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FINDING BIGFOOT: Map plots points of US sightings

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Anyone who has ever wanted to go off in search of bigfoot can now consult a map created by a Penn State student who plotted out all the sightings across the United States.

There are some definite patterns, and several points in both Minnesota and Wisconsin -- but only an elite club of people can claim an actual sighting themselves.

According to a database called the Bigfoot Research Organization, there have been 55 sightings in Minnesota. That puts the state behind Wisconsin's 70 and also behind Iowa's 61; however, the only sightings included are those that have been officially reported.

In total, the doctoral student found 3,300 reported sightings and plugged each into a mapping program to see if there were any common stomping grounds. The results indicate there may very well be.

Chad Lewis has interviewed those who have claimed to have spotted bigfoot for his road guides to mysterious creatures in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"If they're not seeing an unknown creature, what are they seeing?" he asked.

Lewis recalled one story from a man he interviewed near Hayward, Wis.

"He was out hunting and he said he had a bigfoot creature in his scope," he said. "He told me he was just about to pull the trigger, but then he had a thought in his mind -- that, 'Wait a minute. What if it's someone in a suit? What if it's someone hoaxing?'"

That certainly does happen. The bigfoot craze hit a fever pitch in the 70s with a famous film clip that was later proven to be a hoax. Interest has rekindled over the last decade, and there continue to be people who find footprints like one photographed near Afton -- and YouTube videos like the one taken near Stillwater. Yet, there still is no definitive proof.

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