Bigfoot: Why Ohio?
Jay, Ohio Bigfoot Group Founder
We are Ohio Bigfoot, our coverage area is southwest Ohio.. but in order to better understand Sasquatches in Ohio, let's explore what the Buckeye State has to offer as a whole.
Depending on what reporting body (or bodies) you check, Ohio ranks anywhere from 3rd to 7th in the nation in reported Bigfoot sightings. Until there is an official Sasquatch Census in the US, we will never know for sure where this state actually stands in that ranking but the question we can explore is "Why?" So...why Ohio?
The theory has been introduced and holds some credibility that states with higher annual precipitation have an increased amount of reported Sasquatch activity.
This does not mean that states that do not boast a lot of annual rain are void of Sasquatch sightings, but it can not be disputed that areas of greater rainfall have more.
(Is it merely coincidence that Bigfoot sightings seem to coincide with annual precipitation when you look at a rainfall map (above) with a map of US Bigfoot sightings (below)?
You be the judge!)
Ohio sits about average for the eastern United States if you use the above precipitation map as a guideline. Back to Ohio...
Using the precipitation guidelines, then the same should hold true for reports specifically in Ohio. Oddly enough it does, seeing the annual rainfall, one would figure that northwest Ohio should not get as many reports as southeast Ohio and this holds true. It is especially exciting for us at Ohio Bigfoot because this map says that Brown and Clermont Counties would be among the highest in the state. During the duration of our research we have discovered that, as far as reports coming into us, Brown County does have significantly more reports in our area.
It's simply not enough to receive enough rainfall each year, of course other things have to be present. As anyone who lives in Ohio knows there is plenty of food sources that a Sasquatch could potentially use. Obviously we are speculating as to what Sasquatches may eat because we have never observed them for long enough to get a 100% factual diet... but Sasquatches could easily consume deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrel, and other game animals. Corn readily grows in Ohio as does soybeans, there are orchards, and countless wild edibles as well... not to mention many places to scavenge our leftovers.
What else may keep a breeding population of Bigfoots in Ohio?
How about the people population?
People may live in all areas of Ohio but as you can see, people are mostly lumped in or around major cities like Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Youngstown, etc. These areas also have fewer Sasquatch sightings (again, this is not to say they don't have any, just fewer than more rural areas).
So far we have food, rain, and fewer people. It's starting to sound good to be a Sasquatch in Ohio. What else would we need? Water!
There is little question that a lot of Sasquatch encounters happen around waterbodies. The above map is just of the major rivers and creeks in Ohio... now mind you this is just the major lakes, rivers, and creeks. This map does not show the small creeks, ponds, lakes, etc. spread throughout Ohio. So, while a high average annual precipitation rate is good... having somewhere for it to collect and flow is excellent.
Ohio's terrain could be another pointing factor. As you can see, the further south and east you go, the more deeply wooded Ohio becomes. No doubt Sasquatches are reported mostly in heavily wooded areas and in Ohio, there is plenty.
So what do we get from all this? It's very easy to speculate that Bigfoots like rain, food, few people, water, and cover. Is it just irony that the southeastern portion of Ohio is the best combination of these things and the highest reporting area in Ohio?
Again, this is not to say that Sasquatches aren't reported all over the state, so no matter where in Ohio you may be you very well could catch a glimpse of one so this is not to discourage someone who lives in northwestern Ohio from searching by any means. This is simply to attempt to use speculation in conjunction with science to pinpoint areas where more activity may take place due to ideal conditions and possibly give us all a better idea of where to continue the search.