People have been reporting some strange things in Alert Bay recently.
One of them is an eerie howling sound that many residents keep hearing, especially at night (you can hear it for yourself in the video above). It doesn’t quite sound like an animal or a human–it doesn’t really sound like anything we’ve ever heard before. But residents have encountered the sound so much, they’ve been able to get recordings of it.
“This summer I’ve heard it three times,” said resident Rod Alfred. “But it’s been coming here for years.”
By “it,” Alfred means Bigfoot.
Part of the reason this strange sound is automatically being attributed to the supposedly mythical creature is because there isn’t anything else it can really be blamed on. There’s hardly any real wildlife on Cormorant Island; no bears, cougars or even deer. So you can rule out animals, and most people don’t think their pets are to blame either.
“No dog can make that kind of a noise,” said another resident, Art Dyck.
Bigfoot-like creatures are also featured prominently in much of the aboriginal folklore that dominates the island, which could be driving some of the theories. Depending on which First Nation you draw the legends from, the creature could possibly be either Dzunukwa, Thumquas or a Wendigo, assuming the legends are true (we’re sure there are more, but those seem to be the most popular).
In most legends, Dzunukwa is a female cannibal giant who eats children and roams through wooded areas crying “hu-hu!” to attract them (which could be the noise everyone keeps hearing). Thumquas is the name the Cowichan People gave to Bigfoot, the upright, apelike creature we all know and love. While a Wendigo is a horrifying half-man, half-beast creature with antlers on its head (although Wendigos are generally found in East Coast folklore).
Dyck might be able to help pinpoint which one it is, because he hasn’t just been hearing strange things, he says he’s actually seen the creature responsible for the sounds. While he was on an island further south of Cormorant a few years ago, he said the beast actually uprooted a tree and hurled it at him and some of his friends.
“It pulled a tree right out of the ground, the branches were still on it,” Dyck said. “I don’t know anything that could literally pull a tree out with roots and all.”
He’s not the only one, either.
Mackenzie Mountain, who recorded the sound, said he saw a large, upright creature dash across a building near a local soccer field.
“They don’t even stay there anymore after dark,” he said, referring to the teens who play there.
British Columbia currently holds the record for most Bigfoot sightings in Canada, by a long shot. One-hundred thirty sightings have been reported between 1924 and 2013, according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. The runner-up is Ontario, with 67.
Who knows, maybe there’s something lurking out there after all.