Perhaps more than any other urban myth, the does-he-or-doesn’t-he existence of Bigfoot is the most debated and publicized unsolved mystery. Somewhere in our minds, we’d like to think he does. But for all the supposed proof, we’ve simply never turned up cold hard evidence that the gentle giant(s) (or vicious, who knows?) are actually a real entity, and not some made up thing.

One Idaho scientist, Jeffrey Meldrum, wants to prove once and for all that Bigfoot is real. And he’s going to do so by dispatching a remote-controlled blimp, dubbed Falcon Project, over the Pacific and Midwest states.

“Idaho State University has approved the unusual proposal of faculty member Jeffrey Meldrum… Now Meldrum is seeking to raise $300,000-plus in private donations to build the remote-controlled dirigible, equip it with a thermal-imaging camera and send it aloft in hopes of catching an aerial glimpse of Bigfoot,” Reuters wrote.

Meldrum’s involvement is of particular note because he isn’t just some blind Bigfoot theorist; the man holds legitimate scientific credentials as a professor of anatomy and anthropology, Discovery wrote. That in of itself doesn’t directly pertain to the mysterious bipedal creature, but it does give him more insight into any alleged evidence that turns up.

When the project does get underway, the air patrol will relay its findings back to the ground team. Should any strange activity be discovered, researchers will then follow up on any leads they feel might turn up substantial evidence, where Meldrum will then use his knowledge to determine if the Falcon Project is onto anything worth pursuing.

So far, eyewitness sightings have largely been the only form of verification of Bigfoot’s existence. But eyewitness accounts are unreliable, as proved by decades of studies, so any one man’s word can never be taken as truth without proper proof. Probably the most famous Bigfoot account survives in the Patterson-Gimlin film, which was captured in 1967 outside of Orleans, California. That, however, is still inconclusive.

“If Bigfoot exist, it is important to find out what they are, how they are related to humans, and how exactly tens of thousands of them have managed to exist in North America without leaving any hard evidence,” Discovery said. “If Meldrum and the Falcon Project are successful, they could add immensely important information to our scientific knowledge of zoology and anthropology.”

What that likely translates to is that we will capture said creature(s) if it does exist, cut him up, and study him. Or maybe put it on display at some zoo or traveling circus. We’ll see if Falcon actually turns anything up.

[via Discovery]