Skinwalker Caught On Tape

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 13th, 2012

Skinwalker drawing for illustrative purposes only. Not associated with Navajo Cops.

From the Diné (the Navajo)….

This breaking notice has just been sent my way:


National Geographic’s NAVAJO COPS series has captured the sounds and VIDEO of a mysterious Bigfoot-like creature that the local Navajo call “The Howler.”

NAVAJO COPS’ premier episode showed the reservation’s tribal police force investigating reports of a mysterious sounds from a creature called “The Howler.” Some on the reservation claimed the howling came from a Bigfoot, others said it was a Skinwalker – a malevolent, werewolf-like Navajo spirit made famous in Tony Hillerman’s novels.

In the upcoming NAVAJO COPS episode called “Eyes of the Howler,” officers pursue reports of the creature deep into the back-country, where a SWAT team encounters the disturbing howls (caught on audio) and track the noise to a cave – where video reveals a disturbing set of red-rimmed eyes…

The Navajo Nation police department makes it a policy to investigate supernatural encounters… though “Eyes of the Howler” episode has the best video and audio evidence of the mysterious being.

You can see and hear some of the best evidence of this Navajo version of Bigfoot on NAVAJO COPS – “Eyes of the Howler,” National Geographic Channel, Monday March 19, 10 pm.

Further details are coming in…this from an individual involved: “I’m supervising producer on the series. I wasn’t with the crew that shot the Howler footage… but I can tell you that cameramen and producers were thoroughly spooked. Not only did they hear the weird howling -which freaked them out – they all saw this pair of eyes watching them from a small cave… and the eyes disappeared by the time the police arrived there. I don’t know how to explain the phenomena (and there may be dozens of ‘ordinary’ explanations) but I do know that the traditional Navajo officers were convinced they had encountered, heard and seen a Skinwalker, with the results caught on tape.”

Here is how the program is being promoted on the NatGeo schedule site:

“10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Navajo Cops: Eyes of the Howler
“Navajo Police Officers mount a new hunt for The Howler a mysterious creature believed to have killed dogs and livestock. Some of the elders in the community suspect it might be a Skinwalker, while others insist that its the Navajo version of Bigfoot. As they sweep through a remote canyon, the heavily-armed cops actually hear the chilling sound caught on tape and they think its coming from a cave high in the cliffs. Have they finally tracked down the elusive Howler?”

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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

23 Responses to “Skinwalker Caught On Tape”

  1. ModernShanahan responds:

    So the creature’s full body is on video? I would love to see this. Let’s hope it’s not a hoax to get ratings -_- Will this be the year of Cryptid Exposure?

  2. Redrose999 responds:

    Dubious about it being a real (due to our experience with Finding Bigfoot), but as a Tony Hillerman fan, and someone fascinated by stories of skinwalkers in Navajo mythology, I look forward to this episode! It sounds very, very fun!

  3. windigo responds:

    As a Sasquatch researcher, I have in years past interviewed members of the Navajo Nation, and their stories, often passed down through many generations, never failed to impress. I truly look forward to this episode.

  4. Redrose999 responds:

    a real creature I mean.

  5. Sasquatch Up Close responds:

    Sounds like it’s just the “red-rimmed eyes,” not the whole body.

  6. Jonathan Poulsen responds:

    I don’t get it. Is it supposed to be some new species of coyote? The picture up top appears to represent a dog or wolf-like face.

  7. Hapa responds:

    Thorough investigation is in order here. Following questions need answers

    1. Was this indeed a hoax perpetrated to get ratings for the show
    2. Was the film altered with CGI or contains evidence of other movie magic techniques and tools?
    3. Have all possible animals been ruled out (Coyote, cougar, perhaps an exotic out of place animal…?)
    4. Besides film, is there any other evidence collected (tracks, hair, scat?)

    Cannot wait to view the film, but remember: still just a film without a body, major parts of one, or a live specimen!

  8. Ed62 responds:

    Hi All,

    I love cryptomundo and just registered. I found this photo “Giant primate-bigfoot-thing (Skinwalker?) in the Navajo Indian Reservation“, would like your thoughts on it…

  9. bipedalist responds:

    Do they have extra big salamanders in caves out in Navajo country? because they do here in the mtns of NC…… and the suckers will reflect back red=eyed (Yonahlossee salamander can be a foot or more long)…. named after a Cherokee chief…… spookier yet their eyes are positioned on the head face forward not on the sides and they do have binocular vision….. granted they don’t howl like a bigfoot and are not nearly as big….. but a flashlight hitting those red eyes unexpectedly is quite the thrill.

