WHEELING - Researchers gather at Cabela's at the Highlands this week to discuss the science behind the search for Sasquatch.
The third-annual Strange, Rare and Unusual Sightings Seminar is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the store.
Events begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the Cabela's Conference Center with a reception featuring Jeff Meldrum, an associate professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University who is recognized as one of the leading scientific authorities on the possibility of the existence of Sasquatch - also called "Big Foot."
The actual seminar will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and there is no charge to attend.
"There is the possibility that Sasquatch exists, and Cabela's supports the scientific research to find out the truth," Bud Forte, retail marketing manager for Cabela's at the Highlands, said. "There is a real possibility there is a bi-pedal creature that inhabits North America and other parts of the world. We don't know the truth, and there are real scientists doing the research."
Meldrum is the author of the book "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science."
Joining him will be researchers Eric Altman, a crpytozoologist and director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society; David Dragosin, assistant director; independent researcher Stan Gordon; and Billy Willard, founder of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia.
Many of the participants have seen and made plaster casts of large footprints, Forte noted. These and other plaster casts will be on display for the event. The researchers will show photographs and video of what appears to be Sasquatch taken in multiple locations. There will be eyewitness reports presented at the seminar by people who believe they have seen these creatures.