CHARLOTTE, NC (Mark Price/The Charlotte Observer) - The nation's endless search for proof of Bigfoot's existence may soon come to an end.
A North Carolina-based wife and mother has home brewed a spray that she says can attract any Bigfoot within a mile and a half.
Sold at $7 bottled spray, the "environmentally friendly" Bigfoot Juice also doubles as a bug spray, says creator Allie Megan Webb, who runs Happy Body Care out of Marion.
"How do you know it works?" asks Webb, laughing. "That's a tough question. I guess I could ask how do you know it doesn't work?"
There is anecdotal proof her spray does, in fact, attract a Bigfoot.
Field tests have been done, she says, and they include a recent outing by the research group Bigfoot 911, in which a Bigfoot sighting was reported. It happened the first week of August, in the woods of McDowell County. Nobody in the group had a camera, but that didn't stop the report from making national news.
"I think that's enough to say it can attract a Bigfoot," says Webb. "To attract a Bigfoot, you need a smell that is woodsy enough to keep from scaring him off. But slightly different enough to make him curious, and come to investigate."
Market reaction to the spray, which is sold on the internet, has ranged from anxious excitement to giggles. This includes a guy named Jeffrey Wilson of Hawaii, who wanted to know if she made a troll repellent.
Webb – who also created a dog deodorant called Stinky Dog Spray – understands people may doubt the product. She won't swear there is a Bigfoot herself.
"But I do believe there is something out there in the woods," she says. "I'm definitely not trying to make fun of people who believe. A lot of people are more serious about this (juice) than I thought. There are people around the world inclined to believe Bigfoot is real."
That includes her husband, Corey, a member of Bigfoot 911 since 2014. He was out the night of Aug. 4 when Bigfoot 911 reported spotting "a large bipedal animal covered in hair." Corey didn't see it himself, but he's a believer.
She gives him a lot of credit for Bigfoot Juice. He was using her home-concocted bug spray during Bigfoot hunts, and asked her to make something less "feminine smelling." She started whipping things together and found a more musky, outdoors smell. Next thing you know, the team spotted a Bigfoot.
Coincidental? Maybe. Opportune? Definitely.
Corey Webb guesses the secret of the juice is that it masks human odors, which could frighten a Bigfoot. "Honestly, I don't know if it's a key to finding Bigfoot, but it's definitely not going to hurt your chances," he says.
His advice if you attract a Bigfoot with the juice?
"Just stand there. I wouldn't run. There are no reports of a Bigfoot being aggressive."
His wife suggests something else, however. "Pull out your camera immediately."