Monday, April 9, 2012

Finding Maine’s Bigfoot

The state of Maine is comprised of approximately 35,387 square miles. Most of this land consists of rugged and unclaimed wilderness; with barely 10 percent of the state considered urban or “civilized”. The remaining ninety percent of the state is heavily forested and comprised of thousands of miles of spruce thickets, cedar swamps and endless expanses of impenetrable woods were a man could walk for weeks and never encounter any other sign of human existence. In fact, Maine was recently voted "Most Rural State".

Included within these vast expanses are twelve million unpopulated acres, in the northern most part of the state, so remote and undisturbed, that many areas still have not received proper naming conventions. There currently exist unorganized townships in Maine, only identifiable by numerical classifications. It is not uncommon, when exploring these remote sections of wilderness, to identify were you are by saying you are in *T3 R10. (*Standing for Township and Range).

Within this largely unexplored wilderness, scientists hypothesize that potentially hundreds of life forms exist that have yet to be identified. Though most of these unnamed species of flora and fauna are certain to be plants, insects or perhaps even a few small rodents, other professionals argue that something much larger, as yet undiscovered creature prowls in the dark Maine woods.

Throughout Maine’s past, many sighting have occurred, by a large number of individuals, describing having seen a creature that doesn’t easily fit into the standard confines of Maine flora and fauna. These people, many from well-respected professional level backgrounds, have reported seeing humanoid like creatures lurking in the Maine woods. All descriptions seem to coincide, depicting a large, hairy animal with “humanlike” characteristics and walking on two legs. Though given many names, including Ridge Monster, Durham Gorilla, Maine Mutant, Turner Beast, Greene Monster, Leeds Loki, ultimately what locals are depicting is the infamous missing link or more commonly named Bigfoot.

Over the years, many of these sightings have been categorized and cataloged on various websites, in an attempt to better understand the patterns and behaviors of these mysterious creatures. Dating back to the original sightings made in the early 1800’s and consistently reported up to present day, these reports provide valuable pieces to the puzzle.

By retrieving, compiling and mapping this online information, a pattern emerges and one can easily begin to determine the Maine counties with the highest concentrations of reported Bigfoot sightings. Through this review, it is not surprising to note that the areas of the state with the largest human population densities seem to enjoy the highest incidence of Bigfoot sightings. I conclude that this is likely because these areas have more people exploring the neighboring woods and therefore increased chances of an encounter. More remote and less populated areas of the state are likely to harbor Bigfoot type creatures but because of low population densities they are never seen. The classic, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it doesn’t make a sound!

Big Foot Sighting Concentrations by County:
1. Kennebec - RED
2. Cumberland - RED
3. York - RED
4. Somerset - RED
5. Androscoggin - YELLOW
6. Oxford - YELLOW
7. Piscataquis - YELLOW
8. Sagadahoc - Green
9. Lincoln - Green
10. Knox - Green
11. Hancock - Green
12. Penobscot - Green
13. Aroostook - Green
14. Franklin - Green
15. Washington (None)
16. Waldo (None)

Tracking Maine’s Bigfoot is not a task for the faint hearted. Given the vast tracts of unpopulated wilderness that exist, cryptozoological explorers will want to be proficient with a map and compass and carry proper survival gear before venturing into the woods. Bigfoot explorers, interested in coming to Maine and tracking this elusive creature, are encouraged to drop me a comment on this post requesting additional information on specific areas to begin your search!

While visiting Maine, be sure to stop by and see the Cryptozoology Museum in Portland. It contains a large number of interesting Bigfoot artifacts and even boasts an 8 foot tall Bigfoot replica that is sure to impress. Please check the link provided above for times open and admission pricing.

Check out interesting areas where BIG FOOT might lurk with the help of: One Minute Hikes Map
Helpful BIGFOOT Links:
Bigfoot Stalks the Coast of Maine


  1. Geeze..Thanks a lot! Now I'll be looking behind me all the time when tracking a big buck! :-)

  2. I can definitely confirm a female bigfoot sighting at Rollies Bar and Grill in Belfast some years back, just about at last call! "Don't the Bigfoots all get prettier at closing time..."

    1. PBM, Yes, I believe I may have had the same sighting at Rollies! Closing time is when all of the "Bigfoots" along with the rest of the animals look for love!

    2. Listen, they have a hard time getting razors up there - Reny's keeps running out.

  3. Now that is funny penbayman. I don't believe in bigfoot but I do hold on hope that they are alive and well, just as long as they are not in my backyard.

    1. Passinthru, Don't encourage PBM by saying he is "funny" that is only sure to encourage more bad behavior!

  4. PM, Just remember he will likely be more scared of you than you are of him! LOL!

  5. I seen one of these creatures at E.B.S in Calais the other day. We call him the 'grey silverback" but I believe he's a bigfoot...

    1. Tim,

      Yes, that is one seriously deranged missing link.

  6. We took a trip to the museum last summer. What a fun place! Precious, my youngest daughter, strives to be "the person" who finally gets definitive proof of Bigfoot. She loved it.

    1. I need to take mine next time I am down that way. I would love to see the 5 year old's mouth drop open seeing the giant Bigfoot!

  7. I got your tweet about the museum awhile back, it's definitely on the 'rainy day' list for this summer. As for bigfoot in the backyard, I hope to heck not. The boy is hooked on "Finding Bigfoot" (Animal Planet) and keeps letting these long-winded "AAHHHAWOOOOOOOOOO" noises out the back door. I can't imagine what he would do if something answered back.

    1. HA! That is funny. You need a game call. The next time he hollers out the back door you hit the button and send a growling noise to a remote speaker. Boy will be hiding under the couch for a week! :)

    2. Now THAT is an excellent idea. I bet I don't even need a game call! HA!


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