one stupid, unlucky Bigfoot hasn't yet been hit by a car.

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from Mark-1 wrote 50 weeks 5 hours ago

I've always wondered why that one stupid, unlucky Bigfoot hasn't yet been hit by a car.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 50 weeks 5 hours ago

Hey ,come on guys I seen this guy in a TV commercial for jerky during the super bowl. Really if he exists he is probably a vegan since there is no evidence it has ever killed anything. Maybe if they catch it we can find dna evidence as to why vegans don't eat tasty animals!

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from BuzGuy Giordano wrote 50 weeks 45 min ago

Well, I've seen one and they absolutely do exist but why waste my time trying to convince non-believers. Someday you will all understand.
Guy

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from rfleer87 wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Well, that is it, people have totally lost their minds. But you have to remember what people will do for money. Anything including finding Bigfoot.

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from Nyflyangler wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

There is DNA evidence of bigfoot. I've read of several cases where dna tests of hair and other biological materials that have come back as being primate but inconclusive meaning the specimen cannot be identified as any known primate we have data on.

That's the result you'd expect for a creature that's described as bigfoot are usually described as being like.

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from chuckles wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Absence of proof disproves whatever is trying to be proven.

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from tfallsjim wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Sucker born every minute. The sucker in this case is the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, who, through some misguided morons in Congress, have had to fund this nonsense. If Sasquatch were real, there would be BONES and PELTS all over the place, for the natives prior to Spain, would have collected them as trophies, hung them to dry, made totems for them - much like their "sha-men" collected "pelts" and every egg they could find of the California Condor, and traded them throughout North America as "talismen" - of which there are many in museums around the world, including some in Russia and other former soviet areas. There WOULD likelier than not be MANY such pelts. This is another "golden fleece award" winner.

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from tfallsjim wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

tygh98 wrote: "heard primate like noises on a different outing"
Yeah. That was the group of hunters after emptying a keg of Bud...

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from Lexer Wolf wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

"These woods are squatchy as hell." -Professional Bigfoot Hunter

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from tbosc wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

There are a ton of primates in the Cascades, they are called humans. The public probably feels a lot better being able to point at this guy and call him a nut, rather than realize that this is spying on American soil under the guise of "looking for big foot". Probably funded by DARPA.

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from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

I hope something good comes out of this monumental waste of time and money. Maybe tweaking a system to find lost hunters and children. The only saving grace it wasn't tax dollars.

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from bscrandall wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Doesn't that make you feel good when you find out your tax dollars are going to help a lunatic attempt to find bigfoot?

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from fishman417 wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

Yes bigfoot was and is still real. thousands of years ago there was an ape like man called gigantopithicus they have found a skull and other bones. so he still exists just look it up with that many sightings how could hosting or misidentification account for it all

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from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

fishman; Do you know when the Lockness Monster was first sighted? Three days after the original version of King Kong was aired in Scotland. No shortage of Drunks and Bumpkins.

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from Bill Sundling wrote 49 weeks 1 day ago

So where did the $200,000 come from? How much is the professor getting for the "study"?

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 49 weeks 1 day ago

Bill, you nailed it. Either the American Tax Payer gave a grant to some Hack Professor or the Students or the people of the State will pay for the program, through increased fees, tuition, taxes, etc....
These fools don't care where or who provided the cash for their BS, just so long as they can draw 6 figures for a few years and BS their way through life. All I know is the person or group that gave him this cash in this economy ought to be fired....but they won't.
Two people are never fired, no matter how foolish or incompetent...tenured professors and government hacks.

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from Peacefull1 wrote 48 weeks 6 days ago

A person my elderly father has known since childhood who is also retired law enforcement and doesn't believe in Sasquatch or UFO's was hiking to a very remote lake in Canada and claimed to come upon a UFO at that lake. After briefly evaluating what was happening shortly turned around quickly retreated back to his camp which was miles away.. A longtime girlfriend claimed that while one night driving back from Smithville Texas she watched a large cigar shaped UFO for several minutes slowly cruising around the area but never reported it. Are UFO's real? Sasquatch? I don't know. But Im not going to call these people liar's either. I hope Im lucky enough to see either one for myself someday if theyre real.

