The eerie late-night serenades began in November and emanate from a brushy swamp on the Umatilla Indian Reservation east of Pendleton. The cries range from high-pitched screams to basso profundo roars.
“It’s causing an uproar around here,” said Sylvia Minthorn, who lives in a tribal housing unit near the swamp, where she used to play as a child.
“It’s kind of spooky,” she said. “Some say it’s foxes, some say it’s a female coyote and some say it’s Sasquatch. I don’t know what it is.”
Some tenants of the reservation’s 190 rentals and 32 homes admitted being afraid and one man reported that his dogs were too terrified to go outside, said Josh Franken, the housing authority’s interim director.
So the dogs were too terrified to go outside. It does not mean they were scared of a Bigfoot. They heard a noise and probably identified it as a predator.
Armand Minthorn, Sylvia Minthorn’s uncle and a tribal spiritual leader, said he may have stumbled onto evidence of Bigfoot’s presence while hunting in the Blue Mountains many years ago.
“Right in the middle of the road was this great big footprint,” perhaps 16 or 18 inches long and manlike, he said. The enormous stride carried it across the road, leaving one footprint in the middle, he said.
How was the footprint visible? Mud, dirt, water? We hear many of these stories but they can’t often be confirmed or verified as to the person’s interpretation. Memories gets warped.
A few other points in this story to ponder: How do we view the native stories of a large wild man as relating to our modern view of Bigfoot? It was clear they thought of the creature as spiritual, not flesh and blood. Also, there are too many options in this story for what it could be. The jump to “Bigfoot” is unwarranted considering no one ever established it exists. All you can say is that it is unidentified. For now.
Here is the “bigfoot-howl” audio recording. The sound is loud, for sure, but beyond that not much else can be made of the audio. It is too distorted.
The Macaulay Library is the world’s largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings. You can hear foxes and coyotes there.
Addition: ABC News goes with the opinion of Matt Moneymaker. Really. Just awful.