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92 years of Bigfoot reports made in to a map

Posted on Monday, 23 September, 2013 | Comment icon 73 comments

Bigfoot sightings have been recorded for almost 100 years. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Ashley Chile Baz

Doctoral candidate Joshua Stevens has produced a detailed map of Bigfoot sightings in the US and Canada.

Sightings of large ape-like hominids have been reported across North America for decades, with groups such as the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) recording these sightings in a database spanning more than 90 years. Now a doctoral student at Pennsylvania State University has taken it upon himself to plot these reports on to a single map, providing a unique glimpse of the distribution of sightings across the continent.

In total the map covers 3,313 reports from 1921 to 2013, a feat made possible thanks to the BFRO's attention to detail and the fact that every report includes a time and geographic location.

Joshua's map can be viewed - here.

"Right away you can see that sightings are not evenly distributed," he wrote on his site. "There are distinct regions where sightings are incredibly common, despite a very sparse population. On the other hand, in some of the most densely populated areas sasquatch sightings are exceedingly rare."

Despite the time invested in producing the map however Joshua himself is somewhat skeptical. "Ultimately, Iím not convinced thereís a descendant of Gigantopithecus playing hide and seek in the Pacific Northwest," he wrote. "But if respectable folks like Survivorman Les Stroud and primatologist Jane Goodall believe thereís something more to the myth, I think itís at least worth putting on the map."

Source: Joshua Stevens | Comments (73)

Tags: Bigfoot

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #64 Posted by QuiteContrary on 29 September, 2013, 23:07
Comment icon #65 Posted by DieChecker on 30 September, 2013, 0:42
Isn't that typical? The population is unknown (bigfoot?) and so it is recorded as equaling zero....
Comment icon #66 Posted by QuiteContrary on 1 October, 2013, 13:23
Comment icon #67 Posted by Myles on 1 October, 2013, 16:54
In that case, you may see one too!
Comment icon #68 Posted by QuiteContrary on 1 October, 2013, 19:16
Comment icon #69 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 1 October, 2013, 20:23
No, it is not a flawed map. Wyoming may have a hunting season on bear. The problem is, they do not know if there is a bear population at all.
Comment icon #70 Posted by Myles on 1 October, 2013, 21:43
I don't think that any reasonable person can claim that bears do not play a factor in the amount of bigfoot sightings. How big or how small is the arguement.
Comment icon #71 Posted by DieChecker on 2 October, 2013, 1:18
From what I read on the Wyoming Fish and Game page they know there are a LOT of bears in the North West corner and a much less dense population that runs from the middle of the north border to the middle of the west border that stretches over toward the south east corner. Certainly at least several thousands of bears live there. There is two bear hunt seasons there with a total yearly limit of 198 FEMALE bears. No limit on male bears is published. (chart on page 3) Plus there is a bow hunting bear season on top of that. Seems like there are plenty of bears in Wyoming.
Comment icon #72 Posted by slaughtr on 2 October, 2013, 12:09
I don't think just anybody would do fake research on a subject as interesting as this based on sightings. Wether people want to disbelieve or see some sort of body I don't think hundreds of sightings are bs.If I saw a bigfoot wether anybody believed me or not wouldn't make a difference to me.What I do know is the bigfoot family is growing like it or not.
Comment icon #73 Posted by Myles on 2 October, 2013, 12:44
So you then believe in ghosts, UFO's (from another world), alien abductions, the Loch Ness monster, the chupacabra, yowie and many others?
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