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'Finding Bigfoot': Prof. Jeff Meldrum lends credibility to show

Ranae listened to Professor Meldrum with interest.
Ranae listened to Professor Meldrum with interest.
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"Finding Bigfoot" aired on Animal Planet Sunday night with the new episode, “Squatching in a Winter Wonderland.” The team traveled to the Blue Mountains in Eastern Washington to meet with Dr. D. Jeffrey Meldrum, the highly-respected Bigfoot researcher and Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State College. Meldrum is an expert on foot morphology along with locomotion in primates (monkeys, apes and hominids).

Meldrum is the one who cast the 40-track Umatilla trackway in 1996 which has been studied intently since then. The tracks measured 13 3/4" long by 5 1/4" wide, and there was evidence of a flexible midtarsal joint in the presence of “half tracks.” Meldrum deduced that the animal had been spooked by something and frequently turned around to look behind him. The “Finding Bigfoot” team was on location at the site of this important find.

Meldrum’s appearance on “Finding Bigfoot” lends credibility to the team’s work and to the Animal Planet show. The team showed a genuine respect for this academic who has taken a great deal of grief from his peers about his open attitude toward the existence of Sasquatch. Even Ranae, a trained field researcher who admits that she does not believe in the Bigfoot’s existence at this point, seemed very intent on absorbing all of the information that Meldrum brought to the table.

Cliff was quite interested in meeting this professor who is the widely-held track casting expert in the Bigfoot community. Cliff also is quite adept at this skill, and he is the team’s expert on tracks. Legitimate tracks are usually very discernable when cast.

The snow-covered mountains featured on the latest episode were beautiful and eerie at the same time. If ever there was any location that could be labeled "Bigfoot Country,” this might just be it. The problem, however, remained that the ground was snow-covered throughout the week. Any tracks that could be found and cast were covered up with the freshly fallen snow.


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