Louisiana (Swamp Ape) Monster Hunter Mike Wooley passed away at 9 pm, April 5, 2019.
He grew up in Zwolle, Louisiana, and was a member of the Class of 1973 at Zwolle High School. Died too early.
He appeared on Swamp Ape episodes on the In Search Of episode and others. He recently appeared on the Travel Channel.
In the 2016 film, Skookum: The Hunt for Bigfoot, Mike Wooley is credited as the property master, the director of product placement, the executive producer, and Himself.
Wooley’s bio associated with the film:
Mike’s incredible encounter with Bigfoot in North Louisiana was the inspiration for the Skookum story. Mike’s first encounter with a Bigfoot was in December 1981 while deer hunting in DeSoto Parish in North Louisiana. One afternoon about 3 pm, he was hunting near an old logging road. His deer stand was facing due north in about 12 o’clock position when a young doe deer ran up to his stand and literally laid down next to the stand. She had been running so hard that she was foaming at the mouth. He thought a big buck was chasing her and that he would get to kill him. Out of Mike’s peripheral vision, he saw something hop to a tree that was about 60 ft away.Turning to his right he saw a 7 foot tall, approximately 450 pound creature. He couldn’t believe his eyes. Stunned, Mike thought it was someone in a costume. After about 15 minutes, the creature grew impatient and chased Mike back to his truck, parked along the logging road about a mile away. Since then Mike has seen approximately nine other creatures. Mike Wooley’s personal quest is to prove the existence of these creatures.
Here is the plot for Skookum:
Deep in the Louisiana swamp lives a legend. In the fall of 2013, the
legend comes to life. Many have seen, some have heard, and none have
forgotten: the giant hairy creature with glowing red eyes that locals
refer to as the Caddo Lake Creature.
When the long dormant Bigfoot monster seemingly begins
a brutal reign of terror, glamorous talk show host, Anna,
must leave her highly coveted position to search for her
sister Megan, a Bigfoot researcher, in the swampy wilderness of
northern Louisiana. She reluctantly enlists the aid of her former
boyfriend and his father, two of the world’s most respected Bigfoot
research scientists, a Native American shaman, and Cajun swamp guide
Gator. Separated from the others during the exhaustive
search for Megan, Anna ends up alone in the swamp, with only the
fading light of her cell phone to guide the way. Ultimately, she must
confront her own worst nightmare to find her sister and provide the
key to ending the massive carnage, and face down the most dangerous
creature known to man.