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from mlj1mlj1 wrote 45 weeks 5 days ago

I grew up north of Salina Kansas hunting Pheasants and Quail and fishing for Bass. I lived outside and never saw anything strange. I didn't see a Turkey or Bald Eagle and now they are abundant there. I have lived in Colorado now for 37 years camping, hunting and fishing way more than most. Folks, the Sasquatch is real. The signs in the forest tell me that. The eat Elk and Deer and hunt at night. All the Native Americans have names for them from long before white men got here. I doubt that was a mass hallucination. Also, we just found 100,000 lowland Gorillas in the Congo. We don't miss much do we. What scares me is those hunting in the same woods as me and they don't know whats in them, although I will say the Sasquatches hide themselves well for self preservation. They are one with their environment. Sadly, most of us have lost that skill. Most have not seen a mountain lion either in Kansas either or Colorado for that matter. My uncle has one on his land as we speak. The division of wildlife in Kansas denied that for years until a picture in the Wichita Eagle Beacon showed 5 at once. Pay attention to what your environment tells you and you will find the truth and stop listening to those behind computers and desks. You will find me in the woods, I leave tommorrow. Mike Johnson-Co founder-Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies

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from Nixstyx wrote 50 weeks 12 hours ago

Yes, chasing a mythical creature is a great use of $200,000!

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from Huevo Danchero wrote 50 weeks 9 hours ago

I'm a fellow Boisean and, from what I've gathered, Mr. Meldrum was commissioned for this project by the fringe group Bull of Heaven, who provided him with the money for this undertaking. I'm a little surprised that no mention was made of this, given the group's hand in many other similar projects in the northwest, but perhaps Mr. Meldrum doesn't want to attract any more stigma than necessary. I've been in touch with Clayton from BoH though, and it's clear that this was initiated by them.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 50 weeks 8 hours ago

Bigfoot people make me laugh. Spending that kind of money for something like this is amazing.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mark-1 wrote 50 weeks 5 hours ago

I've always wondered why that one stupid, unlucky Bigfoot hasn't yet been hit by a car.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Trapper Vic wrote 50 weeks 5 hours ago

Hey ,come on guys I seen this guy in a TV commercial for jerky during the super bowl. Really if he exists he is probably a vegan since there is no evidence it has ever killed anything. Maybe if they catch it we can find dna evidence as to why vegans don't eat tasty animals!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from rfleer87 wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Well, that is it, people have totally lost their minds. But you have to remember what people will do for money. Anything including finding Bigfoot.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from MaxPower wrote 50 weeks 12 hours ago

Still can't believe people think Bigfoot exists. Articles like this probably make the hoaxers laugh hysterically.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from tygh98 wrote 50 weeks 8 hours ago

My hunting buddy, who is otherwise honest and upstanding, swears he has seen Bigfoot one time, and heard primate like noises on a different outing. The sighting was also with an FBI agent and he can't explain it away either. I have hiked and hunted the northern Cascades my whole life, never seen a thing indicating Bigfoot exists. But, there is a lot of country up here that very few eyes behold.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from RJ Arena wrote 50 weeks 8 hours ago

What a waste of resources. I hope only private money(as stated) is spent on this foolishness, all over the world are found fossil records of prehistoric animals millions of years old, but not one legit artifact from a Bigfoot....common sense just ain't that common!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from gxx9sdb wrote 50 weeks 6 hours ago

How is this guy's drones going to differentiate between and some guy out for a walk in the woods? Sounds like a BIG wasted of time if you ask me. No doubt the money is coming from tax payers

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mark-1 wrote 50 weeks 5 hours ago

I've always wondered why that one stupid, unlucky Bigfoot hasn't yet been hit by a car.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from chuckles wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from tfallsjim wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Sucker born every minute. The sucker in this case is the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, who, through some misguided morons in Congress, have had to fund this nonsense. If Sasquatch were real, there would be BONES and PELTS all over the place, for the natives prior to Spain, would have collected them as trophies, hung them to dry, made totems for them - much like their "sha-men" collected "pelts" and every egg they could find of the California Condor, and traded them throughout North America as "talismen" - of which there are many in museums around the world, including some in Russia and other former soviet areas. There WOULD likelier than not be MANY such pelts. This is another "golden fleece award" winner.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from tfallsjim wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

tygh98 wrote: "heard primate like noises on a different outing"
Yeah. That was the group of hunters after emptying a keg of Bud...

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from Bill Sundling wrote 49 weeks 1 day ago

So where did the $200,000 come from? How much is the professor getting for the "study"?

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 50 weeks 8 hours ago

Yes, it seems the Bull of Heaven band is pretty good at stooping low for publicity. And yes, it seems strange that their name wouldn't be dropped in the news release.

By the way, Danchero, Dr. Meldrum's Idaho State University is not in Boise.

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from Dave Moff wrote 50 weeks 7 hours ago

Bigfoot is great folklore, and there are many traditions worldwide which speak of a similar creature? Was it ever real? Who knows? Does Bigfoot exist today? I doubt it (surely someone would have hit one with a car or the like by now). But it's fun to speculate, and those who investigate at least keep the stories going.

