It's pretty well documented on social media that people are spending more time in the woods during the pandemic. Heck, I've been out in the woods a bunch of times - most of that looking for golf balls that I've driven into the trees - but you get my point.   We've all seen pictures of families camping, hiking,  kayaking, etc. and that leaves me with one big, hairy, mysterious question: Why haven't there been more Bigfoot sightings? I don't want to be an alarmist, but I am slightly concerned.   I did a little research and was able to dig up all the known Bigfoot sightings in the Capital Region dating back over 50 years.  As it turns out, despite all the outdoor activity in Upstate New York during the pandemic, not a single person claims to have seen the large, hairy,  mythological beast we call Bigfoot. In fact, the last local claim came from a Whitehall man back in 2018.

According to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) the counties in the Capital Region with the most sightings ever are:

Warren and Washington Counties make up roughly 33% of the New York's total amount of Bigfoot sightings which isn't unusual considering all the forest up that way.  And let's not forget that Village of Whitehall (Washington County) named Sasquatch their community animal and hold annual Bigfoot festivals there.

So with everything going on so far in 2020, why the lack of sightings?  It's common knowledge that Bigfoot is the self-proclaimed "world's best social distancer" and perhaps with everything going on regarding Covid, perhaps Bigfoot families are becoming more cautious than ever for fear of getting sick.

Regardless of the reason why, the Capital Region is just a much better place with Bigfoot - or at least Bigfoot sightings - in it.

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