Skunk Ape Sighting Near Ocala National Forest, Florida


NCS Case File 43


The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.”  For the following witnesses to living cryptids, there is no dispute.  In this series of National Cryptid Society’s case files, you will read what the witnesses have experienced in their own words.

Keep an open mind when reading these accounts, and also remember one’s perception and memory of an event can be influenced by the emotions felt at the time of the occurrence. The contributors to this series of articles are doing the best they can to recount what are in some cases very shocking and traumatic experiences.

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NCS Case File #43: Skunk Ape Sighting Near Ocala National Forest, Florida

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Submitted by Rob

Date: Mid to late June 2017

“I was driving down 182nd ave (known by locals as Forest road 8) and I turned this corner and no more than 35-40 yards ahead I seen what I believe to be a Florida skunk ape (Bigfoot of Florida). It was so quick I didn’t have time to get my phone and snap a picture but it came from sunny hill preservation into the Ocala national forest.

It took one stride to cross the road. Estimating it to be 7-9 foot tall about 3 1/2 foot wide long mammoth like fur. I stopped in the middle of the road astonished trying to see it through the woods and absolutely nothing there. No trace no noise, absolutely nothing.”

NCS Notes:

  • The Florida Skunk Ape is a widely known cryptid and there are many sightings in and around the Ocala National Forest.
  • Skunk Apes have been known by different names and have been seen in the area for hundreds of years.
  • “Stories relating to Skunk Ape encounters may go back to early Indian legends, which speak of giants living along the Kissimmee River, and the “Sand People” and “Mangrove People.” Some believe these legends were describing skunk apes.”~ Charlie Carlson, “Weird Florida: Your Travel Guide to Florida’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

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