Where has Bigfoot Been Sighted the Most? Washington, California, Pennsylvania Among Top States

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The legend of Bigfoot, the so-called "hairy giant" that stands "seven to nine feet tall and weighs between 600 and 900 pounds," according to the Unnatural Museum of History, and has been around since reported North American sightings in the 1800s.

Originally reported mostly in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, sightings of Bigfoot, also known by the Indian term "Sasquatch" since Native American cultures include legends of an ape-like creature that traversed forests, have in fact occurred throughout America, including in the East. Such reported sightings, which continue today, have helped keep the legend of Bigfoot alive and well.

"Bigfoot is America's most legendary creature and one that has always inspired more questions than answers," the History Channel writes. "Could something resembling a massive man-ape really be roaming forests and hiding in the shadows undetected? Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, there's something provocative about the idea that we could be living with an unseen monster."

That's why the Bigfoot Researchers Organization (BFRO) teamed up with the Travel Channel to crunch numbers to reveal the best places to see Bigfoot in the United States. The result, drawing from analysis of more than 23,000 sightings across the U.S., reveals the states where sightings are most likely to occur. The information was used on the Travel Channel program "In Search of Monsters" which debuted in April.

Here are the states most likely to produce a Bigfoot encounter according to reported sightings data:

  1. Washington (2,032 sightings)

"The most popular places to catch a glimpse include the Blue Mountains, Okanogan County - or better yet, Ape Canyon - the locale of one of the most aggressive Bigfoot encounters ever recorded," the Travel Channel reported. "In 1924, a group of miners reported being attacked by multiple sasquatch, which allegedly threw rocks at their cabin and tried to break in."

  1. California (1,697 sightings)

"California has long been home to the hairy cryptid," the Travel Channel said. "In fact, it was here, in 1958, when a construction worker named Jerry Crew stumbled upon massive footprints in a dirt road. He made casts using some of his construction equipment, and eventually, the story reached the media. The newspapers named this new creature Bigfoot ."

  1. Pennsylvania (1,340 sightings)
  2. Michigan (1,131 sightings)
  3. New York (1,068 sightings)
  4. Ohio (1,042 sightings)
  5. Oregon (1,009 sightings)
  6. Texas (806 sightings)

But it's not just North America where Bigfoot sightings occur. In China, sightings have been documented for many years, for instance.

The BFRO notes that while much about Bigfoot is that of legend, there are many facts that suggest people have seen something.

From the BRFO:

"It's a fact that for more than 400 years people have reported seeing large, hair-covered, man-like animals in the wilderness areas of North America.

"It is a fact that sightings of these animals continue today. Real or not, these reports are often made by people of unimpeachable character.

"It is a fact that, for over seventy years, people have been finding, photographing, and casting sets of very large human-shaped tracks. Most are discovered by chance in remote areas. These tracks continue to be found to this day."

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