Don't think the Bigfoot publicized in Place's previous two books on the subject is limited to the Northwest; hairy monsters have been sighted all over the country since the times of early settlement, though their population seems to have proliferated since Patterson's 1967 film. Evidence mounts and becomes daily harder to ignore, says Place, whose state-by-state roundup finds most of the sighted monsters harmless, though one reached his hand through a car window and shook the head of the teenage girl driving, and another reached out to grab a four-year-old boy. Many turn up under bridges, and several witnesses have mentioned a ""terrible odor."" Then there's the sideshow creature Oliver, whose blood tested out at 47 chromosomes whereas chimps have 48 and humans 46. Some Bigfoots have even been associated with UFOs; one witness swears he saw such a takeoff. Could these creatures have come from outer space? No such thing has ever happened, says Place, establishing her credibility as a non-crackpot. Remember, ""meticulous and finicky"" researchers take Bigfoot seriously. If you don't, tune in on the Pittsburgh radio talk-show host who gets so many stories phoned in that ""less and less doubt"" remains. Now there's some finicky research for you.