Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Why so few reports from Quebec?

Possible sasquatch photographed in Quebec. more
The province of Quebec has similar land mass, population, and environmental conditions as Ontario. Yet there is remarkably few reports that are from Quebec. The BFRO lists 64 sightings in Ontario and only 4 from Quebec. The excellent website ontariosasquatch.com has documented over 70 sightings in Ontario and the sightings map shows at least a dozen of these sighting occur close to the Ontario-Quebec border. Mangani's Bigfoot Maps show incredible density of sightings in the north-east USA but very sparse sightings in Quebec.

How is it possible that so few sighting come from Quebec?


Hypothesis #1
People in Quebec speak predominantly French, therefore the sightings never get picked up by organisations like the BFRO due to language. Sightings are happening but they are not being reported.
  • No central French language database or researcher in Quebec. Researcher Alexandre Bilodeau has recorded 6 sighting and 6 possible sighting in Quebec. Another bilingual paranormal organisation in Quebec has never received a report in Quebec. There are a few more forum posts and similar reports in French that can be found. Overall, the total amount of reports online is remarkably low.
  • However, New Brunswick is a much smaller province but also largely Francophone has 7 reports from on the BFRO while Quebec only has 4. Remarkably, Malaysia has 36 and China 11 reports on the BFRO.  This suggests that language itself is not the problem. 
Hypothesis #2
Sasquatch is a myth. It has propagated in English speaking North Americans but has been incorporated to a much lesser degree in Francophone culture.
  • It seems that sasquatch is present in modern Quebec culture. Many sasquatch/bigfoot documentaries have been translated into French. There was a minor league basketball team called the Montreal Sasquatch. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that Quebec residents have knowledge of sasquatch, they must associate a hairy human-like creature walking in the woods with the word "bigfoot" or "sasquatch." This hypothesis doesn't really work either.
Hypothesis #3
There are environmental characteristics that cause sasquatch to be less prevalent in Quebec.
  • I am not familiar with any differences but it is possible.
  • I would actually expect Quebec to be better than Ontario because of more coastal areas with salmon rivers. Dr. Bindernagel has stated that sasquatch food sources probably include clams and salmon. 
This seems really bizarre. The truth might be some combination of all factors. For example, greater knowledge of sasquatch in English speaking regions leads to more "false" reports combined with real sightings going undocumented.

Popular evidence form Quebec: Possible photo, casts, Great North figure

5 comments:

  1. The Quebec photo doesn't quite look like a traditional 'squatch to me. The face is more like a canine or a baboon. Maybe a northern relative of the Beast of Bray Road or the Dogman?

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  2. That particular photo is a hoax!

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  3. If anyone is interested I live in Quebec and have had a few encounters and have a very good picture of a clear print taken may 29 2016...!
    Flagadapouet@gmail.com
    I will be glad to share.

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  4. BTW Sasquatch have been sighted in Quebec by natives but they usually keep it to themselves.
    Myself and 2 daughters & my niece got quite a scare a few years ago : This including vocalizations and a bowling ball size rock trowed a few feet in front of us. Do not know of any animal able to trow a rock this size and like a human, a very strong human...

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  5. Maybe it's the language/culture barrier, but there are many more reports in Quebec that don't get picked up by the BFRO, etc.

    This is a GREAT VID, and this guy investigated 24 "serious" reports from all over Quebec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT0oG0IMk44

    He also says that Quebecois are too afraid of ridicule and most sightings are kept quiet.

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