posted on Dec, 21 2007 @ 08:28 AM
i live in gaston county in a small town called stanley. while i was in my mid to late teens, we lived in an old farm house on the outskirts of town.
there were four households on this "farm" all at the end of a 1/4 dirt road. we all had dogs and were able to let them run. there were a couple
labs, a couple austalian shephards and a chow/german shephard mix. it wasn't uncommon for the all the dogs to stand in my back yard and bark out
into the field. eventually one of them would run out through the field and into the woods with all the other dogs following them. you could hear
them out there barking. sometimes when they came back, they would be acting really spooked, tails between their legs. we just figured it was deer.
after a few weeks of this, my dad told me a story about a friend of his that had a strange experience when they were teenagers(dad is 62). he told me
that this friend was out parked with a girl one night up the road from where we lived, and that out of nowhere something jumped on top of his car.
the guy was freaked and drove off, what ever it was fell off the back of his car and left scratches on the trunk lid. they didn't really know what
could've done it, but assumed it was a big cat. that kinda spooked me a little, because i spent a lot of time in the woods around the house. one
night just before dark i was out in the field walking along the tree line. where the field had been cleared over the years, there was some
undergrowth along the tree line, you couldn't really see clearly into the woods. so, as i'm walking i think i hear something on the other side of
the undergrowth, but when i stop, it stops too. as i start walking again, i definitely hear something and i'm getting freaked. i stop again, and
nothing. i can hear my heart pounding though, then i hear the most god awful sound...almost like a woman in agony and it was right beside me. i
don't know how to explain it, i took off...i ran flat out as fast as i could for about a half mile until i got back to the house. i never stopped to
look back, i didn't want to see what it was. if a cat made that noise, i don't know why it didn't eat me. maybe she had cubs...i don't know.
so, i guess what i'm trying to say is, i believe in stories of big cats in areas that aren't know for them....i saw a bobcat at an underpass off the
interstate in charlotte.
my brother went to app state in boone. my cousin and i went up to visit one weekend. on the way back(1:30 at night on hwy 321), she and i both saw
something in the grassy median that was large brown and furry it seemed large for a bear, unless it had stood when it saw the car. neither of us
could tell was it was, i asked her is she wanted to go back and check it out, but she declined and i was cool with that. we joke about it being
anyway, welcome to this state...it's very beautiful and if you like the outdoors, you'll love it here.