Your first lesson should be that a "gentleman at a gas station" is not a credible source.
(and also random people on an internet forum.)
Most military intel jobs are not of the "Jason Bourne" type.
They generally involve analysing multi sourced data, pictures, and information and then...
I recently lost a chicken to what I think was a raccoon; something reached in through the poultry fence and killed it.
The very next night something (again I think a raccoon) found a gap in the fence and grabbed another chicken.
I found the carcass about 10' outside the run; breasts gone, head...