South Carolina police warn people NOT to shoot at Bigfoot

  • Greenville police told its community not to shoot at Bigfoot in a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post 
  • It was a response to the report of a close encounter in North Carolina 
  • Police warned that an apparent Bigfoot is likely a person in a gorilla costume 

Police in South Carolina are warning cryptozoology enthusiasts who think they’ve spotted Bigfoot, not to take potshots at the creature.

The Greenville Police Department, in Greenville, South Carolina, posted the tongue-in-cheek warning on its Facebook page on Tuesday morning.

It came the day after a report surfaced about an alleged Bigfoot close encounter in neighboring North Carolina.

The police Facebook post was equal parts poking fun and straight up ‘don’t shoot!’ safety advice for its community.

Greenville police were equal parts tongue-in-cheek and serious in their warning against shooting during Bigfoot sightings after this news report from North Carolina resurfaced 

Greenville police were equal parts tongue-in-cheek and serious in their warning against shooting during Bigfoot sightings after this news report from North Carolina resurfaced

In the post, police exhorted: ‘If you see Bigfoot, please do not shoot at him/her, as you’ll most likely be wounding a fun-loving and well-intentioned person, sweating in a gorilla costume.’

The post also stated, tongue-firmly-in-cheek that after having reviewed shaky video of an apparent Bigfoot sighting from 2015, ‘we can say with some confidence that proof of Bigfoot still eludes us.’

The police linked to the video, which showed a Yorkie trying to scare off a two-footed, rapidly moving entity in daylight.

The Greenville police’s Bigfoot warning went up the day after the Charlotte Observer revealed that a member of a Bigfoot-watching group claimed to have had an encounter with a ‘large bipedal animal covered in hair,’ on Friday night at about 11pm, in a wooded area in North Carolina’s McDowell County.

Greenville, South Carolina police warned its community against shooting during a close encounter with Bigfoot - seen here in the infamous 1967 'Patterson' video shot in northern California. It has yet to be conclusively debunked or proven to be real 

Greenville, South Carolina police warned its community against shooting during a close encounter with Bigfoot – seen here in the infamous 1967 ‘Patterson’ video shot in northern California. It has yet to be conclusively debunked or proven to be real

John Bruner, of Bigfoot 911, reported that at the time of the apparent sighting, he and six others were in the woods, spreading out glow sticks in hopes of attracting Bigfoot’s attention.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Bruner wrote in a Facebook post that, ‘I turned on my headlamp and saw a large bi-pedal animal covered in hair.’ He described the creature as having had a smooth, solid black face and shaggy hair.

Bruner noted that he chased the creature and had a ‘stare-down’ with it, before it disappeared deeper into the woods.

Bigfoot sighting reports in the Carolinas are common, with multiple reports circulating around Bigfoot enthusiasts Facebook groups and drawing enough attention from professional Bigfoot hunters to warrant filming episodes of TV series in the area.

Laws regarding the shooting of Bigfoot and other similar cryptids vary by state.

Mental Floss reported, for example, that killing Bigfoot is expressly outlawed in Skamania County, Washington, but it’s technically legal to hunt and kill one in Texas because the cryptid is not on the state’s recognized official species list.