and 1980 - Ocala National Forest region.
Lurking Bigfoot Trick or Treat?
Halloween is still
three weeks away but strange creatures are already being seen around Central
Florida this week. A 22-year-old hitchhiker reported sighting the legendary
Bigfoot, saying the beast was tall, dark and stinky. It lurked in the
darkness in a lightly forested area off U.S. 441 half a mile south of
Belleview, he said."I've got some information about Bigfoot,"
the tremulous voice on the telephone said. "I think I just saw it."
Monday morning a security guard for an Apopka nursery told police a 10-foot-tall
hairy animal with a chestful of reddish-gray fur and small ears attacked
him, ripping off the terrified guard's shirt. Donnie Hall, 27, said he
fired several gunshots at the creature in vain. The Bigfoot sighter -
a Belleview welder who didn't want his name known - said the beast was
brown and black. "I'm six feet tall and it was bigger than me. It
smelled horrible, like garbage." Neither of the two creature sightings
A Florida Game and Fresh Water Commission agent who examined tracks at
John's Nursery in Apopka said they all appeared to be man-made. Marion
County Sheriff Don Moreland chuckled about the Bigfoot report. "I've
been in law enforcement for 20 years here and I don't remember any reports
of monsters. Flying saucers, yes, but I don't recall any monsters."
Credit Source: Ron Schaffner
Florida: Sentinel Star; Wednesday, October 5, 1977
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