FORT WHITE, Fla. — A man in North Central Florida claims he knows a pair of Bigfoot and that he interacts with them.
A resident of BC Quarter Circle Ranch in Fort White told John Bird, manager of the property, that he feeds the two Skunk Apes regularly.
“He was speaking about sighting two different individuals Skunk Apes here, on the property, just down…just down from where we are,” Bird told WCJB-TV.
“He said that they were pulling the Spanish moss off the trees and eating it. He also told my fiance and i and her uncle that he on a regular basis feeds these Skunk Apes sweet potatoes and plantains,” he added.
Bob Hagen, owner of the ranch, is not surprised by the revelations. He says he has seen strange stuff before, although he can’t tell whether it was a “Sasquatch, skunk Ape, or Bigfoot, or anything else”.
“I was out on the tractor on the pines a couple of months ago, and first, out of the corner of my eye I saw something pretty large moving through the pine trees,” Hagen said.
Also known as the Swamp Ape, the Florida Bigfoot or the Myakka Ape, the Skunk Ape is a primate cryptid allegedly living in the Sunshine State. It is supposed to emit a foul odor, similar to that of Bigfoot, indicating a possible defense mechanism, as some scientists propose.
In 2000, two photographs of the purported creature were mailed to the Sarasota County, Florida, Sheriff’s Department. A message was included in the mailed envelope to explain that the eyewitness had taken the picture in her own backyard. She claimed that the animal was attracted to the apples on her trees.
“It was walking across the swamp, and my brother spotted it first. But I couldn’t see it over the grass—I wasn’t tall enough,” he said. “My brother picked me up, and I saw it, about 100 yards away. We were just kids, but we’d heard about it, and knew for sure what we were looking at. It looked like a man, but completely covered with hair,” he told the Smithsonian.
In 2013, a man and his son said they were driving in Florida when they spotted a strange animal running across a field. A video of the incident was released to YouTube.