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When Dr. Robert Schmidt, USU professor, invited Dr. Jeff Meldrum to his school to talk about Sasquatch, it wasn’t to convince the naysayers, it was just to present Meldrum’s excellent research into the Bigfoot Mystery.

Jeff Meldrum has had a very busy time researching the mystery known as Bigfoot throughout the years. His journey has taken him from television shows, to press interview and even becoming an author. Known as one of the leading voices in Sasquatch research, he’s had his fair share of downs as well. Some colleagues of Dr. Meldrum believe he is wasting his time pursuing myth.

That did not stop Dr. Meldrum from talking to staff and students at USU about the empirical evidence that he’s collected throughout the years as a researcher. Something that makes him believe in the possibility that there may be 500 to 700 of these creatures out there.

Full source: USUStatesman

“My goal is not to convince, my goal is to open minds,”said Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University. Meldrum has been researching the specimen of Sasquatch for more than 15 years and has received national attention for his work, both positive and negative.

His research examines various evidences which suggest that the mythical creature Sasquatch may in fact be real. In particular, he hypothesizes there may be not only one creature living today, but as many as 500-750 of the Sasquatch species.

“People have been so conditioned that this isn’t possible that when they finally see it, it upsets their whole equilibrium,” he said.

Meldrum said many people, both inside and outside of academia, don’t believe that Sasquatch could be real.

“Some of the naysayers adapt that position because such a creature, such a species could not exist under our noses and not have been discovered,” he said.

Others, he said, don’t accept the possibility out of stubbornness.

“There’s a certain chic to being critical these days,” he said, “and skepticism is worn as a bright red arm band by some individuals.”

Dr. Robert Schmidt, USU professor of wildlife policy and human dimensions in the College of Natural Resources, invited Meldrum to come and speak.

“I met Dr. Meldrum a number of years ago and it was just interesting about how he, as a person with a credentials in science, how he uses that process to look at Sasquatch, which is a very different way than the other Sasquatch fans,” he said. “He has this logical process by which he sorta says ‘I can include this information.'”

Ryan Carlisle, an international studies major who attended the lecture, said the presentation didn’t affect his belief in Sasquatch.

“It’s a possibility,” he said. “I didn’t totally discount it. It could be.”

Halley Kartchner, a graduate student in human dimensions of ecosystems science and management who considers herself an amateur Bigfoot enthusiast said,  “I thought it was really refreshing take on the legend of Sasquatch. My other exposure to it has been kinda crazy people I guess.”

She said that while she’s not completely convinced that Sasquatch is real, Meldrum’s lecture made her more inclined to believe he could be.

“It was really good to hear someone with a Ph.D and all this background knowledge giving his take on it,” she said.

Sara Preece, a graduate in marine biology from BYU, said, “I had never seen evidence presented the way he had. I feel like he presented it very factually, very evidence-based. He wasn’t trying to change anyone’s mind or convince anybody, he was just presenting objective evidence for people.”

She said she doesn’t necessarily believe or disbelieve that Sasquatch is real because belief connotes a religious type of conviction, but said Meldrum’s presentation did make her think that Sasquatch could be real.

Meldrum said he himself is not positive that Sasquatch is real, but that the evidence compels him to continue researching.

  • IMO if it were not for Jeff Meldrum, Monsterquest wouldn’t even have lasted as long as it did.

    He is one of the few people in the field that I respect and look forward to hearing from in print and TV. In fact, it’s difficult to find anyone on Jeff’s level.

    Keep up the good work Jeff!

  • David R

    But..but… what about me Scott? lol

    I do have to disagree with Jeff on one front, the 500-750 estimate. No way there are so few! Heck, there are probably half that many in just the central Cascades of Oregon. Its their highly elusive skills, and propensity to stay away from those specifically looking for them, that gives a perception of being in such small numbers.

    It could be that he was estimating low for the skeptical crowd, as that would make it easier for them to accept the possibility of something out there, but doing so would seem to proceed on a faulty premise. Not that I or anyone can prove there are more of them out there either…

  • David,

    You may not believe it but you were on my mind when I wrote that post.

    Frankly I think Jeff underestimated on purpose just to get a reaction. He knew what he was doing when he said that. You think for the skeptics, I think to get more people interested. What better way to get a scientist on the fence to give in and join the research than telling him his time is limited due to impending extinction.

    David, we both know that 750 is considered critically endangered.

  • David R

    Awe Shucks Scott. 🙂

    Anyway, I don’t know about the numbers. I have mixed feelings about undercutting populations. Heck, if they have early human DNA, no ESA Protection will even be necessary.

  • David R,

    On the other hand….

    These creatures (if they exist) are fairly massive. In order to move undetected, and survive being captured, it makes sense that they exist in small communal groups.

    Is it that far fetched to say that only 24 Sasquatches live in the state of Oregon?

    Just playing devil’s advocate here.

    What do you think?


  • AbombUFO

    I’m inclined to believe his estimation is truly what he believes the number is. He has been meticulous in his scientific approach and wanted to be so detailed as to not be undercut. It would be counter to what he has been trying to do: Let the evidence speak for itself. Malfing the numbers would only make people suspicious of his intentions if they knew he malfed them.

  • David R

    Well Javier, if there were only 24 of them in the State of Oregon, then I’ve personally seen 1/8th of all of them. Highly doubtful odds.

    No, what is really skewing the numbers is that most of the researchers out there, really are going about it the wrong way if they want to see one. There’s a lot of truth in the inference that if you want to repel a bigfoot, then just carry a camera. All these trailcams and expeditions and calculated grid searchers using ‘scientific methodology’ and stealth, really only causes them to leave the area. Oh sure they may hear a woodknock or whoop or scream at night, but usually that’s all they’ll experience. The methods being used do not match the nature of the beast.

    When I go into the mtns looking, I usually go out alone. Funny thing is, I’ve never seen one while ‘looking’ either. I have had many non-visual interactions when looking though. All 3 of my Oregon visuals were while deer or elk hunting, not looking for them. No, our standard method of searching, or research, isn’t what they respond to. What they do seem to respond to are a certain kind of personality, Type A personalities are probably not well received. And like with other paranormal subject matters, there are humans who are more ‘sensitive’ then others. I like others can ‘sense’ when they are near. The feeling is uncanny but certain.

    No Javier, there are a lot more of them out there then you can imagine. But they have it down on how to avoid humans who enter the woods looking for them. Before you even get out of the vehicle to sneak around, they’ve already alerted the others in the area of your arrival. Its their standard MO and they have their routines built around ours.

  • David R

    Here’s another way to look at it. In just Oregon, the Cascade Range runs about 300 miles North to South, and about 100 miles East to West. That’s a total of about 30,000 Square Miles, of which there are only a handful of highways crisscrossing and similar number of communities. Of course there are logging roads, but when we travel on those, we telegraph our approach from literally miles away due to the noise tires on gravel makes.

    And then you have Designated Wilderness in Oregon that take up about 2 million acres, where there are no roads and generally only moderate weather human use within slivers of areas, leaving the bulk unvisited by humans.

    And then you have the thick Oregon Coastal Range where a bigfoot could hide 10 feet from you in the brush, where its almost similar road access as in the Cascades.

    And then there is NE Oregon where just about everything is remote and the only time you get human activity is during hunting season. And believe me, there is one hell of a lot of wild are in Eastern Oregon for them to exist w/o ever being seen.

    My opinion is, there are a few thousand in Oregon alone. If you know how to look, well then you get to understand. Fortunately or unfortunately, most people don’t.