Tim Baker

I’ve listened to the Illinois and Colorado howls a bunch, and there is definitely something odd about them. When I first heard the Illinois Howl, I thought “that’s just somebody’s dog”. But I started to notice some strange things about them. Then later, I heard the Colorado Howls. That peaked my curiosity even more, especially since, for the first time that’s been made public (that I’m aware of), some of the howls were recorded on four different recorders simultaneously. That made me decide to do some further analysis of the calls. So, I ran them through some spectral analyzing software trying to find a match for them, comparing them to lots of dog sounds. No match. Hmmmm…

The Illinois Howl – link to the discussion about the Illinois howl:

The Illinois Howl

Link to one of the sound files:

Illinois Howl -  4/4/2006

I also thought that the Illinois Howls might be a large domestic dog in love. My German Shepherd howled very similarly when one of his lady friends was in season and he couldn’t get to her. So, I analyzed a full repertoire of his “love songs”. Nope, not that either. And no match to the Colorado Howls, either. So, the next thing I thought was that it might be coyotes. But, after spending enough time running lots of coyote calls through the analyzer S/W until my wife got aggravated at me, and my dogs had worn themselves out howling and barking at the recordings, I have to agree with Stan that they do NOT match up to coyotes. And I was pretty sure I would find a match, especially from an older male. But, no. So, I ran wolf howls from various places around the country through the S/W and while a few were closer, it was still “no cigar”. And the calls are certainly NOT cattle.

The Colorado Howl – link to the discussion about the Colorado howl:

The Colorado Howl

Link to one of the sound files:

The Colorado Howl

A couple of friends and I tried to duplicate the calls doing them ourselves, with and without various megaphones, and in different places like large culverts and bathtubs, also through pipes of different sizes. And we are pretty danged good doing calls with our mouths. Even tried with a didgeridoo, elk bugle, and bull horn (real one, not the electronic kind). Nope. I’ve played a little with Mongolian throat singing over the years and sometimes can do it pretty well (if nobody’s looking at me…lol). That didn’t match either. There were several times that I thought we had nailed the sound ourselves or had found an animal sound that matched it, but when we ran it through the S/W, it was clearly different.

Conclusion:… I don’t know what in the hell made those vocalizations. And I personally believe that bigfoot exists. (And yes, I already know that some of you on here don’t believe they exist, but that’s an argument for another time.) And, I’ve also recorded what I’m pretty sure ARE bigfoot vocalizations, but none of them sound just like these particular Howler recordings. But some of the vocalizations I’ve heard DO contain the simultaneous and/or trilling high and low frequencies found in the Illinois and Colorado Howl recordings. And some of the vocalizations DO contain greater energy in the lower frequencies like these Howl recordings.

But like I said, I can’t say WHAT made those Howl vocalizations, and I don’t think that bigfoot made them, per se. I’ll discuss the reason that I don’t believe these are normal bigfoot vocalizations in a follow-on post. Now, if you do much investigating into bigfoot sightings, you come across references to “dog-faced” ones, or “long-snouted” ones, or “dog-men”, or ones that looked like werewolves, or loup-garou’s, or creatures like the Beast of Seven Chutes and the Beast of LBL, or as some Native Americans call them: the Nalusa Falaya. I’ve never seen one, but I’ve personally heard three first-hand reports of sightings of them, and two of them were from reputable, trustworthy, dead-serious folks. IF they exist, could these be some of their vocalizations?

Another interesting thing about the creatures that made the Illinois and Colorado Howls, as well as some of the howls recorded in other parts of the country is this: The vocalizations of the Howlers sound like they are solitary creatures – not part of the local coyote packs. They do the vast majority of their howling completely independently of the howling of the local coyotes. Only in a few of the recordings does the Howler start up after the local ‘yotes start howling, but even then, the Howler keeps going by itself after the ‘yotes have quit. In almost all of the recordings, the Howler starts doing its thing by itself, and then the coyotes join in and it becomes a cacophony of yelps, yips and howls, but when the ‘yotes finally tire of it and quit, the Howler keeps on going, by itself. And in the Illinois recordings, it is clear that the Howler is independent from domestic dogs in the area. The dogs respond to the Howler, but the Howler doesn’t respond to the dogs.

As further support of this solitary-and-independent theory, Stan was sometimes able to ascertain that the Howler and the coyotes were physically separated by some distance, often 200 to 300 yards or more. In fact, in Colorado, he was able to determine the locations of the Howler and the coyotes quite accurately. And they always stayed separated, except for one instance when a coyote and the Howler passed fairly close to each other in a meadow.

Now, from the Illinois and Colorado Howl recordings, I’ve been able to draw the following possible conclusions:

1) The Howler, in these cases, was not a standard canid such as a dog, coyote, fox, wolf or a cross of any of these, but it obviously is capable of producing a similar call.
2) The Howler was not a human, at least not a human using any easily portable sound producing or modification device of which I or others know.
3) The frequency range of the Howler’s calls does not match that of native canids, especially in the lower frequencies and there is more energy in the lower frequency ranges, which some believe indicates a larger animal.
4) The Howler is a possibly solitary creature which operates independently of the local coyote packs and even independently of the local domestic dogs.
5) The calls don’t quite match the ones that I believe are bigfoot vocalizations, but they have very similar or the same frequency range.

So, what kind of large creature can make calls that closely mimic canid vocalizations but contains the frequency range and acoustic energy attributed to bigfoot???

I have just listened to what Stan is calling the “Lake Howl, Illinois – 2010” and I have some definite ideas about that call, but I’ll discuss that in a follow-on posting.