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.