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The Seminole Native Americans call them the "Mangrove People" or "Sand People"
The sightings were reported in Florida in 1971. An engineer and four friends saw it in Big Cypress Swamp and later they found its 17-inch-long footprints. Since then the creatures have been shot, hit by cars and made XXXXXXXXXXXXX more occasions. There is at least one (blurry) photograph.
Size: 7-8 feet tall
The first sightings were reported in Florida in 1971. In 1974 Mr Richard Lee Smith sideswiped a Skunk Ape with his Cadillac on Route 27 near Hollywood Boulevard. Hours later, Hialeah Gardens Police Officer Robert Holmeyer claims to see "a shadowy, dark, 8-foot-tall creature thrashing off into the underbrush" about 8 km south of the original sighting.
In the mid-70s, Mitch Bridges, owner of Everglades Holiday Park, while on a sightseeing tour, saw an eight-foot-tall ape-man stroll out of the bushes. He said it was "hairy, blackish-brown" and that it smelled foul, like a skunk. From then on it became known as the skunk ape.
A security guard even claimed he even shot one. He said that it just grabbed its chest and ran.
Autumn of 1989 Brevard County (Cocoa), Florida.
A man and his sister were driving along Nova Road at around 11pm. said someone was coming. After she said that I heard branches breaking to the side of the road where the woods are.
7-16-97 around 2:00 pm, Steve Goodbread was a bus tour guide who was on tour with a group of tourist, along Turner Road. Goodbread arrived at an areawhere there is a burned out wooden bridge across the canal on the east side of the road.
Goodbread and the tourists observed a large brownish colored creature behind some brush near the bridge. The creature continually stood upright on two legs, was approximately 7' tall, had hair covering it's entire body (except for the face) and was rocking back & forth. Goodbread advised that the creature resembled a gorilla. Goodbread indicated that the creature was shaking the bushes and appeared to be irritated by their presence. The creature was approximately 70 to 80 yards away. Goodbread continued to watch the creature for about 15 minutes.
Goodbread repeatedly easedthe tour bus forward and backward so as to allow visibility, of the creature, to everyone on the bus. Goodbread attempted to get one of the tourist, with a telephoto lens on her camera, to exit the bus and take photographs of the creature. No on would get off the bus. . Goodbread finally drove away, leaving the creature at this location. Goodbread later returned to the area and founda road where he could drive into the swamp.
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