Is It Bigfoot


A strange sight­ing by some high school stu­dents near Pocatello has Sasquatch hunters com­ing to south­east Idaho.

The stu­dents were on a school project near the west fork of Mink Creek south of Pocatello, when they say they saw a dark fig­ure watch­ing them from a ridge.

One stu­dent grabbed his cam­era and caught a glimpse.

A few fleet­ing sec­onds of a dark some­thing dis­ap­pear­ing into the tree line.

It just didn’t look human­like. I don’t know what that is, it’s not a bear, it’s not a moose or any­thing. It was big and bulky and black,” the stu­dent said.

The stu­dents climbed the ridge and took pho­tographs of some big foot­prints they found.

Idaho State Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor Jeff Mel­drum is a Big­foot expert. His office is filled with sus­pected pho­tos and plas­ter casts of Big­foot prints.

He exam­ined the photo and the short video of the dis­tant figure.

It nev­er­the­less is a large dark fig­ure that bears a strik­ing resem­blance to descrip­tions of Sasquatch,” Mel­drum said.

Most peo­ple asso­ciate the Sasquatch with the Pacific North­west andBri­tish Colum­bia, he said. But Mel­drum said there’s a long his­tory of Big­foot lore in the Inter­moun­tain West and Idaho, though with dif­fer­ent names.

The notion of the immi­grants com­ing into this place here and encoun­ter­ing strange and mar­velous things like sto­ries of wild men and moun­tain dev­ils,” Mel­drum said.

Or it could be a hoax.

But the high school stu­dent who shot the video, doesn’t seem to be look­ing for atten­tion. He requested that we not release his name or picture.

And he said he’s sim­ply not sure just what it was he saw stand­ing on that ridge.

I’m not going to say yes it was a Big­foot or no it wasn’t, because I don’t know, and nobody knows,” the stu­dent said.

The Ani­mal Planet show “Find­ing Big­foot” is mak­ing a stop in Pocatello in mid June to see whether any­one else in the com­mu­nity has seen some­thing Sasquatch-like.

Mel­drum is doing a pre­sen­ta­tion on the his­tory of  Sasquatch along the Ore­gon Trail in Mont­pe­lier on Fri­day and Saturday.


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