Friday, April 06, 2012

Predicting the Distribution of Sasquatch in Western North America

This well researched article was written tongue-in-cheek for the Journal of Biogeography by three gentleman: J.D. Lozier from the University of Illinois, Department of Entomology, Pete Aniello from ESRI Professional Database Services and M.J. Hickerson from the Biology Department at Queens College City University of New York in Flushing, New York.

In the report the authors compare the distribution of Bigfoot sightings with an ENM (ecological niche model) for the black bear, Ursus Americanus, and suggest that "many sightings of this cryptozoid may be cases of mistaken identity".

The authors were not writing an article on how to document the presence of Sasquatch, but to educate researchers on how to utilize and process information in a database to rule out causes for error or misinformation.

"Although it is possible that Sasquatch and Ursus Americanus share such remarkably similar bio-climatic requirements, we nonetheless suspect that many Bigfoot sightings are, in fact, of black bears".

You can read the entire article as a pdf here:

Acknowledgment goes to Rebekah Sisk for sharing this article with me.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Tracking the Sasquatch

Barbara Wasson Butler, using the name Barbara Wasson, was an insightful Bigfool investigator. She lived in Bend, Oregon, and investigated cases throughout the Pacific Northwest. Wasson received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California-Berkeley in 1948, and her master's in psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1962. She spent her professional career in clinical work in Missouri and Oregon. For years she maintained a private practice as a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, but in her spare time, she pursued Bigfoot passionately. Wasson's initial book was the first to detail her thoughts on the researchers as well as the cryptids being researched. She was known for her pointed criticism of some fellow members of the Bigfoot community, whose disagreements prevented, in Wasson's judgment, the sort of teamwork essential to productive investigative efforts. Because of her clinical training and telling remarks, her book serves as one of the few examples of an attempt to analyze the field psychologically. She died on October 9, 1998, after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. - ---

Read her story here @

She also wrote Sasquatch Apparitions which highlights the lives and personalities of several prominent Bigfoot researchers.