bipedal creature, over 7 feet (2 m) tall with large, red eyes. Its body is said to be covered with long black or reddish brown hair, with the exclusion of the chest, face, hands and feet. Reports claim it has a strong and pungent odor described as that of "dead fish, a skunk with bad body odor, decaying peat moss and the musk of a snapping turtle".
Anecdotal reports indicate the creature is allegedly nocturnal, omnivorous, territorial and sometimes violent. It is generally reported to: walk with wide, inhuman strides; leave behind footprints measuring 560 millimetres (22 in); mimic birds, coyotes and other wildlife; emit unusual whistle sounds; explore campsites after dark; build nests out of pine needles, twigs, and leaves; and hurl stones from locations that are hidden from view. The creature has also been said to decapitate deer and other wildlife prior to consumption. In numerous reports, the monster has been said to emit a "blood-curdling" scream; described as sounding like a woman in "great distress". Accounts of the creature describe an "eerie silence prior to the encounter, an appreciable stillness in the woods that commonly surrounds predatory animals".