Just for spits and giggles I compiled some statistics from the BFRO database for the states with the most reports and British Columbia, Canada.
And yes, I do realize you can argue the database’s motives, credibility and significance seven ways to Sunday. But it is referred by skeptic and believer alike, including me, so I wanted to see some of what the database indicated.
And that brings us to another point when it comes to bigfoot belief, at any point on the skeptic/belief spectrum, you can have your cake and eat it too when discussing an uncategorized creature like bigfoot.
I started this as a search into what percentage of bigfoot reports were from before the release of the Patterson Gimlin Film of 1967.
I was also curious as to how many reports were actually clear sightings of the creature (“A” reports, and not just poor visibility, smells, or sounds, secondhand “B,C” reports). I learned not all “A” reports are clear sightings of the creature. Some are footprints or a distant visual with no clear details given, etc.
I also wanted to see if there was a clear west to east trend in reports= earliest reports from the west and later reports from the east as news spread.
You can decide the answers to my questions for yourself.
So, enjoy or ignore or do both!
All data was collected from the BFRO Report Database
*Note* All reports are assigned a classification of A, B or C by the BFRO. However, even though BFRO lists these as “Sightings by Region” on the sidebar menu on it’s main page, a report listing for a state does not necessarily mean it was a sighting report where the witness actually saw the animal clearly. Some “A” reports listed only refer to footprints even a handprint in one I came across. “B” reports may refer to poor visibility, sounds, smells, sign, missing livestock, etc. In the 11 states listed below with the most reports, 50% are B with a few C.
What is an A, B, or C report? http://www.bfro.net/gdb/classify.asp
My number of listings for a state does not always match the number given on the BFRO site. Why? Because that number is the total number of listings under that state, and not all are reports, some are just general media articles on bigfoot. If they contained reports that were not listed in the upper section then I tried to count them in under the appropriate category (except for British Columbia CA). This wasn’t always easy, due to the wording of some articles. Also some reports in the articles were already included in the above section by BFRO. And some were counted twice as in a British Columbia 1934 report.
This is not the end-all database of bigfoot reports. But I believe it can be used to statistically represent the phenomenon in the United States. State and local Bigfoot organizations will have reports not included in the BFRO database. And there are encounters that never get reported. I have also come across articles that talk about “multiple reports” but do not give specifics.
A few reports listed on the database involve multiple encounters over years on a property.
The debunked National Guard chopper crash incident is still counted as a listing under Fannin County Georgia.
This is broken up into 3 posts.
Edited by QuiteContrary, 23 May 2013 - 10:50 PM.