A bipedal ape between 6 and 10 feet tall inhabits the dense brush of the Pacific Northwest of the United States. A hominid? A giant ape? Science has yet to fully discover its origin. However, one thing is for sure: Bigfoot evidence is of the abundance. Evidence of the creatures go back to the 1900s. In 1914, a Tsimshen tribe ceremonial mask depicting an ape-like man was collected in Northern British Columbia, where Bigfoot sightings occur daily ( Meldrum 49). Stories of a hairy wild man can be associated with Mongolian tribal documents in the 19th century (Meldrum 37) as well as Linnaeus’s manlike creatures drawn by Hoppius in the 17th century which portray an unknown manlike creature called “Trogodyte” (Meldrum 36). Such ancient recordings of this mysterious creature have existed for hundreds of years and native tribes have been significant in revealing the clues to Bigfoot’s mystery. Moskowitz of the Yocut tribe speaks of a hairy man who comes to the river at night to catch the animals that drink there. He warns, “Do not bring your children to the river at night because Bigfoot may eat them” (Meldrum87).
Based on evidence, sightings, and native stories, Bigfoot seems to have been assigned a residence in the dense forest of the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America. However, different countries around the world have had sightings very similar to the U.S reports. Below is a list of the U.S. states with the highest sightings of the creature reported to the Bigfoot Field Researching Organization. Researchers believe there is a strong correlation between annual Bigfoot sightings and annual rainfall.
Top states in the U.S. with sightings
New York 103
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