By the light of a full moon Colin Keelty saw something so terrifying that it changed his life.
In the distance he spotted a beast running. He believed it was a deer – until it stood up on two legs.
“I won’t lie, I was petrified – the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up,” said Colin, 54.
The truck driver was so sure it was a werewolf that he’s spent 30 years hunting the spooky lycanthropes.
Grandad Colin was bitten by an obsession to find the creatures from folklore after an unforgettable experience in Hatfield, South Yorks, in October 1990.
Colin, who is divorced, insists he is not crying werewolf when he recounts the events of that night.
He said: “I could see something running in the distance.
“It was too big to be a fox. Initially, I thought it was a cow or deer until I got closer and it stood up. It was too big to be a dog.”
As it was before the age of smartphones, Colin, of Beeford, East Yorks, did not get a photo of the beast.
But he did record what it looked like. He said: “I have drawn a picture so people can expect what to see if they come across a werewolf.
But, of course, it is much scarier in the flesh as they are rather large and grisly.”
His last experience of a werewolf was in September 2015 in Hornsea, East Yorks, again under a full moon.
He said: “I couldn’t see a thing but I could hear thuds. It was terrifying.
“I shouted out, ‘hello’ but I had no response. I then ran for my life as I had a horrible feeling.”
Colin said a “huge three-fingered hand print” was left on his car window.
But the photo he said he took has since been lost. He now has maps, lights and walkie-talkies to help his hunts.
An 8ft werewolf known as Old Stinker is said to roam the Yorkshire Wolds with sightings since the 18th century. In 2016, an animal rescue worker claimed she had come face-to-face with the beast.
Jemma Waller, who was driving two pals in Halsham, East Yorks, said: “It looked like a big dog, probably bigger than my car, but it had a human face.”
Colin has been criticised for his hobby but will not give up.
He said he has been contacted with sightings all over the UK, including 12 in the past year.
“All those people can’t be lying. Something incredible is out there and I am going to find it,” Colin added.
“I’d have laughed if someone said there are werewolves in Britain before my first encounter.”