Leading expert on Bigfoot comes to Logan

LOGAN – One of the leading experts on Bigfoot or Sasquatch will visit Logan this week, making stops at Utah State University and Logan Library for a presentation.

Jeff Meldrum is a Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University and the author of “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science.”

Meldrum will be revisiting the controversial Patterson-Gimlin film of what appears to be the first captured footage of Bigfoot.

The film, which was shot in 1967 in Northern California, has been subjected to attempts to authenticate or debunk it.

Based on the evidence, Meldrum is a believer.

“I’m as convinced as I can be, short of having stood on that sandbar on that creek bed in 1967 and witnessed it myself,” he said. “The evidence is so overwhelming and when viewed through this lens that I’m going to present, I don’t see how a reasonable informed person can reject it.”

Meldrum added, “I can see some being agnostic or withholding judgement, but, at this point, anyone who says ‘Oh, that’s just a man in a fur suit,’ is simply ignorant. Ignorant in the sense they don’t have the knowledge to evaluate the film in any kind of authoritative or informed manner because the evidence is just really striking, it’s really compelling.”

Meldrum says he’s not looking for converts but will share evidence and his belief that while they are rare, species like Bigfoot are alive, well and roaming the planet.

“So many people have this concept which feeds into the notion of a singular monster,” he said. “That there’s one retched individual who has been wandering the face of the earth and jets over to the Himalayas for an occasional photo op,” Meldrum joked.

Meldrum will spend some time with students at USU at the invitation of Dr. Robert Schmidt. The Certified Wildlife Biologist said the topic of Sasquatch is “popular with students.”

The presentation at the Logan Library is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Lake Bonneville Room. It is free and everyone is invited to attend.

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