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Illinois Barker

//Illinois Barker

Illinois Barker

Once in awhile something very odd happens when I am recording.  This past Thursday, the 29th of November, 2012 my wife and I were awakened at 12:30 a.m. I heard my dog whining on the back deck. I first thought she had been attacked by one of the dogs that travels occasionally past our home.

[The now dry cove behind our home]

I immediately jumped up and raced for the door not knowing what the problem was. By the time I got outside my dog, Belle, had moved to the side yard and was barking towards something down by the cove, behind our house. Belle stopped and came back into the house and we all went to bed.

When I got up in the morning I listened to my nightly recordings and immediately found this dog barking. At first I was convinced that it was just a stray and I isolated the clip and put in my files for dog barks. I was going to keep it for future reference of dog sounds.

Later I started thinking about the strangeness of that night.

The barking went on for a full five minutes before Belle went outside. Belle normally spends the night going in and out and checking every couple of hours. I am just wondering if the lower tones on these barks did not awaken her as quickly as the  normal higher barks. When Belle went out onto the back deck she did not bark, she instead whined, which is odd. This whining is what woke my wife and I.

I am not saying dogmatically that this is not a stray dog barking, but because of the strangeness behind the recording it will require more sound analysis.

Recorded the 29th of November, 2012.

Click here to listen to sound clip:  Illinois Barker

Waveform view and spectral view of the Illinois Barker

By | 2016-09-05T19:56:57+00:00 December 1st, 2012|My Research|37 Comments

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  1. Trudie December 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Stan, this sounds like one big dog. There is so much power and depth to the voice. Having had dogs for so many years, this barking sounds as if he is trying to get attention, if that makes any sense. I played this recording for my dogs. Two of them responded by barking. One of them, who ALWAYS barks at the sight or sound of another dog, simply sat and stared at the speakers which I found odd. Thanks so much for sharing this.


  2. jeff December 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

    One nite 1:30am Oct.18th,2011 In my area that a go

    squatching. Myself, and another person, where in my research area. We where looking at two large, glowing, yellow eyes spaced far apart. Then an owl hooted 20 or so, feet up. In one of the trees above the eye shine we where seeing, they where bright. Two seconds or so, later another owl hooted. This owl sound came from the ground. I asked the guy with me. Did that come from ground. He says yep. after a few moments. I then said that baby owl sure has a deep voice. Thats what the Il. Barker sound clip reminds me of.

  3. jeff December 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Stan would you say that pattern of barking, is like Belle’s barking pattern.? I think it was trying to get Belle to bark?

    • stancourtney December 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      No, it was not Belle's pattern.

      • Michael Constantin January 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

        I think the barking was predatory deception. Belle didn’t fall for it or she would have been eaten. Very skillful mimicry by the predator. Squatches have a long history of killing dogs because dogs bust them when they don’t want to get busted. Humans have been eating dogs forever. Bark like a dog, get a territorial response from a dog. Dog comes out to defend or investigate, gets its neck snapped, thrown over a shoulder and taken home for dinner.

  4. Alan Francis December 5, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I played the recording at home with my two dogs and one became very upset and barked and the other looked scared and sat by my laptop computer and listened silently to the deep barking sounds.

    I think both dogs knew this was not another dog barking sound. They know more about dog barking/language than we will ever know and they knew that this was a fake or a hoax and something to be feared and upset about.

    I would recommend keeping an eye on your dog after dark and keeping her safe.

  5. G. de La Hoya December 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Stan, I admire the tremendous amount of time and effort that you have put into this site. However, some of us being skeptics that want to believe should steer clear of commenting.

    • stancourtney December 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I have always been very careful not to state that anything is Sasquatch related, whether that is footprints, sightings or vocalizations. You can not find anywhere that I have written any sounds are Sasquatch as there are no videos available publicly that show a Sasquatch vocalizing. I only label my Bigfoot Sounds page so that Google will pick it up.

