North Carolina’s Bigfoot: More Than Just a Myth?

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North Carolina’s Bigfoot: More than just a myth?Early one morning about two years ago, after 18 years of fruitless camping trips, Michael Greene says he saw Bigfoot. Greene was camping about an hour outside of Salisbury, where he was visiting his son-in-law. As he scanned the woods around his campsite with a pair of thermal imagers—binoculars that register heat—he saw something that he is sure wasn’t a human or some kind of animal.

It was a Sasquatch.

“I am six foot five, and I would guess it was seven and a half feet tall and absolutely, unbelievably muscular,” Greene says. “It was a thank-you from God finally rewarding me a little bit.”

Greene, who now lives in Salisbury, is one of the many who claim to have seen the mysterious creature that goes by the names Sasquatch, Bigfoot or Yeti, a mythical ape-like creature that roams the wilderness of North America. But unlike the two hunters who gained notoriety several years ago by orchestrating a gigantic Bigfoot hoax, Greene doesn’t want publicity, and he is far more credentialed than many who claim to have seen the elusive beast.

Greene now volunteers with the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, which was founded in 1995 and claims it’s the only scientific organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery. In early April, he led a group of Bigfoot hunters on a camping trip through Central North Carolina, but they didn’t find anything.

Greene’s interest was first piqued by the writings of famed psychiatrist Carl Jung, which he read while researching a graduate studies thesis paper on mass hysteria. Jung’s thesis was that people’s minds trick them into seeing flying saucers because they represent a higher power. Greene said that Bigfoot was listed as an example, but he didn’t think it made sense.

“It doesn’t seem that this is the kind of vision the collective unconscious would vomit on us as a representation of a higher power,” he says.

Since then, he’s been consumed with Bigfoot research. Now retired, Greene spent most of his professional life as the chief of the Criminal Fraud Bureau for the state of New Jersey. He was an expert in court testimony and forgery.

“I come qualified with a master’s degree in psychology and a healthy skepticism of everyone and everything and their motives,” he says.

Greene encourages anyone interested in Bigfoot research or exploration to contact the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.

“Most people won’t get anything but ridicule, but from us they’ll get understanding,” he says. “I don’t blame (skeptics) one bit, but when you’ve read and seen and heard as much as I have…you realize it’s not nonsense.”

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  1. Logan Taylor

    May 31, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I sure as _____ believe you on this, I’m a aspiring cryptozooligist at NC state university and I’ve heard the stories of the Bigfoot in NC I will find it my ____ self if I have to I promise you.

  2. david pernell

    June 3, 2009 at 11:25 am

    in a book named footprints in northampton county thereis an article about railway workers near the town of weldon unearthing a cave inthe banks of the roanoke river and finding skelton remains of humans that may have been 9 feettall and teeth as big as horses this is in the mid 1800 i cant find anymore info anywhere about this i have a copy of the article

  3. Winslow Thomas

    July 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I had an encounter with a Sasquatch near my home in Decatur, GA. , circa 1975. The reports filed at that time are
    not to be found in police records today– “misplaced”, I guess. I’d be interested in any reports of a serious nature from the Southeast, when they can be found. Please advise.

  4. Everette Young

    July 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    He is not the only one.And he’s right to tell us about bfro.net.They are the best group in America that deals with the bigfoot phenomena.There are other things that exist in NC that arent supposed to be there,but they are.Mountain Lions(cougar,puma,catamount–all the same species,different names for them) are seen across the state,several times a year. I KNOW they live in the mountains,I’ve sen them.And these are known animals and science wont acknowledge their existence in the state,much less a sasquatch.A woman who I talked to who claimed to see one one night asked me how they(mainsteam science) can “miss something this big.” She said the shoulders on this thing were “very wide,I mean WIDE.” She said she thought at first that it was a “pile of leaves that all the sudden stood up…and up and up,and walked away” She was very shaken up.This is in and around the piedmont are. I live in Rockwell and I would love to talk to Mr.Greene. If he wishes,he may e-mail me.As well as Mr. Logan Taylor.

  5. jason clary

    July 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    There’s a lecture i found on google video by a researcher named Lloyd Pye that explains this phenomenon in great detail and gives it much credibility. I suggest anyone check it out if this subject interests them. It’s called “Everything You Know is Wrong” and he gives a good insight to evolution theory as well.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1285345463618889531

    Here’s his website as well.
    http://www.lloydpye.com/

  6. Marie Rouse

    August 7, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Many people are non-believers of Bigfoot, until they come across one and are scared s_____less! The best way to run across a Bigfoot is to not go hunting for him (one). He will come to you. But you must be in an area where sightings and sounds have been widely reported. The best time to experience a Bigfoot sighting/sounds is at night, in a desolate/remote area. I have had two incidents which I believe were related to Bigfoot in the same general area of central Utah. My ex-husband actually saw something and then we heard something at a different time but in the same area. Believe me, it’s scary!

