foxcharlotte - About an hour east of Charlotte, Troy, NC has a population of just over 3000, residents say everyone knows their neighbor. That was until super bowl Sunday when someone spotted a hairy beast.
"Sasquatch, Bigfoot, in Florida they call it the skunk ape, in the Appalachians and in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky it's known as the Wollybooger," says John Pate.
Whatever you call it, residents say they have proof it exists with pictures of 17 inch footprints.
"When I came out the stretch between the prints is 10 to 12 feet, you know that's a pretty big stretch," said Leonard Braley. Strides that are too big to be a human says the B.F.R.O. or the Bigfoot Field Research Organization.
"Every state, except Hawaii, has had some type of Sasquatch/ Bigfoot sighting," said John Pate who is an investigator with the B.F.R.O. and is certain between 3 and 6 thousand big foot creatures exist in North America. "They are very very intelligent they have great eyesight they have great hearing and they know how to survive," said Pate. He says they often communicate by knocking on wood.
Bigfoot also reportedly eats plants and meat and throws rocks at campers.
One hundred fifty people showed up at a planning meeting Tuesday night where Pate and others organized a grid search. That search will happen on Saturday.
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wxii12 - The quest to find the mythical Bigfoot continued in Montgomery County on Tuesday night.
Producers, actors and the crew from Animal Planet met with members of the community at the Troy Fire Department from 6 to 9 p.m. to share their Bigfoot encounters.
There have been several alleged sightings in the Uwharrie National Forest.
Michael Greene has been hunting Bigfoot for 20 years and helped organize a search party with film crews from the cable channel.
Greene said he has video of a mysterious apelike creature and said he even knows Bigfoot's favorite treat.
On Saturday, searchers will head into the forest to try to flush the big guy out.
wxii12 - Is the legendary Bigfoot a Tar Heel? A Salisbury man thinks so, and he's trying to prove it.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Michael Greene plans to lead an expedition Saturday in search of Bigfoot in the Uwharrie National Forest in Montgomery County. Greene says he shot three minutes of video of a creature he thinks was Bigfoot in the national forest two years ago.
A crew from the cable channel Animal Planet will join the expedition. The channel is making a series on reputed Bigfoot sightings around the country.
If the fabled animal is in the Uwharrie, it's doing a good job of hiding. At just under 79 square miles, it's the smallest of North Carolina's four national forests.
NOTE: is this 'expedition' for finding actual evidence...or more about 'Animal Planet' being in town? I guess we'll need to wait and see...Lon
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