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STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Swain County
LOCATION DETAILS: In Western North Carolina located near the town of Bryson City. Located off of US HWY 19/74 10-12 miles from Bryson City on Alarka Creek Road.
NEAREST TOWN: Bryson City NC
NEAREST ROAD: it was just plain roads to mountain
OBSERVED: I heard a few in Bryson City NC last week...I rented a cabin in the mountains to get away for a few days... our last night there me and my cousin couldn't sleep and woke up and watched tv in the living room... we heard something outside and I opened the side door and heard something 30 feet or more away from me grunting and screaming and ran thru the woods... I kept hearing whoop whoop for 2 hours after that like it was coming back and forth watching us... my brother and friend heard it as well... I did a call and it responded every time....it scared me to no end
ALSO NOTICED: Just branches breaking and grunting
OTHER WITNESSES: 4.... 2 were sleeping and other 2 were awake
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 4am
ENVIRONMENT: It was high in the mountains far from a town
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jeff Carpenter:
I contacted the witness by phone on March 17th. I found the witness to be very credible and honest in his report. Since it had only been a week from the incident he was still very emotional about what had happened. The area is located near National Forest property and very close to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. As stated by the witness, he could not sleep so he got up with his cousin and had turned on the lights to the living room and kitchen.
Having viewed pictures of this cabin, it has very large open windows in the living room and kitchen areas that open towards a very large deck. He stated that they began to hear a "grunting noise" and they could not figure out what it was. He proceeded to open the door to the deck and turn on the outside porch lights. Immediately a very loud "scream" was heard and they could hear something or somethings running through the woods breaking sticks and limbs.
The scream was so loud that the other members of their group that were sleeping were awakened by the sound. Within a few minutes, they begin to hear a "whooping" sound from two different directions. They decided to try the same sound back and got a response call back twice. This really made the group nervous as it responded directly to their attempts to call. The "whooping" sounds were heard off and on for about 2 hours until 6:30 a.m. He did make a point of stating that the "scream" was a very high pitched scream and very loud.
They had forgotten food items on the porch in a plastic storage bin with a candy bar half eaten on top of it. The food and candy bar were still there, untouched.
They did smell a foul odor, "like old garbage".
This location is high in elevation and very remote that has limited access from the public.
About BFRO Investigator Jeff Carpenter:
* Worked as a Parks and Recreation Director in North Carolina for 30 years.
* An Avid hunter and fisherman with a love for hiking and camping.
* His family has lived in the Mountains of WNC since the mid 1800's and he has a vast knowledge of this area and the Great Smoky National Park.
After finding things in my hunting areas that were out of the norm and that could not be explained, I began my search for answers.
* Attended the 2013 NC Expedition, 2014 Kentucky Expeditions, various private Expeditions in Kentucky, North Carolina and attended the 2015 Ohio Bigfoot Conference. Ten years of researching and studying Sasquatch.