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YEAR: 71' or 72'
STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Cleveland County
LOCATION DETAILS: On a ridge near Butler Knob.
NEAREST TOWN: Casar
NEAREST ROAD: NC 18
OBSERVED: The following was a sighting by my Father. It was about 1972 or 73'. First of all he told me that he had never heard of such sightings before. As my brother and I got a little older we started reading up on Bigfoot sightings and stories in books when we were still about 8 and 10 years old. Anyway, we learned that there had been sightings in the same area as my Father's after his, and he never knew anything about these reports. My Father is an avid outdoorsman and he is far from one who would fabricate something of this magnitude. All he can say to us is that he was deer hunting, in what is very remote country and still is today, and he was up on a mountain ridge. He said he saw something that at first glance he thought was a bear, but as he looked a little longer he realized that it wasn't. Keep in mind that he hadn't ever heard of Bigfoot before. I'm not sure how long the sighting lasted, but he said that it walked too far too long to be a bear. He said that it stopped and started messing with a tree limb and then turned and walked over the other ridge and never saw it again that day. He has not hunted there anymore since. His sighting happened before the others that made local news. I would also like to comment on the sighting that happened in Uwharrie National Forest. My Father, brother, and I hunt there and there is no doubt in my mind that the report made for that is true simply because there is so much remote country there. Not only on the Natl. Forest, but all the private land as well.
ALSO NOTICED: No
OTHER WITNESSES: No
OTHER STORIES: Yes. The aticle that you have about this area I saw years ago before I saw them here.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning
ENVIRONMENT: Very remote mountains.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone.
He stated that the animal was walking upright at a distance of about 400 yards from him. The witness was on a high ridge and he watched it walking on another ridge for about three or four minutes.
He noted that the animal was very large, being over seven feet tall and of a very dark color. He did not notice anything unsual about the manner in which it walked. Because of the distance involved, he was unable to see any facial details.
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org