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February 23, 2006

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About two years ago, the Press ran a story about sightings of – who else? – Bigfoot in Cherokee County.

To say that the story opened up a can of worms would be an understatement.

Calls poured in.

And they haven’t stopped.

Sure, they let up occasionally. But every couple of months, someone (usually insisting on anonymity – and understandably so) calls to tell us about a Bigfoot encounter.

In our 2004 story about the elusive – some might even argue, mythical – beast, reference was made to a sighting in 1990 in the Eldon community.

In that story, Jack Goss – then an investigator with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office – is quoted in a 1990 Daily Press story as saying, “We kind of shook our heads when we got the call, but the lady sounded serious. She said Bigfoot was in her back yard. We thought she might have seen a bear, but she was really sure that it wasn’t. She said it was hairy and stank really bad.”

Soon after our 2004 Bigfoot update ran, we received a call from a woman who lives in the Pumpkin Hollow area who said she and her relatives had been “spotlighting” Bigfoot for years in that community. She said the animals smelled of berries and urine, and once they were hit with a spotlight, moved too fast for anyone to take a shot at with a rifle.

After that, most of the calls we received about Bigfoot weren’t from local residents, but from film documentarians and Bigfoot researchers wanting to talk to locals about their experiences.

Then, last fall, the local sightings started up again.

Evidently, Bigfoot has been seen around Lost City for many years. One woman reported that three generations of her family had seen him, and that the creature seems to have an affinity for children.

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