I have been researching in my present area of the Smoky Mountain National Park for about five years now. Back in April of 2012 we moved into a cabin on 5 acres approximately 15 minutes from my research area. It allowed me great access and convenience to focusing on what I feel is one specific clan of Bigfoot on a regular basis. It seemed almost instantly after moving in that we started having strange occurrences. With our home so secluded and extremely close to the research area I was already suspicious if we were going to have any activity there…
Our home during the winter...
We were fortunate to have almost a full month to get our belongings relocated before actually making the official move. I would make about two trips a week by myself each time bringing a full truckload. Sometimes I wouldn’t get there till late in the evening.
The first occurrence I remember was around 11pm on a weeknight. I was finishing up hanging blinds and was about to leave when I heard a very loud and odd sounding screech owl calling right outside the house. I was standing in the window at the time and couldn’t see a thing outside as it was so dark. I finished up what I was doing, locked up and started toward my truck. At that moment I heard what sounded like a single cat “meow” come from up the hill in the woods. As I turned to look in that direction another single “meow” came from behind me down the hill. I turned to look down the hill and then heard another “meow” come from down the driveway! This went on for what seemed like over a minute. There were about 10 seconds between each “meow” and each time it came from a complete opposite direction! Right after the last “meow” which came from the direction of down the driveway there was a soft “Whoop!” that came from up on the hill. I had a strong feeling I knew what was making these sounds and at the time I wasn’t too comfortable with them doing it! I quickly got into my truck and left.
We have had several gifts left for us. One of the oddest gifts was left in a fairly disturbing way. After moving in we decided to hide a key to the cabin outside somewhere for emergencies. I chose a small river rock to put the spare key under and set it beside a tree about 30 yards away from our front door. My wife and I were the only ones living there and the only ones that knew anything about this key. I made it a habit to always check to make sure it was still there whenever I would go around the property with the weedeater. Several weeks went by and it was always there. THEN one day something very odd happened. I had a small pile of firewood laying next to the tree where the rock was laying. While weedeating I noticed the rock was missing, but the spare key was still laying where it had always been. After looking around for a few seconds I noticed the rock had been moved and placed on top of the wood pile! This blew my mind! All I could think about was who saw me put the key there?? My nearest neighbor is over 10 acres away and their kids are very young and never come around our home. If a person had done this it would only seem logical that they would keep the key and put the rock back so we wouldn’t notice.
The following pic was taken moments after I found the rock. You can see where "something" placed the rock in the wood pile. If you look close you can also see our house key just as I had left it next to the tree, only earlier the rock had been on top of the key to hide it.
Was a Bigfoot possibly messing with me? Was it letting me know in some strange way that they were there and were watching me? I had no idea until the gift showed up.
I immediately took the key up and to this day we don’t have one outside anywhere. About one week later I was out in the yard and noticed something laying exactly where the spare key and rock were earlier. It was an old metal Skoal can lid! I’m not very familiar with dip cans, but I’m pretty sure this style had not been produced in several years. Please feel free to inform me if you know what years this lid was produced.