GroupingLegendary creature
CountryUnited States

In American folklore, the Gumberoo is a fearsome critter with hide so tough that bullets bounce off of it.


The gumberoo was described by early lumberjacks to be larger than a bear with a tough, shiny, black hide[1] that nothing could pierce. The only way to kill it was said to be fire, which caused the creatures to explode.[2][3]


  1. ^ Cox, William T. with Latin Classifications by George B. Sudworth. Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods. (Washington, D.C.: Judd & Detweiler Inc., 1910)
  2. ^ Bane, Theresa (2016). Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth, Legend and Folklore. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7864-9505-4.
  3. ^ Botkin, B.A. (1998). The American People: Stories, Legends, Tales, Traditions, and Songs. Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers. p. 251. ISBN 1-56000-984-5. gumberoo.