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Bones wrote at 2007-12-20 16:04:47
Johnathan-



I was deer hunting in VA this morning and heard a blood curdling sound that sounded like a woman screaming.  I know the farm i hunt (in loudon county) has a bobcat, so im assuming that's what it was.  don't worry, you aren't crazy.


tired wrote at 2009-02-17 13:48:03
I would bet that you heard a fox.  The very creepy hack scream can wake anybody from a good sleep.  Fox are very common in VA.  Generally that particular sound means a territory dispute. I know that this is an old post.  After about a year of feeling fox free (we have some hens), we were reminded that they are around last night.


HANSEN wrote at 2009-07-09 14:08:02
I have been heaRING WHAT SOUNDS LIKE A WOMAN SCREAMING- LIKE SHE IS BEING MURDERED. NOT A SCREECH. GOES ON FOR LONG TIME &  COMES FROM WOODS.  HAVE HEARD IT ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION COMING FROM THE WOODS. i LIVE ON n.c. & s.C BORDER. REACHERCHING THE WEB, I HAVE FOUND OTHERS IN MY AREA TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS. IT IS NOT A SOUND THAT WILL WAKE YOU WITH A START BUT FIRST TIME I WAS ABUT TO CALL 911. NO WOMAN COULD CONTINUE TO SCREAM THAT LONG & LOUD.

sEEM OTHERS, LIKE MYSELF FEEL MAY BE A BIRD- HELP IT IS UNNERVING TO HEAR & I WANT TO IDENTIFY  IT AS UNDERSTANDING WILL MAKE LESS EERIE. THANKS


Janet wrote at 2009-07-16 13:15:36
We use to have an Owl right outside our bedroom window (wooded area) and it would wake us up screaming as you described. It was horrible but one night we zoomed in and was able to find where it was coming from. Not sure if its a mating call or what but maybe thats something you can search on the web for.


woodsman wrote at 2010-10-28 12:50:52
We live in a very wooded community and our land backs up to 35 undeveloped acres that backs up to 38 more with another 30-some odd acres to the side and we have a pretty large Coyote population here.  what the sounds you are describing sound like is exactly like the coyotes we hear all the time.. and when they scream it in the yard, it sounds really, super creepy..add to that my English Coon Hound sammy bellowing back, it gets seriously annoying...lol  


Summer prine wrote at 2014-11-27 00:34:20
It is very possible it could have been a deer. Last year when I was Hunting I shot a deer in the leg. We searched but we couldn't find it. The next day we saw coyotes and the ducked into the woods. Shortly after we heard those same screams and me and my dad jumped up and followed the coyotes trail. Sure enough it was the doe I shot the day before but I hadn't killed it only wounded it  


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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WWF. ZSL. Natural History Museum. RSPB. London Bat Group.

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Newsletters of London Zoo volunteers and the London Bat Group

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BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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