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Police ask residents not to shoot Bigfoot in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A police department in South Carolina issued a warning to residents after there was a purported Bigfoot sighting in a nearby county.

The Greenville Police Department in South Carolina on Tuesday posted this message on its Facebook page:

“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.”

A group that investigates Bigfoot sightings, called Bigfoot 911, reported seeing “a large bipedal animal covered in hair” in McDowell County, North Carolina the night of Aug. 4.

John Bruner, of Bigfoot 911, said seven people were out in the woods with glow sticks, which they believe entice Bigfoot, the Charlotte Observer reported. There have been other reports of the elusive beast in the area, including this video from 2015:

According to WYFF, Bruner wrote in the closed Bigfoot 911 Facebook group that his team “hit pay dirt” last week, describing the moment he claims to have seen Bigfoot:

“The angle of the moon was shining straight down on the road and something big stepped into view … I turned my headlamp on and I saw a large bi-pedal animal covered in hair. It took one step into the woods, (then) I took off running toward where it went into the woods.”

Police, however, remain skeptical.

Unconvinced by news of the expedition, authorities posted on Facebook that they “think we can say with some confidence that proof of Bigfoot still eludes us.”