Ghoul, goblin, skunk ape? Think again, says FWC
Published October 29th, 2013
LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Every year, Halloween brings with it haunting tales of things that go bump in the night.
Florida has its fair share of urban legends, including one known as the "skunk ape."
It's no Dracula or Frankenstein, but the Florida skunk ape is a creature said to lurk in Florida's swamps and forests.
Some claim it's a relative of big foot, with reports of the humanoid creatures dating back for decades. But does any such animal actually exist? Probably not, say experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
"We get reports of strange animals all the time," says FWC
Parker says most reported sightings happen in South Florida, but Skunk Ape enthusiasts say they range as far north as Tallahassee.
Skeptics will tell you what you're seeing is more than likely a case of confused identity of smaller animals, an escaped monkey, or even a Florida black bear.
So whether you think it's a real creature or just a quirky tale out of the sunshine state, when it comes to the skunk ape, there's one thing everyone can agree on.
"There is no real evidence right now," says Parker, "and if you've got any photos or video, we'd sure like to see it."
Rather than tracking the skunk ape, FWC could really use your help tracking Florida's bears and panthers.
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