  10. ModernShanahan responds:

    Yes I had failed to read the part “Red-Rimmed Eyes”. Yeah, I’m going to agree with Hapa on #4. If the howling is near the red eyes, then it must be an unknown animal or cryptid. Although, I don’t think it’s a spirit. I think it’s just a large canine, maybe a giant extinct wolf… or a very large primate… Baboons do have deadly teeth! Why not a large monkey. Preferably a “Unknown Giant Baboon”… Maybe Apes like Bigfoot (if it exist) may not be the only primate in the United States and Canada… If Bigfoot is a ape? Then I would assume a large north American Monkeys (NAM) would exist as well. I was surprised to read about the extinct North American Lion. Although they have fossils, not all bones become fossils. So I wouldn’t rule out primates.

    If the picture above is a real animal and if it’s a Skinwalker… It does seem Canine like and If you can Loren, can you make it clear if that picture is real or fake? It would really help most of us out that never seen that picture before. I’m also debating if that picture is real.

  11. ModernShanahan responds:

    I just googled Giant Monkeys. Here’s a link that backs up my Giant North American Baboon Theory and Giant North American Monkey theory.

  12. shmargin responds:

    So, without seeing this video, I have a grand theory about what this video will contain:

    1) Creepy animal noises.

    2) Darkness.

    3) Shaky and running camera footage.

    4) Two dots of light, presumably eyes, that could be made by anything or anyone.

    5) No evidence.

    I’m honestly not a skeptic and fully believe in all kinds of paranormal, from bigfoot, to aliens, to secret blood lines ruling our planet, BUT, bad evidence, or non existent evidence, being passed off as proof of anything, only hurts any cause its for.

    And that’s just what I foresee happening here based on the description from the shows producer.

  13. Aquahead Dan responds:

    They better not pull a Hillstrand and show us a couple seconds of video at the very end of the show.

  14. paul_r responds:

    No one even asked what has red eye shine. I think reptiles have red eye shine.

  15. mandors responds:

    “The Howler a mysterious creature believed to have killed dogs and livestock”

    Dogs and chickens=coyote. Dogs and cows=? Big difference.

    @Hapa The problem I am anticipating is that because it is a “skinwalker,” i.e., a human shapeshifter, any physical evidence is most likely going to be human, and so inconclusive.

    I’m with shmargin, just another bad redux of “The Blair Witch Project.”

  16. Desertdweller responds:

    The thing in ED62’s link does not look to me like the thing being described in the topic post. There is nothing canine in the image.

    There are things commonly seen in the Southwestern deserts that can look a lot like ED62’s picture. My first impression of the image was that it was a dead stump of a joshua tree. These things die and turn dark, sometimes with a smaller protrusion atop the stump. However, looking closer, there appears to be muscle definition in the areas that would be the pectorals and abs. So, unless my eyes are trying to see more than is there, it could be an ape-like creature.

    If what we see are pects and abs, the thing must be facing the camera, yet I can discern no facial detail at all. Which brings us back to the stump.

    The image at the top of the original article is obviously CG, and probably bears no resemblance at all to whatever is shown in the show. I am not expecting anything revealing in this program. It will be a surprise if it is not just a repackaged “Monster Quest”.

  17. shmargin responds:

    @ MrJustinChangohan

    Are you talking about the picture in the article that has the subtext “Skinwalker drawing for illustrative purposes only. Not associated with Navajo Cops.”

    Because I get the feeling a couple of commenters didn’t read that part…

  18. ModernShanahan responds:

    @Shmargin: yeah I missed that part. Either way I have a feeling it’s a giant baboon.

  19. CaptainCaveman responds:


    Ed62’s photo link looks like an amateurish drawing was inserted into a blurry photograph. (i.e. Photoshop hoax).

  20. Dark Auk responds:

    While there isn’t much to go on in terms of appearance, do you think it is possible that this may be a shunka warak’in?

  21. CDC responds:

    Hey guys, just saw the actual footage…you should start a thread about it…pretty cool!!!!

  22. Oh Mah responds:

    I just saw the Navajo Cops episode with the “howler”. I don’t know what that was. It was difficult to hear the “howl” the camera crew recorded very clearly. The supposed eyeshine coming from the cave on the hill looked pretty spooky. If this isn’t just some hoaxed ploy for ratings, it’s one of the coolest bigfooty things I’ve seen on TV.

  23. Craig Woolheater responds:


    See Navajo Cops: “Eyes of the Howler”.

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