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05/29/2013 01:54 pm ET | Updated May 30, 2013

Best States For Bigfoot: The Best Places To Spot The Elusive Ape-Man (PHOTOS)

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Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. Skunk Ape.

No matter what it's called, cryptozoologists (and wanna-be cryptozoologists) across North America have been obsessed with finding the elusive giant ape-man in the wilds of the country's forests for generations.

Even though Bigfoot sightings have been recorded in every state in the country, except Hawaii, not all Bigfoot habitats are created equal. Real estate blog Estately has crunched the numbers and compiled a list of the best states for Bigfoot to live based on the number of sightings, forest cover, (human) population density, proliferation of roadkill and state laws governing the hunting of mythological creatures.

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For anyone who's never watched Harry and the Hendersons, stumbled across Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" or camped out the in the woods for two weeks with little but a digital camera and some beef jerky, Bigfoot is a large, hairy ape-like create that supposedly inhabits the temperate forests of the United States and Canada.

While most biologists discount the existence of Bigfoot as a popular delusion, reports of Bigfoot on the North America continent have stretched back hundreds of years, with Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest recording sightings for centuries.

One of the most popular theories that Bigfoot is a descendant of Gigantopithecus, a species of giants ape that lived in Asia up until 100,000 years ago, and traversed the land bridge across the Bering Straight around the same time as the first humans.

Check out Estately's list of the best places to spot Bigfoot:

Best States For Bigfoot

Correction: The slideshow originally referred Jeff Meldrum as a professor at University of Idaho instead of Idaho State University.

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