A tourist vacationing near North Carolina’s Black Mountain range claims he saw something resembling Bigfoot last Thursday, and he managed to capture the entire “encounter” on video.
Eric Walters told WBTV that he had rented a cabin off North Carolina Highway 9 last week and was enjoying a quiet stay in the woods with his wife and friends. At the time, his biggest concern was not mythical creatures, but bears.
“Our neighbors told us there was some bear activity and to be cautious,” he said. “So, when [I] walked the trails I’ve kept my Yorkie, Zippy very close.”
Many wildlife experts advise against bringing dogs on hikes in bear territory, as dogs may instinctively provoke the larger animal and in many cases, result in the bear turning its attention on its owner. Perhaps fortunately for Walters, he did not run into any bears, but he may have found a Sasquatch. During a walk near the cabin on Thursday morning, Waters recorded video of what appears to be a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid walking upright. Whatever it was, it seemed to be inspecting Waters from a distance until Ziggy began barking, at which point it fled.
You can see the video below:
Understandably, many viewers expressed their skepticism of the sighting, including Waters himself.
“Either there’s a Sasquatch out there or someone is trying to play a practical joke,” Waters told the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Others speculated that it could have been a bear walking upright or just a man in a costume. Some claimed that the video was a marketing ploy for the cabin’s rental company, whose sign can be clearly seen in the video. The company, Carolina Mornings Inc., addressed the issue with a post to its Facebook but have not confirmed or denied any involvement in the video.
“Even Big Foot Wants to stay at our properties!!” the company stated online.
Whether or not the sighting is real, Walter’s encounter is yet more proof that Bigfoot remains North America’s most famous cryptid, and that interest is as high as ever in finding the furry creature.