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Bigfoot boffin to build a blimp

Wednesday 7 Nov 2012 11:39 a.m.

'Bigfoot' as seen in a 1967 film shot in California

'Bigfoot' as seen in a 1967 film shot in California

By 3 News online staff

An Idaho scientist is planning to build a remote-controlled helium blimp armed with thermal-imaging cameras to settle one of the northwest United States' most enduring mysteries: does Bigfoot actually exist?

Professor Jeffrey Meldrum has been given the go-ahead by Idaho State University to start raising funds to build the blimp, codenamed the Falcon Project, which will cost around US$300,000.

"The challenge with any animal that is rare, solitary, nocturnal and far-ranging in habitat is to find them and observe them in the wild," says Prof Meldrum. "This technology provides for that."

Prof Meldrum is the author of a book called Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, and has teamed up with William Barnes, a man from Utah who claims he saw Bigfoot in 1997.

It was Barnes' idea to launch a blimp, and the pair hope to raise the money in time to launch the hunt next year. According to Reuters, they are yet to raise a single dollar, but Prof Meldrum says he has been in talks with a couple of cable channels interested in producing a weekly TV series following the Falcon Project.

The most famous Bigfoot sighting occurred in 1967, when Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin allegedly filmed a female member of the species in a forest in California (pictured above).

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