Well, that's what Tim Peeler claims he chased away from his North Carolina mountain house last week. Peeler told NewsChannel36 in Charlotte that he first heard unusual grunting and screeching outside his home. When he investigated the sounds, he said, he got close enough to the unwelcome intruder to poke it with a stick.
"The thing was 10 feet tall with beautiful hair, yellowish hair, and a yellow beard," the mountain man recalled.
According to Peeler, who lives on top of a mountain near Casar, N.C., the creature left, but it later returned. He yelled at his unwanted visitor again, he said, and it finally took off. Peeler also noticed the beast had six fingers.
Peeler reported that the "beast" approached his dogs and somehow got wrapped up in their chains. "I rough-talked him and said, 'You get away from here.'"
WBTV.com said that Peeler called 911 at 3 a.m. and filed a suspicious person report. "It looked like a giant ape with a man's face, and it made a whistling sound," he told the 911 dispatcher. He was about nine or 10 feet tall with real long arms."
It's not the first time the legendary Bigfoot or Sasquatch has prowled this rural area of Cleveland County. In the 1970s, a creature dubbed "Knobby" was often spotted, eventually spawning its own Facebook page.
Sgt. Mark Self of the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office told NewsChannel36 he recalls being scared when he heard stories of Bigfoot sightings when he was 10 years old.
"It was killing animals and breaking into barns and killing chickens," he said, adding that he's not really that frightened anymore.
Self takes a more official attitude now about reports of any large, hairy, unknown animals. "We're working up here, so if we see something, we'll try to capture it and take it into custody."
In his 911 call, Peeler added that "This thing was messin' with my dogs and tryin' to get to my back porch. If he comes too close to me, I'm gonna kill him.
"Would I get in any trouble if I shot and killed this beast, this animal or whatever it is?"
That's a good question, and one the 911 dispatcher couldn't answer.
Peeler realizes his story is dubious at best. So he plans to have a camera nearby next time Knobby comes to visit.
A digital camera that takes good nighttime shots would be really helpful.