I know I might have been spooked too, and under such an emotion I can understand just blasting the gun. All things considered however, and of course
in hindsight in regards to your encounter, shooting at it could have been a huge mistake. There are two reasons for this, and I will lay them out for
1. A person could easily put on the suit of an animal or creature in an attempt to spook folks, or just do some "Jack Ass" kind of stunt. In
shooting at it you could very easily murder an innocent person. If it ran toward you, and you felt it was going to attack, you would be justified
regardless. Shooting at someone walking alway would get you into serious trouble though.
2. So far, and you might not have known it then, but if it is in fact Sasquatch, they have never attacked a person. The only times I have heard of a
story where a Sasquatch made an aggressive move towards a human, was when the person either attempted to throw something at it, or they shot at it. If
someone shot at you, or threw a rock at your head, you would be pretty ticked and/or frightened as well, wouldn't you?
It is interesting that you encountered this in this Smoky Mountains,as I have been through the area a few times. It is fairly vast, and not very
densely populated. I wish I had known about the idea of a Sasquatch in the Great Smoky Mountains before, I would have asked the Cherokee if they had
heard of it before.
Now you say you might have, or your family might have, confused a Coyote noise for that of this "Thing". Do you know what a Coyote sounds like? They
give off a "yelp, yelp, yelp awhoooo", or "yip, yip, yip, awhoooo!", as opposed to wolves who only go, "bark, bark, bark awhooooooo!", or
"huff, huff, huff awhooooooo!"
As far as Sasquatch, the howls I have heard that are attributed to them are long, deep howls. When I say deep, I mean they make Wolves sound like
yipping Coyotes. Usually they have no noise proceeding their howls either. Sometimes Wolves do not make noise before their howls as well, but the
purported Sasquatch howls are very unique, and not easily mistaken for other known creatures. Sasquatch has also been known to growl, and grunt just
As a matter of fact, have you ever seen that show called "Survivorman" on The Discovery Channel? The guy who does it is named Les Stroud. He was
doing an episode up in Alaska, and he had set-up camp on a rocky shoreline facing the Pacific Ocean. I do not believe he actually recorded it on his
film/audio equipment, but he heard a grunt repeat behind him four times. He even said he could not believe it, but from his experiences it sounded
like a "Large Gorilla", definitely not a Bear, and it made him bolt up into a standing position, with the hair raised on the back of his neck. This
is a guy who does not scare easily, similar to Bear Grylls. Here is the link to his Alaska Journal:
Les Stroud- Alaskan Frontier Adventure.
Now if you want to really hear a "unique" sound, check out this purported "speech" being heard between a Sasquatch and responding imitating human
Ron Moorehead responding to Sasquatch
Those clips will really make you wonder.
As a matter of fact, here is an entire page of Sasquatch Sounds. I hope this helps you to determine what it was that you folks encountered:
Sasquatch Needs a Friend
PS- I know I kind of addressed this to your friend llpoolej, but it is meant for either of you in regards to the information. Again, I hope it
Lol I do have to laugh at that Horse encounter though, that neighbor's horse must really be bored. He's just trying to watch some T.V. I can only
imagine how shocked I would be to find a horse staring in my window, especially seeing as how I live in an urban area.
[edit on 3-4-2008 by TheAgentNineteen]