By Robert Benjamin
The Honey Island Swamp is located in Louisiana and is a vast swamp land that is located in the middle of the east and west Pearl Rivers. A part of the Honey Island Swamp is under the protection of the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge and the other part is managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. It was during the 1960s, as the human population started to encroach upon the swamplands that sightings of a tall, wooly, bipedal mammal were reported. The first accounts of the Honey Island Swamp Monster were that of Harlan Ford.
Harlan Ford was the first man to report sightings of the Honey Island Swamp Monster. He is also one of the very first people to be able to retrieve tracks the monster left. He saw the monster for the first time on 1963, but did not report what he saw until 1974. Ford and his Friend Robert Mills were in the swamp lands looking for an abandoned camp that they had spotted from the air. They came into a clearing and were surprised to see in front of them a massive creature that was down on all fours. Mills asked Ford as to what the creature was, it supposedly heard them and faced the two men, after a while it stood up and ran back into the bush. The two men ran after the creature in an attempt to get a better look at it, but all they found were its tracks.
Harlan and Ford went home and shared the experience with family and friends. It wasn't until 1974 when the two friends returned to the Honey Island Swamp to hunt for ducks that they saw signs of the monster again. This time, although the friends did not see the creature again, they were treated to an array of dead wild boars. They followed the line of animals until they saw a freshly killed boar. Beside it, they found tracks similar to the ones they had seen in 1963. Not wanting to risk their necks, the friends left the Honey Island Swamp and only came back later that night to create a cast of the prints they had found beside the boar. The plaster cast prints remain until today and have helped dispute claims that the wild boar killings were only that of an alligator.
Ever since Harlan Ford and Robert Mills initially saw the creature in 1963 and the presentation of a footprint cast in 1974 there have been various reported sightings of the Honey Island Swamp Creature. These sightings include that of Ted Williams who claims to have seen the creature numerous times and is noted to have said that there is more than just Honey Island Swamp. Williams used to say that he had never attempted to shoot any of the creatures because they did not seem to want to harm him either. At present, there has been no news on Ted Williams since he was reported to have disappeared one day when he took his boat into the deeper part of the Honey Island Swamp.
There is a website that describes the Honey Island Swamp Monster and numerous other creatures of Cryptozoology in detail, this website is called: Unknown Creatures and it may be found at this url: http://www.unknown-creatures.com
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Robert W. Benjamin has been in the software business on the internet for over 8 years, and has been producing low-cost software for the past 25+ years. He first released products on the AMIGA and C64 computer systems in the late 1970's-80's.
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