Image courtesy of joshuastevens.net
The large, hairy, humanoid creature that supposedly lurks in the Pacific Northwest of Canada and the United States has been spotted. Apparently, it’s been spotted more than 3,000 times.
Using data compiled by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (yes, it exists), Penn State Ph.D. candidate Josh Stevens — who specializes in big data, maps and visualizations — geoplotted every Sasquatch sighting since 1921. Looking at reported sightings compared to population density, he found distinct, sparsely populated regions with regular sightings, and densely populated areas where sightings were rare.
“You would expect sightings to be the most frequent in areas where there are a lot of people,” Stevens wrote about the project. “The desire to find, or think you saw, bigfoot might be especially high if you’ve heard tales of giant, ape-like creatures calling the place you’re in home. A combination of environment and legend likely combine to at least put wary outdoorsmen on the lookout.”