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On the Trail of Florida's Bigfoot-the Skunk Ape

The first time Dave Shealy saw a skunk ape, he says, he was ten years old. It was 1974, a few years after his father came upon a set of footprints left by the creature—an Everglades version of Bigfoot named for its supposedly pungent odor. Dave was out deer hunting with his older brother Jack in the swamp behind his house, in what’s now Big Cypress National Preserve, when he encountered the ape incarnate.

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