Has Knobby migrated to McDowell County? Or is it shaman shenanigans?

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C.  —  John Bruner of Marion, the leader of a local group that tracks Bigfoot in the North Carolina mountains reported a sighting over the past weekend.  Last Friday night around 11 p.m. in a wooded area in McDowell County a team of seven people spotted the legendary hairy tall bipedal creature.

The team scattered glow sticks in hopes to attract the attention of a Bigfoot. Then someone–or something–threw rocks at them. The team reported  a large animal covered in hair that took off running.

The story took a strange twist when visitor Gawain MacGregor claimed he was mistaken for Bigfoot last Friday night. He was participating in a “sacrament” of “wearing of hair-covered animal skins and wandering in the forest”. The 36-year-old, who was on holiday from Minnesota, writes on his blog about his personal belief in Bigfoot, or “the divine nature of sasquatch”, as he calls it.

This is not the first and possibly not the last sighting of the legendary creature that people around here call Knobby.  Over 30 years ago, folks in rural Cleveland County spoke about a strange creature spotted lurking around the foothills there. People called the creature Knobby because it had been seen around Carpenter’s Knob, just north of Kings Mountain. During the winter months of 1978 and 1979, the counties were abuzz about reports of Knobby who was  described as a 200-pound, 6-foot-tall, dark, hairy animal with a small head and flat face.  From late December 1978 through January 1979, at least 16 Knobby sightings were reported in the area around Carpenter’s Knob.

More recently, in 2011 Thomas Byers snapped a photo of Knobby along Golden Valley Church Road in Rutherford County, North Carolina, on March 22. The Shelby, N.C. man allegedly captured video of the state’s Bigfoot. He was about 15 to 20 feet away from the creature when he captured a five-second video. Byers described the Sasquatch as around seven feet tall, 300 pounds, with yellow teeth. It left behind six-toed footprints, gave off the stench of decay, and it also had  its male private parts on display.

No one knows for sure what was up in the woods of McDowell County.  It’s up to you to decide what you want to believe.