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Bigfoot Sightings Map: See 92 Years Of 'Squatch In The U.S., Canada By Josh Stevens (PHOTO)

09/21/2013 11:34 am ET | Updated Sep 21, 2013

Bigfoot is legendary in the Pacific Northwest, but he has also taken a liking to Florida over the past century.

At least according to a project by Josh Stevens, who mapped out every Bigfoot sighting compiled by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization from 1921 to 2012. The Pennsylvania State University doctoral candidate admits that the rise in 'Squatch sightings since the 1970s could have had more to do with the release of Bigfoot B-movies at the time, but he says the distinct regions where sightings occur are interesting.

PHOTO: "Sasquatch Sightings" map by Josh Stevens
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"Right away, you can see that sightings are not evenly distributed," Stevens writes on his website. "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. The terrain and habitat likely play a major role in the distribution of reports."

He mapped out 3,313 data points showing sightings across the U.S. The Ohio River Valley, central Florida and the West Coast appear to be the big guy's favorite hangouts.

Of course, Stevens doesn't know if there's an ape-like creature traipsing around our wilderness, but he said the fact that Jane Goodall believed in Bigfoot is "at least worth putting on the map."

Readers of HuffPost Weird News know that Bigfoot sightings are a dime a dozen. One researcher even claims to have proven Bigfoot's existence through DNA testing, though many researchers claim her data is bogus. In any case, Stevens' research will only embolden the search, as now Bigfoot hunters know exactly where to look.

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