Gizmodo highlights work from Josh Stevens, a PhD candidate at Penn State, who has mapped sightings of Bigfoot based on Bigfoot Field Research Org data
Here is Josh’s web site for more: ‘Squatch Watch: 92 Years of Bigfoot Sightings in the US and Canada – Joshua Stevens.
Through archival work and reports submitted directly to their website, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has amassed a database of thousands of sasquatch sightings. Each report is geocoded and timestamped. Occasionally, even photos and videos of the alleged evidence are included. I’m not quite sure how I stumbled across this, but I’m glad I did.
After crawling the data and converting it to a more convenient format, I mapped and graphed all 3,313 sightings that were reported from 1921 to 2013.
Josh says the analysis and map production was done in ArcGIS and then styled in Photoshop. The graph was done in Illustrator. He does not know what the data means since he is not well versed in Bigfootology but the map does look more or less like a population distribution map, as it should. There are less populated areas that are high density sightings but that is also to be expected due to the pop culture influence from Bigfoot. What does this tell us? Actually, not all that much. 3313 “sightings of bigfoot” have not been confirmed by much of any worthwhile physical evidence to back up the stories. I bet you could have mapped fairy sightings in Europe back in the day had this technology been available.
I like that we have a number on the sightings. It’s actually a bit less than I would have guessed in 92 years. My main question, why has no “bigfoot” researcher ever done this? This is commonly available software.