There is one question that always seems to come up in conversations about bigfoot and that is,”how do I know where to look?” well that is not an easy question to answer with any certainty. How can you determine a population density and location to find something that has never been proven to exist and so little is known about with any certainty? The answer is neither I nor anyone else can say for sure but I do have a system I use that seem to be quite affective most of the time. It all  depends on the habitat, availability of food/amount of difficulty finding food and other requirements of survival within an area with the least amount of caloric expenditure to maximal caloric intake. Basically speaking if the habitat in a certain area has the basic requirements needed and there have been sightings reported in that area then the chances are higher of there being a population of bigfoot in that area at least part of the year or all depending on the part of the country in question. A simple method I use to determine this when looking at areas I want to conduct research in is this. First I look at the amount of reported sightings in that area, then estimate that the amount of reports are probably in most cases about a fifth to a third of actual sightings or encounters depending on the area and the attitude/acceptance/willingness to talk about of the average people in that area. I read these reports and rule out any that has the potential of misidentification or hoax usually leaving about a third to a half. Then I look at a printed map of the area if possible to determine possible marked trails and routes, then I use google earth to study the lay out of the area, looking for waterways, ponds, ect. Often times there will be bodies of water that will be visible on an aerial map that will not be shown on a printed map, and depending on the area and its amount of human influence and difficulty getting to, there will sometimes be sources of water that few people even know are there. Once all this is determined, look for obvious wooded corridors from place to place, especially close to water and on the edges of woods/meadows. These areas are favored by deer and other potential prey, as well as being good locations to find many good edible plant species that could be utilized as a potential food source as well. Now with this information you are now ready to get into this area and scout it out making reference to what you find in person to what you expected to find due to the maps studied, sometimes there will be similarities and sometimes there will be major differences as well as anything out of the ordinary you may find as you scout the area.  You will want to keep note of all this information no matter how irrelevant it might seem at the time because much of it can be used later to make comparisons while looking over future discoveries in the area. After scouting the area on foot choose locations to place trail cameras for further information on local wildlife that may be captured on the cameras giving more information of potential food sources as well as potential reasons for certain things you might find while scouting the area, for example certain animals will leave sign behind that can easily cause confusion while analyzing certain things found. If you know that animal is present and that it makes this sign then you know not to consider it as possible bigfoot evidence.               


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