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David Shealy and the Skunk Ape: Back in the News

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 28th, 2008

Proof of skunk ape found in Everglades?

COLLIER COUNTY: Scotland has its Loch Ness Monster. The Himalayas has its Yeti. But in the Everglades of Southwest Florida – it’s all about the skunk ape. ABC7 found out why a skunk ape researcher believes he found proof that, not only do these animals exist, but that they’re also breeding.

The Big Cypress Natural Preserve is home to many animals. But only a few believe it is actually home to the skunk ape.

Devoting 40 years to Skunk Ape research, Dave Shealy stumbled on a rare find – what he says are their breeding grounds. He showed ABC7 the spot where supposed skunk ape droppings, along with water and animal traffic, prove his theory.

“This particular area contains everything that a small group of animals would need to survive and this is where we found the track,” said Shealy.

Shealy Skunk Ape Track

That track, found Friday morning, is believed to be from that of a young skunk ape.

“The more I looked at it and saw the round toes and the differences, that’s when I knew I found a juvenile skunk ape track. I was very excited,” said Shealy.

Shealy Skunk Ape Track

He says wide open spaces are where a skunk ape is most likely to be. But the big question is if they really exist, how come so few people claim to have seen them.

“You don’t always see them – they’re wild animals,” said Shealy.

Shealy went back out Friday night hoping his new find will get him one step closer to shedding light on the skunk ape mystery.Susie Hassan
ABC7 NEWS

Heck, the skunk ape was the 4th most searched term on yahoo! search yesterday!

Skunk Ape Yahoo

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


7 Responses to “David Shealy and the Skunk Ape: Back in the News”

  1. Richard888 responds:

    Interesting article!

    To get an idea about the size of Big Cypress Natural Preserve here are some facts. Area: over 720000 acres = 1125 square miles. Or a square of 33.5 by 33.5 miles.

    Long Island is 1401 square miles, by comparison.

  2. Kimble responds:

    To quote Scab in that great B-Movie, “Skunk Ape”:

    “The Skunk Ape is just a #$%^&* version of Bigfoot!”

  3. bill green responds:

    hey craig & researchers this is a very interesting new article about the florida skunk ape ie sasquatch. thanks bill green

  4. red_pill_junkie responds:

    This definitely deserves a follow-up.

  5. cryptidsrus responds:

    Fascinating stuff…

    Follow-up, indeed.

    Heads up to Shealy!!!

  6. sschaper responds:

    Do great apes have breeding grounds?

    Or did he find the home turf of a troop? The latter has more potential for observation, I would think.

  7. Rogutaan responds:

    “He says wide open spaces are where a skunk ape is most likely to be. But the big question is if they really exist, how come so few people claim to have seen them.

    “You don’t always see them – they’re wild animals,” said Shealy.”

    I never really thought about how true that statement is…



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