Skip to comments.Cleveland County man reports encounter with Bigfoot (NC)
Posted on 06/15/2010 3:45:23 PM PDT by jazusamo
He was 10 feet tall, with a long beard and yellowish-blond hair, Tim Peeler says.
And in the early-morning hours of June 5, Peeler told authorities, the creature a Cleveland County version of Bigfoot wandered onto Peelers property in the rural northwest part of the county.
The Cleveland County Sheriffs Office has filed the case as a suspicious person report but says it is keeping an open mind.
Peeler lives on Vanada Drive, northwest of the town of Casar. There is little or no civilization between his property and South Mountain State Park, one of North Carolinas least-developed recreational sites. He told deputies he heard screeching and grunting sounds, came outside his cabin, and saw the creature near his mountain home. Peeler told authorities he thought the creature might be menacing his dogs.
I rough-talked him and said, You get away from here, he told NewsChannel 36, the Observers news partner.
Peeler, who said the creature had six fingers on each hand, told WCNC the Bigfoot left his property but came back a short time later.
And I said, Get! Get! And he went back down the path again, Peeler told the TV station.
These reports arent new to Cleveland County, although it has been three decades since Knobby the countys other well-publicized Bigfoot was in the news.
In the winter of 1978 and 79, a number of people in the area near Carpenters Knob, north of Kings Mountain, reported seeing a large creature with long back hair, walking on two legs. Authorities surmised residents were seeing a large black bear, but the reports persisted.
One property owner reported one of his goats died of a broken neck, and newspaper stories from the time report of manhunts or Bigfoot hunts by some of the areas braver residents. Those stories tell of large footprints being found, and of theories that the creature might have been a panther.
Reports of the sightings died out in the spring of 1979, however.
The sheriffs office says it patrols the area near Peelers property regularly.
If we see something, well try to capture it and take it into custody, Sgt. Mark Self told NewsChannel 36.
The sheriffs office says residents should use caution around any creatures in case they find themselves dealing with a not-so-friendly bear.
NewsChannel 36 contributed.
Big John Studd
Winters in NC and summers in Northwest
oh thats just so wrong!
Has anyone seen my mother in law?
Bigfoot must be hiding somewhere.
This is 28 miles from my house.
Time to go hide under the bed!
I live in WA state and that critter probably migrated from here to NC.
I remember a bigfoot scare around Knob Hill near the Cleveland/Lincoln County line in the late 70’s. I was a little kid living nearby at the time and I was scared. The critter ended up being someone’s sheep dog that had wondered away from home. I guess a sheep dog would look like Bigfoot to a bunch of drunks on Saturday night.
Maybe Peeler heard about that to, I think some sheep dogs have yellowish-blond hair. I believe he might a great story teller. :-)
I always thought Big John Studd’s “interviews” were funny, but for me, Mean Gene Okerlund (sp?) stole the show all the time. That guy cracked me up. I learned how to feign shock and amazement watching him.
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