Skunk Ape. - [Cryptid] - (sometimes also known as "the abominable swampslob or stink-ape.)
• About this Cryptid: Named for their putrid, lingering stench which has been described as "bad eggs, mixed with skunk and the odour of rotting flesh" Southern Sasquatches have been spotted all throughout Florida, It's said that they have been known by trappers and fishermen as far back as the 1920s, they have been sighted as recently as 2010. - Skunkapes are especially present in the Everglades forests and swamps. - They are often described as having greasy, dark reddish-brown or black fur, they are often depicted with white patches or grey beards. - Some reports have said that their feet measure 17" and a half inches long, and 11" and a half inches wide (across the toes) - they can weigh somewhere between 300-700 pounds! They're Often said to stand at about 6.6ft tall and are typically described as being "chimp or orangutang like" with the females being on the smaller side. They tend to walk hunched over. (Though the creatures Posture, height, foot size, weight and appearance of course vary wildly between accounts, most pop culture appearances uses the standard 'caveman-sasquatch' look.) Plaster casts from the everglades swampland's 'prove' that the creature likely has 3-4 toed, webbed feet (or hands.) - Skunk Ape trackers* say that it they live inside of or around alligator dens. - A skunk apes favourite meal is said to be “wet” lima beans with deer liver. [this is said to be the ideal bait, though: it's illegal to use bait to trap "animals" in Florida... it should also be noted that lima beans release cyanide, when crunched raw.]
• History: Specifically, the skunk ape which I have illustrated is (loosely) inspired by the The Myakka Skunk Ape photos from 2000. (as well as various description which have sprung up over time, I decided to lean into the orangutang look because Its a "different" shiloette from the "Neanderthal Sasquatch.") ...20+ years later, the Myakka ape photos are probably still: "the best-known p
[The unsigned letter, archived thanks to the way back machine.] (notably the sender does not mention big foot (even once) just that she’s concerned for peoples safety.)]
Loren Coleman (Renown cryptozoologist & Founder of the International museum of cryptozoology (of Maine.) - a full year prior to the photographs surfacing: also included an entry for the skunk ape in Cryptozoology A-Z  - He also further elaborates on his research about the Myakka skunk ape (and many other big foot cousins) in "Bigfoot! The true story of apes in America."  both books are must reads for those who are interested in the field of cryptozoology, or if just you want to know the full scoop about these photos I'd suggest you look there!!!
Ochopee, Florida. - The Skunkape Festival is also held on the Campgrounds every June. (i'll come back and update this with more information another time, check back soon.)
• Fearsome critters: Skunk-Apes have also been included in a number of bestiaries on the subject of fearsome critters. Notably Once as the final entry in "Mythical Creatures of the USA & Canada" [Walker D Wyman, 1969.] & much more recently in "Fearsome Creatures of Florida" by John Henry Fleming [2009.]