Taxpayers apparently funded a two-day conference devoted to studying and discussing Bigfoot, which was organized by University of New Mexico, Gallup, professor Dr. Christopher Dyer, at which Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Rob Kryder spoke. Both are Bigfoot researchers. The conference cost about $7500 and took place at UNM-Gallup. Dr. Meldrum received a $1000 honorarium.
According to Dr. Dyer, the conference was well-attended. Benjamin Radford, the Managing Editor of The Skeptical Inquirer, notes that no Bigfoot skeptics were invited. Dr. Dyer responds that he didn't know where to find any skeptics. I suspect he could have asked Mr. Radford, who is easy to find, for some assistance.
After the conference, Dr. Dyer and some others went on a Bigfoot search, paid for by UNM-Gallup (although no UNM-Gallup faculty or students accompanied Dr. Dyer on the trip).
There is now some concern about the conference. Said UNM President Robert Frank, "Dr. Dyer needs to be much more thoughtful about how he undertakes these activities."
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