Monday, July 29, 2013

Idaho Professor Approaching Launch Date For Bigfoot-Seeking Drone

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

An Idaho State University professor says he's coming close to launching an airship to assist his search for Bigfoot.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that ISU's Jeff Meldrum, author of "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science," is in the final stages of what is called "The Falcon Project," which will use a camera on a remote-controlled, 45-foot-long airship to conduct flyovers in what he calls "Bigfoot territory." Meldrum, an ISU professor of anatomy and anthropology and the Falcon Project's principle investigator, is spending the summer touring through the region in an effort to raise funds for the airship project.

Meldrum points to the the closest Bigfoot sighting, in May 2012, from a group of Pocatello high school students who were working on an erosion project when they spotted something in the nearby woods.

"There's a dude watching us," one teen said to the rest when they spotted a stalker in an area called Elk Meadows. "It just didn't look human-like," said one of the students. "I don't know what that is; it's not a bear, it's not a moose or anything. It was big and bulky and black. I'm not going to say yes it was a Bigfoot or no it wasn't, because I don't know, and nobody knows."

The students' video shows a fast-moving shadowy figure resembling the now-famous grainy film footage from 1967 of the suspected Sasquatch.

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"But these unmanned drones, I believe, are the next step in proving the nature of these creatures," said Meldrum.

The airship reportedly would approach and observe "with minimal or no disturbance of the subject's natural behavior," according to Meldrum. "The latter is critical for survey in areas of dense stands of forest where a sustained vertical perspective is essential for locating animals on the forest floor."

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