Take a listen to this. Can you identify that howl? It was recorded in the Canadian wilderness, so we can with relative safety attribute it so some wild animal. But what kind of animal? A wolf? A moose? A bear? Sasquatch? Officials with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry haven’t been able to identify it, nor could the hunter who recorded it. “…I started thinking of all the animals in the area—I’d heard during my life—and it didn’t match any of them,” said Gino Meekis. “It was more bass-y than anything I’ve heard scream before…At first, I wasn’t scared because it sounded kind of far from where we were…[but I] could hear it moving…it sounded kind of heavy.” Sounds creepy, too.
I wish the recording was better. I wish the scream was louder. It’s easy to see how early people, who spent their lives in or around the woods, could hear something like this and begin to create stories to explain it. The legend of the Wendigo comes first to mind. If I were making a Horror movie featuring a werewolf or a Wendigo, I think I’d use this recording for the sound FX for the creature’s roar.