A paper from the Journal of Biogeography was published online today about ecological niche modeling the Sasquatch. While the name of the paper may excite a lot of cryptozoologists and Bigfoot believers, the authors use this oft-sighted-never-captured creature as a good example of why questionable occurrence data should always be taken with a grain of salt. The paper actually concludes by stating that based on the overlap of the predicted range of Satchmo and black bears, most of the sightings reported have been mistaken identities (although it is difficult to tell if they mean Bigfoot is really just a black bear, or if black bears are actually just really hairy cousins of ours).
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