Bigfoot Screams (Or, Sounds You’d Rather Not Hear in the Woods)

In late 2012, reports surfaced of strange noises coming out of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon. Described as shrill screams and loud roars, the sounds were so terrifying that residents were kept awake at night, and their dogs wouldn’t dare go outside.

Then there were rumors – were the screams just foxes or coyotes? Some raised the possibility of Native American skinwalkers, shapeshifters who could change their bodies into animals at will. Others believed the sounds were something else – a Bigfoot screaming out into the darkness, perhaps even a young one lost in the woods.

One woman, Colleen Chance, recorded the screams on her iPhone.

Residents of the area, described by homeownership counselor Marcus Luke, were “woodsy-type folks,” and as The Oregonian reported at the time, they were familiar with the local forests, their animals, and the sounds they made. But many felt these were different, and so the rumors of Bigfoot began to spread.

A Famous Bigfoot Shriek

This wasn’t the first time someone claimed to hear the shrill screams of Bigfoot echoing throughout a forest. Allegedly recorded by campers in Washington in 1971, the above audio is often shared as an example of an actual recording of Bigfoot.

Unfortunately, this turned out to be a recreation of sounds that a couple from British Columbia had experienced, originally featured in a film titled Bigfoot: Man or Beast.

And then there’s this…

Recordings, as I’m sure we all realize by now, prove nothing. What can we make of the Siberia recording — the Well to Hell — for example? Could be anything, if you ask me. But that, folks, doesn’t mean what we see or hear can’t be disturbing on its own.

Here’s a set of alleged Bigfoot screams recorded on July 8, 2012 in the Sierra Forest near Clipper Mills, California. However, it’s this next recording, taken in the same area on February 3, 2013 that is, personally, not something I’d want to hear while alone in the woods at night.

Even if they include the sounds of coyotes — perhaps something else has joined them.

As for those sounds that occurred at the Umatilla Indian Reservation, I’m not certain if we ever discovered their origin. One possible explanation pointed to wolves as the culprits, but I’m not sure that’s a definitive answer, and I’m unaware of any recent followups. If you are, let me know in the comments.

Have you ever heard anything mysterious in the forest? A shrill scream in the dead of night?

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. At hunting camp by the Grand Tetons I heard a scream that scared the heck out of the horses and my dog. That was 20 years ago and I have no idea what it was. It was of course night time and I was alone probly 20 miles from nearest road. not saying it was bigfoot but it was def strange.

  2. I have been a varment hunter for most of my adult life, I can tell you that foxes can make some of the scariest sounds you ever heard, along with coons, bobcats and mountain lions, just to name a few critters that hunt at night. But this here I can not make out. Coyotes are territorial and they will howl when intruders are about or to communicate with other coyotes to let their presence be known. My theory is, why wouldn’t an unknown species do likewise? ?

  3. Me and my friend are at Bedford Pennsylvania and we were walking back to the house when we heard a scream that sounded like a female but it was the dead of night and no one lives close by us

    1. I’ve experienced this as well. Middle of night right in front of my house. Sounded like a woman being MURDERED. But when I turned on the flood lights there was nothing visible. Our house is surrounded by woods on two sides a vacant lot on the other side and open pasture past the wooded part.

  4. Last night i heard a awful screaming noice that started low and got louder and deeper in tone, lasted about 3 to 4 second. Each scream seemed to get louder or closer to my house. I live on the bottom of a mountain. Scary i know that. Ive heard a lot of things but never like this.

    1. I had a similar experience i heard three crazy screams sounding like a man mixed with some sort of animal it’s kind of hard to explain but the three screams seemed to get louder/closer as you’ve stated and then at the closest point it just stopped as if it got right in front of my house and began to creep or ran off i’m not sure, but this has only happened to me once and it was the creepiest/scariest thing that i’ve ever heard.

  5. The death of Cain recorded in the book of Jasher 2:27, shows that he was probably hairy. Lamech shot him from afar by accident because he mistook him for an animal IE he was hairy. Esau was also covered in “reddish hair” from top to bottom, even on his hands. These “people” were offspring of the fallen ones (hybrid gene in the bloodline). This is where “Bigfoot” really comes from. It makes a lot of sense.

  6. There are no wolves ANYWHERE in california. This recording was captured incomplete mill california

  7. My husband and my have heard these sounds on lostriver wv while camping. Prior to coyotes never heard anything like it before.