Scientist says the solution to finding Bigfoot is ... a blimp?

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

We've been seeking to prove the existence of Bigfoot for decades, and so far it hasn't happened. That could be because Bigfoot isn't real, or it could be because we're just going about things the wrong way. That's what one anthropologist is betting on as he launches a mission to find a Sasquatch from above.

Jeffrey Meldrum, an Idaho State University anthropologist and author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, is working to raise at least $300,000 to fund a remote-controlled blimp equipped with a thermal imaging camera to sweep wilderness areas from above and (he hopes) find Bigfoot.

The idea came courtesy of William Barnes, a fellow Bigfoot believer from Utah who says he spotted the creature back in 1997 while in Northern California. Barnes actually went to Meldrum with his plan, and now they're working together on what they've dubbed the Falcon Project.

Idaho State has given Meldrum the go-ahead to devote time and energy to the project, but what they won't give him is cash. He and Barnes have to raise that themselves, but it seems they may have already found all the money they'll need courtesy of Bigfoot reality shows. According to Meldrum, he's already got two cable networks interested in producing a series documenting the search.

Meldrum and Barnes hope to get their Bigfoot blimp airborne by the spring. What do you think? Will they find anything?

(Via Time)