  7. James, Burlington

    December 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I have experienced the ole “throwing rock treatment here in Alamance County. I, amongf riends were in a remote wooded area, inside a trailer on the outskirts of a farm where livestock, fish and water may have been easily accessed by such a creature. I whole heartedley believe that they are alive and well. I also have reviewed the Lloyd Pye expo and I would like to say it is a must see for anyone who has such interest in Sasuatch, bigfoot/yeti.

  8. Robert, NC

    January 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    James, where in Alamance County was your sighting? I’m right on the border of alamance and orange. I’d be interested to check the area out sometime.

    • James

      December 3, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Near Alamance Battleground. Since then I have found a print….. this print was off hwy 54 in Graham. (Unrelated) 2016

  9. Mike in Rockingham

    May 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I live in Richmond County, NC. There is a large remote unpopulated area in the northern portion near the Montgomery County line with many acres of hilly, swampy, forested land. I use to catfish along the banks of Mountain Creek a few years back. One evening about dusk, I came across a good number of fresh tracks that were 18″ long coming down a path into the water and back out again. I followed these tracks to as far as I could go were they went up a steep embankment to overgrown for me. As I stood there, I could hear low grunting and heavy breathing. All the normal sounds: crickets, owls, etc. were silent. There was a terrible stench in the air. It was so unnerving that I left the spot and hiked out to the car and left. I have lived here all my life and have heard of hunters and backwoodsmen speak of screams in the woods. My father, now in his years was camped along the creek one night. As he sat on a stump fishing, he notice a reflection of something pass behind him. Turning to see what it was, he only caught a glimpse of a large something moving extremely fast but making hardly a sound. Spooked, he packed up and left. Mountain Creek is off Grassy Island Road just south of Hwy. 73 west of Ellerbe. These events all occurred at dark. There is a boat landing there where I usually park and walk up the creek. Call knocking has worked on two occasions. One time I actually received a scream in response to hollering. Anyway, its there and what I tell you is true.

  10. Billy

    June 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I had rocks thrown at me, was followed to my car and heard growls while deer hunting in Madison Co. in a very remote part of the Pisgah NF back in the early 80s. It is a very unnerving experience, to this day I wont go back there to that area hunting.

  11. luther

    June 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    dear Billy,you are not alone,i have never spoken of this to anyone before.i live in the Asheville,n.c. area. i have hunted and fished in madison and other counties around here since i was a small child. although i have never laid eyes on this creature,make no mistake about it, he is very real.!!! i have had over the course of my life,fishing the french broad river,not one ,but several encounters with this creature.the first was in an area around a place called stack house when i was a young man. we were camping on the river and fishing when it came to visit late one night. and he made his self known by rock throwing,growling,and the worst smell i have ever smelled in my 54 years of life. although everyone in the camp was armed, no one was quick to challenge it,although we all knew it was there. we never spoke of it again.then several years later,about a mile up river from the town of hot springs,n.c. which is very close to the first run in,we were fishing a stretch of river known as deep water trussel. again late at night it came calling,this time it seemed to be upset about something,as it threw rocks at us for about 20 minutes from a high cliff covered with trees that we were camped at. finally it seemed to be gone as quickly and quietly as it had came.i can tell you this,this creature is not dumb,by any means.these are not the only run ins i have had with this un friendly beast,but i will save them for another time. all of which have happened along the french broad river between asheville and hot springs.i cannot help but wonder if they live here all the time,or just pass through on thier way from one place to vanother. in any event,do not think you are alone in your run in with this creature in madison county.i can assure you ,you are not.

  12. Jim

    June 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    The best time to look for this thing would be in the winter with snow on the ground. The leaves would be gone and the snow would allow things to show up at night even in the deepest woods.

    It does seem like someone would hit one with their car or shoot one of these things over the years. People have hit and shot everything else, so I remain suspicious of these stories.

  13. codey taylor

    June 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    i didnt beleave it at first untill i seen this i almost poped myself i watch the history channel. i see this on monster quest all the time. and were i live at in wicther creek WV

  14. luther

    August 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    i must confess that although i have had several run ins with this thing, it is still very hard for me to confess that this thing is real, although i know it is. i am confident that one day it will show it self as many other creatures have over the years. i am also convinced that this creature has a much higher intellagence level than that of a monkey on steroids. that , i beleive is one reason it has managed to stay pretty much out of the way. although i am sure as we humans continue to take the forest from the animals we will sooner or later run up nose to nose with this thing. i hope he is in a good mood.

  15. James f.

    December 1, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I live in alamance county where 62 meets 49. almost to mebane. we have atleast two in our area. email me if u want to come research the area and to hear what happened with our encounters. ratsrus4u@gmail.com

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