Summer 1993 in Pine Lakes, Florida Skunk Ape Sighting
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 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
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.
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.
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There was no follow-up on this sighting.