“Cryptid” means a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but not proven by scientific means. Yeti, Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster, and Big Foot all fall into this group. Actually Southeastern NC has a lot of things that fall in this description, depending on whom you might ask on a Saturday night. But not Big Foot.
According to the “Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization” there has been no reports of or media articles for New Hanover County. The lack of sightings have more than been made up for by reports from the Green Swamp areas of Brunswick and Columbus counties. According to “Weird NC” there have been several sightings in those areas. All these sightings are described as black and brown hairy creatures, 6 to 7 feet tall, weighing around 350 pounds.
A Wilmington newspaper from April 1888 reports two hunters in this area killing a half human, half animal beast.
And of course let us not forget “The Beast of Bladenboro” or “Wampus Kitty,” as older locals call it. Unlike Bigfoot, the Beast was described as panther-like or bear-like. With a killing spree starting in the 1950’s he created a lot of panic and drew national attention to the area. It was said to be responsible for the gruesome killings of many pets and livestock in the late ’50s, but, then in 2007 reports of the same type of killings started again. To this day it has not been caught.
Maybe he scared off any local Big Foots.
Date posted: April 1, 2013
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