  6. Matt E December 6, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Very compelling!

    First thing that came to mind was the Colorado Howl. I know it was a different pitch but the tone sounded very similar. Am I way off?

    Honestly when I listened to the recording I didn’t think it was a dog. It actually sounded like something imitating a bark, which kind of blows my mind!

    Awesome Stan!

    • stancourtney December 6, 2012 at 9:07 am


      As the sound quality is so good on the recording and it does sound to my ears like a dog, all I can go on is the behavior. This does not appear typical dog behavior. Bark and disappear is odd.

  7. Jim Stoddard December 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Stan, what would you do if this occurred again in the dead of night and you rush outside only to be met by something large, hairy and bipedal facing you?

    • stancourtney December 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Well, I hope a learned a lesson from this little episode.

  8. Barry Cullen December 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Way too much timbre to be a dog unless it weighs several hundred lbs or more. Also, dog bark’s taper off as they proceed in a group whereas these remain at the same volume. IMHO – doesn’t sound like any dog I’ve heard!

    • stancourtney December 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks for the input Barry. The confusing part for me and my wife was the behavior of this animal. It was not doglike in the way it approached our home and the way it took off as soon as our dog went outside. Belle certainly does not sound anywhere as large as this animal.

  9. Matt December 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    There is a “wrongness” to the barking. There are no idiosyncratic characteristics. What I mean is that dogs, like people, use inflection, they work themselves up and run out of breath or get too excited and get their bark “wrong”. A dog’s barking reflects its personality and mood or intent. This barking reflects — barking. The only way I can think of to describe it is sterile. An outstanding recording and thanks for posting it. Thanks also for the BF act of kindness response on the other site. -Maddog

    • stancourtney December 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks Matt. I know there is something strange about this recording but I couldn't quite put it into words. Stan

  10. All Down Hill December 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Stan, nice recording. It sounds to me that huge animal with powerful set lungs is trying to imitate the higher pitched bark of a toy poodle or some other small lap dog. At the end of “some” of the barks it sounds more like a primate than an dog. Of course, it could just be acoustic dynamics of that particular dried up cove. If the former is the case, is the animal in woods trying to lure your house/outdoor dog to the wood line as a hunting tactic? Just a thought. If that’s what’s happening here this could be a really important recording. Hard to tell for sure. Who knows.

    • stancourtney December 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Very difficult to figure out the purpose of the animal was. I don't think it was trying to lure Belle out to the woods. As soon as Belle went outside it left through the woods.

  11. Defrost Indoors December 23, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Agreed, it sounds fake and rather eerie, especially since real dog barks rarely sound so much like “woof woof”.

  12. nate December 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I study bigfoot from my computer. I live in Chatham and those barks are loud and I think a sound that is fishy is leaves in the background that are rustling, it might be bigfoot.

    True believer,


  13. Erich M January 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm
    I live in this area. This story terrifies me. There are loads of uncharted forestry around here and something just seems off at times when I’m out there.

    • stancourtney January 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Illinois has lots of great areas.

  14. Tmara January 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    It does sound phony and sterile, has an unrealistic “sound effect quality” to it…interesting to find out that others use their own dogs as test subjects for possible bf recordings. I always have. My dogs will ignore some and behave very curiously when listening to others. This clip left them very unsettled. I would not let Belle out at night.

  15. waggs January 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Doesn’t sound like any dog I’ve ever heard

  16. JAW January 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Stumbled on your recording and couldn’t resist playing it for my Rottie. She’s a well adjusted 100lb animal that is not afraid of much. She reacted curiously – head bent ears up – for a few seconds and then retreated to the door of my closed office. She was not interested in being in the room any more. I’d say Belle may have been on the menu and you’re awakening is what scared the barker away. BTW – My Rot’s bark is about as deep as they come, but nothing like that…

  17. Trudie January 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Stan, the more I listen to this recording, the more I’m inclined to think it most definitely was