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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
It means that any alleged evidence should be independently assessed and investigated in far greater detail.
Comment icon #65 Posted by DieChecker on 30 September, 2013, 0:42
Looking into the HopAmerica.com map a bit more, the reason Wyoming is shown as white (0 bears) is that the population size is apparently unknown. I'd would have added a footnote or such to show that myself. 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
I contacted Mr. Stevens who created the map. He used both "A" and "B" reports to compile the map data. Very poor choice for a map name and study, imo, for a "PhD candidate at Penn State with research interests inGIScience and visualization related to human-computer interactionand big data." Imo, the title of the map and frequent use of the word "sighting" is very misleading, and should have been clarified. And casts a shadow over the rest of his mapping data. I hate to beat a dead horse, but when it keeps getting back up: Even all "A" reports are not sightings of an animal. "B" reports include... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Myles on 1 October, 2013, 16:54
I contacted Mr. Stevens who created the map. He used both "A" and "B" reports to compile the map data. Very poor choice for a map name and study, imo, for a "PhD candidate at Penn State with research interests inGIScience and visualization related to human-computer interactionand big data." Imo, the title of the map and frequent use of the word "sighting" is very misleading, and should have been clarified. And casts a shadow over the rest of his mapping data. I hate to beat a dead horse, but when it keeps getting back up: Even all "A" reports are not sightings of an animal. "B" reports include... [More]
Comment icon #68 Posted by QuiteContrary on 1 October, 2013, 19:16
In that case, you may see one too!
Comment icon #69 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 1 October, 2013, 20:23
Comparing the distribution of Sasquatch sightings to a map of state population of black bears is not adequate comparison as there is no comparison to the black bear population distribution; i.e. while Texas is shown to have between 0-999 black bears, the map you posted doesn't show that they are apparently limited to the very NE portion of the state and are not present anywhere else. Michigan's black bears appear to be limited to the UP and upper LP, though I am aware of of at least one case where a black bear was seen not 60 miles from the Indiana border, it was identified as such and unfortu... [More]
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
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. 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. http:/... [More]
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
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. 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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