CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WCNC-TV, CHARLOTTE) - The legend of Bigfoot is resurfacing in Western North Carolina. A man in Cleveland County says he encountered the mythic beast just last week.
Tim Peeler says he tried to call him, but thought at first he was calling coyotes, but he got something that frightened even this self proclaimed mountain man.
"This thing was 10 feet tall," said Peeler. "It had beautiful hair."
Sgt. Mark Self is a Cleveland County Deputy and says he didn't see the creature this time but remembers the stories of a Sasquatch when he was a kid.
"It was killing animals breaking into chicken houses, killing chickens," he says.
It's the same M.O. that Tim says he saw for himself: the Sasquatch going after his dogs.
"I come out here and rough talk him and run him off," he says.
Peeler got him to leave, called 911, then the creature came back!
"I said get away from here, get, get... and he went back down that path again," Peeler says.
Deputies filed a suspicious person report, and Peeler is still recalling the details.
"He looked like he had 6 fingers on each hand," says Peeler.
But even those sworn to serve and protect are left manning up for the cameras.
"It doesn't bother me now. I don't think there's anything to it," says Self.