Geographical Index > United States > North Carolina > Henderson County > Report # 2054|
Submitted by witness on Sunday, March 25, 2001.
Tracks found before Christmas, near Hendersonville
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STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Henderson County
LOCATION DETAILS: My apartment complex is located on the side of a small mountain in Henderson county, on the outskirts of Hendersonville. There are a lot of woods in the area and some houses and other apartment buildings. My building is small (six units)and situated by itself. There is a steep hill directly behind my building and directly in front of it. The building itself sits on a "lip" on the side of the mountain.
NEAREST TOWN: Between Hendersonville, NC and Mountain Home, NC
NEAREST ROAD: US 25 North
OBSERVED: I submitted a report earlier on in the year and have already discussed this incident with a researcher (while we were talking about my first report), but I will submit this second report regardless.
I was in my apartment one evening in December, 2000, around 7:30 in the evening. We were having a snow storm and it was raging outside. Suddenly my dog, who is normally pretty laid-back unless there is something weird going on, went absolutely NUTS and tried to break through my sliding glass door, barking, clawing and growling. She is very gentle with people and loves just about everybody, so this clued me into the fact that there was probably an animal outside, which stuck me as unusual since she has never reacted like THAT to any animal; usually she woofs a little or gives curious little whines. My brother looked at me and said, "What is THAT all about?" I told him that I thought that there was probably an animal outside and not to worry about it.
At about 10:00 in the evening I took my dog out to do her business. As soon as we got to the yard I noticed very unusual tracks in the snow. Unfortunately, it was pretty late and the snow had been blowing for 2 1/2 hours, so I could not decifer any particular features, toes nor boot sole patterns. All I could see were footprint indents. They were unusual because they were so huge, deep and spread apart. Initially I thought that my neighbor's boyfriend was probably outside earlier in the evening, but then I realized that that would be ridiculous. For one thing, his feet aren't that large, and the prints could have been from a size 14 or 15 shoe, and why in the world would he be walking around at night in the middle of a snowstorm? For another thing, he is not THAT tall; I put my heavy hiking boot, woman's size 9, up next to the prints and they could have swallowed my boots 2 1/2 times. I also mimicked the gait to see if I could guess-timate about how tall the individual was. My legs had to spread 4-5 feet apart just to keep in step with the prints. I also noticed that there was only one set of tracks going in one direction---from a deep part of the woods, across the lawn, and over a bank and into the woods again. I deduced from the drifts that the prints had been made within two to three hours, exactly the same time my dog went nuts earlier in the evening. I could have kicked myself for not checking it out when it happened.
ALSO NOTICED: I have heard something large and heavy moving through the woods since the incident. It may have been deer. Also, yesterday (3/23/01) I noticed a feral of wild dogs yelping and running through the woods away from something. They were crying like a dog might that had been hit by a car.
OTHER WITNESSES: My brother witnessed my dog barking and growling. My nieghbor's dog also went nuts at exactly the same time that my dog did (we compared notes later). Her dog is similar to mine in that he doesn't get upset over things easily, loves people, is laid-back, etc.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Dark, late in the evening, snow storm
ENVIRONMENT: Woods, mountainous, some houses.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Ron B.:
I spoke with the witness during our first contact about this incident.
The stride of the tracks, leads me to believe them to be a possible sasquatch, even though there was a wind/snow storm obscuring the track details.
About BFRO Investigator Ron B.:
Ron B is a former Military Police Officer, and a former State Correctional Officer. He has worked for a private investigator, and a detective agency. He has been a camper since a child, and an avid outdoorsman, hunting , and boating background. He was in the Scouting program until the age of 18, when he joined the US Army.