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."
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