If you see Bigfoot, ‘please do not shoot,’ SC police say after NC sighting

Reports of a weekend Bigfoot sighting in McDowell County, North Carolina, have prompted police in Greenville, South Carolina, to issue an official public safety warning.

Please do not shoot at the Bigfoot, they ask.

“If you see Bigfoot, please do not shoot at him/her, as you’ll most likely be wounding a fun-loving and well-intentioned person, sweating in a gorilla costume,” said a post on the Greenville Police Department’s Facebook page.

The tongue-in-cheek warning was posted Tuesday morning, linking to a story on CharlotteObserver.com about the alleged Bigfoot encounter that happened about 11 p.m. Friday in McDowell County.

The Observer story is accompanied by a video of a 2015 Bigfoot “sighting” in another part of western North Carolina. That video shows a man trying to keep his dog away from an alleged Bigfoot running through high grass in broad daylight.

“After watching this video...I think we can say with some confidence that proof of Bigfoot still eludes us,” says the police department’s Facebook Post.

The alleged sighting in McDowell County involved the Marion-based group Bigfoot 911, which investigates reports of Bigfoot appearances. John Bruner of Bigfoot 911 reported the incident Saturday on the Bigfoot 911 Facebook page.

A group of seven people were out that night, when Bruner says he spotted the beast. He says it disappeared into the woods after the two made eye contact.

“I was able to see details of the creature … like the face, and the hair was matted and stringy. The eyes were farther apart than human eyes,” Bruner said in his Facebook post.