Los Angeles National Forest: Goatman Territory!
When it rains, it pours. Just yesterday I was informed of the legend of the Goatman of Nags Head Woods down in Kill Devils Hill, North Carolina. This morning I woke up and discovered yet another Goatman legend previously unknown to me, this one involving the Angeles National Forest, in southern California. A 700,000 acre forest in back of Los Angeles. Elevations range from 1,200 to 10,064 feet. Much of the Forest is covered with dense chaparral which changes to pine and fir-covered slopes as you reach the San Gabriel Mountains.
I owe this discovery to a Goatman enthusiast by the name of Vila. According to Vila, her mother grew up in the 1950s with legends of a Goatman that roamed the forest. In the 1950s, this “Goatman” was allegedly a strange, mentally handicapped son of an old farmer. During Vila’s own childhood growing up in the 1980s, the legend changed, specifying the farmer’s son wasn’t just mentally challenged, but a mutant who was born disfigured from atomic radiant from a nearby missile site.
Vila has recently been discussing the Goatman legend with the current generation of youth, and has discovered the legend has changed yet again. Now Goatman is allegedly disfigured and mutated thanks to exposure to DDT.
Vila writes: “The tales I’ve found from talking to kids is that the Goatman was disfigured via eating fish and game exposed to DDT that his dad brought home some time in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I only vaguely remember the massive wildlife die-off that over use of DDT pesticides caused – The California Condor was especially hard hit. Something like 50 to 60 percent of the Condor population died off and they became critically endangered.”
Now that the cold war is long dead, the fear of nuclear radiation, while still a terrifying possibility in an age when all sorts of rogue nations (cough. North Korea. cough) are putting together nuclear missile programs, seems outdated: the stuff of 50s sci-fi films and Silver Age comic books. One of this generation’s chief concerns is pollution and our own impact on the environment. It’s no wonder that ecological concerns have been tacked onto a Goatman legend.
Thanks Vila, for not only pointing out there’s a Goatman legend in Angeles National Forest, but also for mapping out its evolution of the past 60 plus years!
Now that the legends are known to me, I wonder if anyone has actually seen a strange creature like Goatman in the Angeles National Forest? It’s certainly big enough, and wild enough, to be ideal cryptid territory. If anyone has seen a strange creature sighting there, please contact me!
For more information on Goatman legends and sighting across the country, please check out Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?