The "Minnesota Howls" clip that was "mysteriously" removed from the BFRO's Facebook page a few days ago now has an origin. A Bigfoot researcher named Andy P., who claims to be one of the researchers investigating this recording posted a comment sharing some details about its origin.
According to Andy, the howls were all recorded using a a Sony PCM-M10 recorder on March 15, 2012 in northern Minnesota. They sent the audio to an audio expert friend, and through excitement or miscommunication, the friend decided to share it on an internal BFRO Investigator's forum. According to Andy, this was a big mistake-- someone in the BFRO decided to share the audio in a public forum and it has now inadvertently fallen into public hands. "Even after it was made clear that this is copyrighted material and that the owner did not want it made public at this time. It seems that the integrity of the BFRO investigators is continuing to slide, and I am sorry to see it happening," wrote Andy.
Andy notes that they have completed their investigation and have "FULLY vetted this recording, the witness, and the location". He says they we will be posting the recording in full on a website specifically for the purpose of sharing.
"I expect that we will have a copy of the original unedited file, the enhanced version posted here (the audio expert we gave it had, I believe, cleaned up a lot of the background noise in this version), as well as several smaller clips from it that can be downloaded and used for call blasting."
Here's the recording if you haven't heard it yet. It's creepy has hell:
From Andy P.:
My name is Andy P., I am a squatch researcher in MN. I am one of the people researching this recording. I thought I should come on here and give you a little background on this, now that it is public. First, I apologize that this got made public the way that it did. We submitted the audio to an audio expert friend who, through a miscommunication about the wishes of the witness and his excitement about the recording, shared it with the internal BFRO Investigator's Chat board before we had fully vetted this recording or finished our investigation into the location which is still progressing.
I confess, I am very disappointed that someone in the BFRO chose to break their NDA and disclose this file here, even after it was made clear that this is copyrighted material and that the owner did not want it made public at this time. It seems that the integrity of the BFRO investigators is continuing to slide, and I am sorry to see it happening. If you are a BFRO Investigator, please consider how breaking witness confidence and wishes like this undermines your credibility with other witnesses.
Oh well, cats out, not going to shove it back in now. So here is a little background. The audio was recorded in the early morning hours using a Sony PCM-M10 recorder on March 15, 2012. The person who got the recording has been researching in northern MN for years. He obtained permission to place the recorder from a land owner in a location where vocalizations had been heard. He's been setting the recorder out and leaving it all night (yes, the stick snapping you hear is something unknown moving around the recorder and not the witness moving; he was not present during the event). He's literally recorded and listened to days’ worth of recordings from this area.
The location is a wooded habitat broken with large bogs and streams. We are currently studying this area more in depth, placing a few other recorders around the area. We have managed to record a few more vocalizations as well.
When we have completed our investigation and have FULLY vetted this recording, the witness, and the location, we will be posting the recording in full. We are currently creating a site specifically for the purpose of sharing evidence like this with the community at large, free of charge. I expect that we will have a copy of the original unedited file, the enhanced version posted here (the audio expert we gave it had, I believe, cleaned up a lot of the background noise in this version), as well as several smaller clips from it that can be downloaded and used for call blasting. We'll also present a much more detailed account of the recording and a critical analysis of it and the other recordings we are getting. Again, we have no intention to charge for any of this, so anyone claiming that it was pulled because someone wants money is pushing BS. It just takes time to investigate a site like this and to also build the infrastructure for the new website we are developing to host and share evidence. Please bear with us, we hope to have all this available by midsummer.
[Update] The audio file has been removed from SoundCloud due to copyright complaint against the uploader.