Scientist says most Bigfoot sightings have this simple explanation

For centuries, the mystery surrounding Bigfoot has captured the imaginations of people across North America, but a data analyst now says there may be a simple mathematical equation to explain the sightings. see.

In a new preprint study published online in bioRxiv, data analyst Floe Foxon writes that multiple sightings of elusive Sasquatch-like figures may actually be bipedal black bears. after.

The study, poetically titled “If It Was There, Could It Be a Bear?”, suggests that Bigfoot sightings believed to be in Canada and the United States tend to increase when there are more black bears. .

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“Sasquatch sightings were statistically significantly associated with bear populations with, on average, one ‘seeing’ for every 900 bears. Based on statistical considerations, it is likely that many would argue that Sasquatch are indeed misidentified known forms,” wrote Foxon.

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To arrive at his conclusions, Foxon reviewed existing Sasquatch sightings data across North America, performed statistical tests on bear populations in each province and state, and adjusted land area and population.

A map created to support his findings shows that Bigfoot sightings overlap with black bear populations, particularly on the West Coast.

Choropleth map for reported sasquatch, black bear (Ursus americanus) and human populations in the United States and Canada.

Floe Foxon

However, Florida and Texas seem to report a lot of Sasquatch sightings despite low numbers of black bears, and Floxon explains that in those cases, people are likely to spot other animals or even maybe even others.

“Usually, when people say they’ve seen something like Bigfoot, they’re not lying about what they think they’ve seen,” he told The Telegraph. “But that doesn’t mean they weren’t mistaken.”

And while Foxon has offered a plausible explanation for the Bigfoot sighting, there’s another mythical monster folk tale he can’t explain.

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In a separate preprint paper, also published online in bioRxiv, Foxon again uses mathematics to prove that the Loch Ness monster is probably not an eel, as many have suggested. hypothesis for many years.

He told the Telegraph that spotting a 3-foot eel in the lake would be a 1 in 50,000 chance, so spotting an animal close enough to be even considered Nessie’s size in will basically be zero.

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Foxon told the Telegraph that although the chances of finding either one were “very unlikely”, “it would be arrogant to say there is no chance”.

Foxon’s theory probably won’t stop people from continuing their efforts to prove Bigfoot’s existence. For decades, enthusiasts have hunted the monster in folklore in hopes of capturing closed-door photographs or video footage.

And while more and more North Americans have become interested in the monster’s existence over the years, legends in Canada are rooted in Indigenous and First Nations histories that regard mythical creatures as spirits. sacred.

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Each tribe has its own set of beliefs. To the West Coast Country of Sts’alies, the Sasquatch is the protector of their land and an unalterable entity, while the Haida regard it as a supernatural being to be respected.

To date, wildlife government agencies in Canada have not acknowledged the existence of the Sasquatch and the mythical creature remains the subject of bonfire stories and conspiracy theorists.

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