The mythical “Bigfoot” (aka Sasquatch or Wendigo) is no stranger to the southeastern United States. Sightings of the large, ape-like humanoid continue to pop up from time to time, despite skeptics’ best efforts to debunk the beast’s existence.
A photo sent into Mountain Xpress this morning adds a new entry into the annals of Bigfoot’s exploits in the Southern Appalachians. The above still was taken from trail camera footage from 2012 by an Asheville resident, who requested we refer to him as “Jack“, on a game trail in a forested area near Pullen Road, outside of Sevierville, Tenn.
After reviewing the misplaced footage recently, he came across the large, hairy beast above cutting into the camera’s view. “I normally expect to see deer so this was really strange,” Jack says in an email. “I thought it definitely could not be a black bear, by the way it was walking.”
This isn’t the only Bigfoot sighting within WNC in recent years. Last August, The Asheville Citizen-Times released a video submitted by Boone resident Eric Walters, who claimed he may have caught a similar creature darting off into a field during a vacation in Henderson County.
In 2010, Cleveland County resident Tim Peelers claimed to have accidentally summoned a sasquatch while calling for coyotes. “This thing was ten-foot tall,” Peelers told a reporter at the time. “It had beautiful hair.”
Despite eye-witness accounts, most officials within the scientific world maintain that there is no evidence that such a creature has ever walked the face of the earth, let alone the hollows of Southern Appalachia. In 2014, researchers at Oxford University released the results of a 3-year DNA study on hair from “anomalous primates” collected across the world, concluding that none of the submitted samples came from an unknown primate species, according to an article from Time Magazine.
While the question of whether the creature captured above is a sasquatch, a confused bear or a prankster in a gorilla suit may never be answered, Jack says he likes to think it may have been the legendary Bigfoot.
As 19th century American author and philosopher Elbert Hubbard once said, “The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.”