Idaho professor who believes in Bigfoot analyzes footage from alleged sighting near Payson

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PAYSON, Utah -- A video shot near Payson allegedly shows a Sasquatch walking through the forest, but Bigfoot enthusiasts, including a professor of anatomy at Idaho State University, say the Payson video has some major red flags.

Doctor Jeffrey Meldrum has been tracking Bigfoot for 20 years, and he believes the top-level predator is very real. But, he doesn't believe the video shot near Payson is real.

Doctor Meldrum studies footprints.

“The hook was really set for me, as far as my research interest, in 1996 when I witnessed some tracks in southeastern Washington,” he said.

On Monday, video surfaced of a possible Bigfoot sighting near Payson. Meldrum spoke to FOX 13 about his take on that footage.

“The face is very shiny, and the edge between that shiny face and the surrounding hair is very, very sharp, which smacks of a cheap, fabricated costume,” he said.

He said another red flag is the way the creature moves, while another argument against the footage is the fact it took a year for it to surface. He also cites a lack of any other evidence, like pictures of footprints left behind.

“There’s no place you’re going to go find a Bigfoot community,” claims David Carver, a Bigfoot enthusiast. “They are all just passing through from Logan, clear across the tops of the mountains, clear down into Provo...and down in through Payson."

Carver has been interviewing Bigfoot witnesses in Utah for years. He offered his take on the Payson footage.

“It could easily be real, it could easily not be real, but I don’t want to call people fakers, because if you do that enough then nobody will send you information, and pretty soon you’ll lose real things,” he said.

He is also questioning the lack of supporting evidence, but he’s not questioning his own beliefs.

“I know what I know,” Carver said. “I know what I’ve seen, and I don’t need any more. These bipeds, these unknown bipeds, are as real as can be.”

Meldrum concurs.

“I’m convinced these creatures, while they very likely exist, are extremely rare,” he said. “They are large animals, top predators, so there just aren’t that many of them out in the environment.”


  • Daniel Gray

    Your stupid if you dont believe in Bigfoot. My people, the Wolf Clan of the Cherokee Nation, has stories of the “wild man of the woods” that go back over 1000 years BEFORE a white man set foot in North America. And need I remind you that the silverback gorilla was a myth until they captured one and brought it back to Queen Victoria. And lest we forget…the coelacanth? A fish that was thought to be extinct by the so called experts, till they were found in a west african fish market and then found to be alive and well in the worlds oceans? Or the Kraken, a mythical giant octopus/squid that was only filmed for the first time in 2015 thus proving the stories of the old sailors clear back to 1000 year earlier?

    Just because some cubical critter says the bigfoot does not exist, does not mean they dont.

    • Bob

      Show me a proof and ill belive, Why CANT ANYONE COME FORWARD WITH POO?!!! Dna test it!! Its 2016, plenty of time since “1000’s of years” Proof or stfu!!

      • bob

        Survival of a species like that would require not just a handful of individuals but a large enough breeding population, with enough spreading around of genes, to keep the population healthy through the generations. It is absolutely absurd to think that critters that large, and that numerous, could exist in North America and NOBODY HAS EVER CAUGHT ONE, shot one, found so much as a verifiable HAIR, etc. Not a single corpse. Not a single bone. Nothing.

        Never tripped a wildlife camera at night. Never been spotted by search and rescue using infrared scopes. Never been mistaken for a bear by hunters. Never pooped, never peed, never scratched themselves and left a drop of blood…..and so on.

    • bob

      Gorillas were IMMEDIATELY verified and captured as soon as Europeans explored Africa. Right away. “Here we are….oh, look! A gorilla!” It’s not like gorillas successfully hid for CENTURIES. They didn’t hide at all.

  • Xyliinda Morpheus

    Uh, guys… we have dna and plenty of it. Oh, and if you really want to see one, you’ll find a facebook group & befriend someone willing to take you like I have. It’s not rocket science.

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