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Despite recent developments, good ol’ Sasquatch has remained off the radar for pretty much all time. But that probably won’t stop dedicated hunters and cryptozoology fans from seeking out the mother of all hypothetical apes in places like the Pacific Northwest.
But they might want to hurry and get their concrete footage, or else they might have to bring a passport: Some scientists think that the big, furry ape might move north into Canada as global warming raises North American temperatures.
Researchers in the field of environmental niche modeling correlate organism sightings with with geographical and climate data to figure out where certain species are located and where they might move. Using this technique, Queens College biologist (and gentle bigfoot skeptic) Mike Hickerson has theorized that if Bigfoot exists, he’s probably moving northward.
Of course, environmental niche modeling is usually applied to predict where endangered species might move as the climate around them changes, and it’s particularly useful in tracking intertidal creatures like barnacles.
But who’s to say Bigfoot isn’t endangered? Have you seen him lately? Exactly.
Is global warming forcing Bigfoot to move north? (SciAm)