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CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC – The search for Bigfoot has been reignited after one man claims spotting the mythical creature!

If Tim Peeler is right, Bigfoot is alive and well and blonde. The Cleveland County resident told local authorities that he had an encounter with the 10-foot tall creature. The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has filed the case as a “suspicious person report” but says it is keeping an open mind.

Peeler claims that he was calling coyotes, but instead got an unexpected visit from the hard-to-find creature.

“Instead of them, him,” Peeler told NBC affiliate WCNC NewsChannel 36.

“This thing was 10-foot tall. He had beautiful hair,” Peeler added, saying that it looked like the creature had six fingers on each hand.

“I come out here and rough-talked him and run him off,” Peeler said. But the creature wasn’t done and returned. “I said, ‘Get away from here! Get! Get! and he went right back up that path again.”

Sgt. Mark Self of the sheriff’s office responded to the suspicious-person call placed by Peeler.

“It doesn’t bother me now – I don’t think there’s anything to it,” Self said. “If we see something, we’ll try to capture it and take it into custody.”