Viewing Report

Sighting Year
1998
Category
Sighting
Nearest City
Hickory,
LAT/LONG
Country
United States
State
North Carolina
County
Describe what you were doing at time of sighting
had just walked outside into my parents garage. The garage door was open and the garage light was onnand so was the light on the power-pole outside.
Describe what you heard / found / saw
It was about 8 feet tall atleast. I remember darkbrown hair with some lighter brown patches mixed in. Itnlooked much like a gorilla but it was much taller and it had a more rounded head like a human. InWitnessed it eat a pear from my fathers pear tree. It took one bite then stood up, let a small grunt andnwalked off, in a hunched position, down into the woods. I was standing no more than 4 feet away fromnthe animal and i was only 15 -20 feet away from being directly underneath the powerpole's light. Inpicked up the pear and showed my parents and told them what I saw and recieved the
Describe the time of year and the environment
It was summer. I remember how warm it was outside that night. The only reason I noticed it was fromnthe garage I could see my cat and three dogs staring at something off in the woods. They were actingnvery strange. They weren't making a single sound and they were sitting very close to each other justnwatching as if they were mesmerized. I rarely see them act in that manner so i investigated. I walkedndown our driveway towards the direction the dogs and cat were observing and i practically ran right intonthe animal. It was crouched over when i first saw it and then it stood up and walked off. We live in ansemi-remote neighborhood. My father owns a good 20+ acres of land and forest and our neighbor ownsna good 20+ acres as well. There is a small creek between our land and the neighbors land. Some areasnare heavily wooded and some areas are used to grow corn and other crops, mainly done by thenneighbors.
Have there been any other reports ro talk in your area
Not that I know of
Additional comments
About a year later while my mom was bringing me home from shoe shopping we heard gunfire. As wenexited the car and ran inside my father was out on our deck. He yelled at us to stay in the house and henunloaded every bullet from his handgun into an animal in our back yard. My younger brother was therenbut probably doesn't remember it. he couldn't have been more than 10 years old. The animal was shotnmultiple times at nearly point blank range. It simply got up and crawled/walked off as if nothing evennhappened. My father claims that it's eyes turned red when he shot it. It was at night when thisnhappened. I was only abble to see a portion of the animal and it was leaving as i walked out on our deck.nThis is the first time I have came forward about any of this. I guess i decided to post because I've beennwatching too much TV lately. For the past 10 years i haven't witnessed anything except for the animalnthat killed many dogs in this area last year. I think it was beleived to be a panther.
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