Yes, we know there's no Loch Ness Monster and no Ogopogo and no dinosaur hiding away in the jungle somewhere and most likely no Abominable Snowman. And chances are that the government doesn't have any alien bodies hidden away in secret freezers somewhere. But wouldn't it be a smaller world without the stories? And where would we be if we completely stopped asking "what if....?" even if not entirely seriously at times.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gary Devine wrote 50 weeks 6 hours ago

Professor Jeff, Bigfoot doesn't exist don't waste your time. There are thousands and thousands of hunting motion trail cameras in the forest today. Nobody has a clear photo of a Bigfoot, the Loch Nest Monster or the man from outer space.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Nyflyangler wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

There is DNA evidence of bigfoot. I've read of several cases where dna tests of hair and other biological materials that have come back as being primate but inconclusive meaning the specimen cannot be identified as any known primate we have data on.

That's the result you'd expect for a creature that's described as bigfoot are usually described as being like.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Absence of proof disproves whatever is trying to be proven.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Lexer Wolf wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

"These woods are squatchy as hell." -Professional Bigfoot Hunter

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from tbosc wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

There are a ton of primates in the Cascades, they are called humans. The public probably feels a lot better being able to point at this guy and call him a nut, rather than realize that this is spying on American soil under the guise of "looking for big foot". Probably funded by DARPA.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

I hope something good comes out of this monumental waste of time and money. Maybe tweaking a system to find lost hunters and children. The only saving grace it wasn't tax dollars.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bscrandall wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Doesn't that make you feel good when you find out your tax dollars are going to help a lunatic attempt to find bigfoot?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from fishman417 wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

Yes bigfoot was and is still real. thousands of years ago there was an ape like man called gigantopithicus they have found a skull and other bones. so he still exists just look it up with that many sightings how could hosting or misidentification account for it all

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 3 days ago

fishman; Do you know when the Lockness Monster was first sighted? Three days after the original version of King Kong was aired in Scotland. No shortage of Drunks and Bumpkins.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from haverodwilltravel wrote 49 weeks 1 day ago

Bill, you nailed it. Either the American Tax Payer gave a grant to some Hack Professor or the Students or the people of the State will pay for the program, through increased fees, tuition, taxes, etc....
These fools don't care where or who provided the cash for their BS, just so long as they can draw 6 figures for a few years and BS their way through life. All I know is the person or group that gave him this cash in this economy ought to be fired....but they won't.
Two people are never fired, no matter how foolish or incompetent...tenured professors and government hacks.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Peacefull1 wrote 48 weeks 6 days ago

A person my elderly father has known since childhood who is also retired law enforcement and doesn't believe in Sasquatch or UFO's was hiking to a very remote lake in Canada and claimed to come upon a UFO at that lake. After briefly evaluating what was happening shortly turned around quickly retreated back to his camp which was miles away.. A longtime girlfriend claimed that while one night driving back from Smithville Texas she watched a large cigar shaped UFO for several minutes slowly cruising around the area but never reported it. Are UFO's real? Sasquatch? I don't know. But Im not going to call these people liar's either. I hope Im lucky enough to see either one for myself someday if theyre real.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from mlj1mlj1 wrote 45 weeks 5 days ago

I grew up north of Salina Kansas hunting Pheasants and Quail and fishing for Bass. I lived outside and never saw anything strange. I didn't see a Turkey or Bald Eagle and now they are abundant there. I have lived in Colorado now for 37 years camping, hunting and fishing way more than most. Folks, the Sasquatch is real. The signs in the forest tell me that. The eat Elk and Deer and hunt at night. All the Native Americans have names for them from long before white men got here. I doubt that was a mass hallucination. Also, we just found 100,000 lowland Gorillas in the Congo. We don't miss much do we. What scares me is those hunting in the same woods as me and they don't know whats in them, although I will say the Sasquatches hide themselves well for self preservation. They are one with their environment. Sadly, most of us have lost that skill. Most have not seen a mountain lion either in Kansas either or Colorado for that matter. My uncle has one on his land as we speak. The division of wildlife in Kansas denied that for years until a picture in the Wichita Eagle Beacon showed 5 at once. Pay attention to what your environment tells you and you will find the truth and stop listening to those behind computers and desks. You will find me in the woods, I leave tommorrow. Mike Johnson-Co founder-Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies

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from BuzGuy Giordano wrote 50 weeks 45 min ago

Well, I've seen one and they absolutely do exist but why waste my time trying to convince non-believers. Someday you will all understand.
Guy

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