Bigfoot Declared 'Official Animal' of Marion, N.C. Aug 21, 2018 15:09:29 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Aug 21, 2018 15:09:29 GMT -5
Bigfoot Declared ‘Official Animal’ of Marion, N.C.
A North Carolina mountain community that gained national attention last year for a reported Bigfoot sighting is proclaiming the mythical creature its “official animal.” Marion town officials say the proclamation is largely ceremonial, but serves as acknowledgment that elements of the community believe the mythical creature actually exists. Mayor Stephen Little admits in the fine print that he’s never actually seen a Bigfoot, but anyone coming to Marion might see one.
The proclamation takes effect Saturday, September 8, the same day Marion is hosting a Bigfoot festival that intends to assemble an abundance of documentation “proving” the creature’s existence. The proof will include eyewitness accounts, videos of sightings and audio of Bigfoot sounds, festival officials said.
“Well, we thought the (proclamation) idea was different,” Town Manager Bob Boyette told The Charlotte Observer. “Who is to say what’s out there? Nobody knows for sure, and there are some smart people who are convinced it’s real.”
Those who study the creature admit belief in Bigfoot is based primarily on circumstantial evidence, including eyewitness sightings, blurred photographs and mysterious large footprints. According to LiveScience, many witnesses mistake other animals for Bigfoot.
Among those who are convinced Bigfoot is out there is John Bruner, who is both a reported Bigfoot witness and the founder of the research group called Bigfoot 911. His group is the driving force behind the upcoming festival. Bruner told The Observer he pitched the idea of naming Bigfoot as Marion’s official animal after the town of Whitehall, New York, did something similar in July. Whitehall also claims to have had Bigfoot sightings.
Bruner believes the proclamation validates his group’s ongoing search for the elusive creature, while showing support for the upcoming festival. The event will take up three city blocks and include everything from Bigfoot art to a Bigfoot calling contest.
Bigfoot 911 is a volunteer group based in McDowell County that investigates Bigfoot sightings in Western North Carolina. Bruner was out with the group last August when he claims he spotted a Bigfoot in a wooded area shortly before midnight. He described it as a large creature “covered in hair.” It began running and he took off after it, prompting a brief stare-down beside a tree. It then began running again, Bruner said.
His reported sighting received national attention and a “shaman” from Minnesota later said he was in the area at the same time, dressed in animal skins and might have been mistaken for Bigfoot. However, his account didn’t quite match Bruner’s.
Source: Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer, August 20, 2018.