Summer 1993 in Pine Lakes, Florida Skunk Ape Sighting

Summer 1993 in Pine Lakes, Florida Skunk Ape Sighting lake lk

Encounter Summary

Sighting ID: 33115
Sighting Zone: 3
Date: Summer 1993
Time: Aprox. 4am
Duration Of The Sighting: less than a minute
What the encounteree was feeling during the sighting: Bewilderment, disbeleif, then fear/shock.


Location Details

Location Name: Royal Trails
Location Description: Off of Hwy 42 between DeLand and Eustis, Fl. there is a subdivision called Royal Trails. The sighting took place at the main back of the subdivision on the paved main street of the subdivision. This area is sparsely populated and most home sites are 5 or more acres. There are still huge expanses of undeveloped land and it adjoins cattle pastures and several small lakes.
Location City: Pine Lakes
Location County: Lake
Location State: FL
Location Zip Code: 32720

Weather Conditions: Hot and humid
Ground Condition: damp


Creature Information

Details regarding the creature's appearance:
Height: 6 feet
Hair Color: ruddy brown
Weight: 300 lbs
Eye Color: yellowis/amber
Speed: very fast

What the creature was doing while being observed: We were driving through Royal Trails at about 40 MPH. We were in the back of the subdivision, and had just driven onto the paved main road. We came around an "S" curve, and the creature was squatted down with it's back to us. It had one hand on it's knee and was scooping up something off the road with the other hand. The arms seemed disproportionately long. Seconds after we rounded the corner, I slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting what I first thought was a bear. The creature looked over it's left shoulder when it saw the headlights, and darted into the woods at a full run. It's eyes glowed yellow, reflecting the headlights. When it heard the squealling of the tires, it stood straight up, and ran much like a man but with a side to side rythhm, swinging it's arms as if to build momentum. It was aparently startled away from a meal of fresh "roadkill", what apeared to be a flattened Opossum.
The creature exhibited the following humanistic qualities: The way it was squatting down, picking at the carcas… not putting it's head down to the pavement to eat but lifting pieces of it to it's mouth. Also the way it ran in a very upright position was human-like.
The creature saw me and its reactions was: It was very startled or surprised. I'm sure there is not much traffic in that area except on Hwy 42 itself… the back roads are rarely used for anything but hunting and fishing.
Additional information about the creature: I couldn't hear anything over the squealling tires and the radio in the truck.

Evidence Collected

I was unable to collect any evidence

Tracks In The Area:
There were no tracks in the area.

The creature emitted an odor: a combination of a backed up septic tank and a landfill in July. The smell was rancid and made me very nauseus.


Encounteree's Details

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Follow Up

There was no follow-up on this sighting.

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One Comment on “Summer 1993 in Pine Lakes, Florida Skunk Ape Sighting”

  • Mark wrote on 6 June, 2011, 0:12

    I seen this skunk-ape in Palm Beach County back in the 80′s. Matter of fact several people have. The first time I seen it was on state road 710 (beeline highway) between Northlake Blvd. and P.G.A. Blvd. where they use to film the 60′s movie “Gental Ben”. I seen it again where the dump use to be on N. Haverhill Rd. and Dyer Blvd…A short discription was it looked to be about 6 feet or so and run somewhat like a gorilla. It was a brownish black coat of what I guess you would call fur. Like others have said, it stunk really bad!

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