We really want to believe in Bigfoot.
The idea a massive ape is wandering around the American wilderness shunning modern humanity but showing itself just enough to drive rumour mills into overdrive every so often has a certain allure.
Now a map that shows every sighting of Bigfoot - or Sasquatch as he's called in the US - in 92 years could provide an inkling of support for the mythical beast.
Right away you can see that sightings are not evenly distributed. At first glance, it looks a lot like a map of population distribution. After all, you would expect sightings to be the most frequent in areas where there are a lot of people. But a bivariate view of the data (right) shows a very different story.
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.
I don’t have a really good explanation for this. These are sasquatch sightings we’re talking about and I’m way out of my area of expertise (do bigfoot experts exist?). But it’s clear that if the legendary biped is real, it’s thriving out west.
Bigfoot sighting continue to be reported. The most recent was a couple of months ago in British Columbia (see video above).