November 24th, 2009, 09:24 PM
screaming sound in the woods at night?
I was camping in the Shawnee forest in southern Illinois over the weekend and heard a "screaming noise" in the woods at night. I have heard this before but never figured out what it was. It doesn't have a screachy tone to it, it is more of a scream that last about 3 or 4 seconds. Any ideas?
November 24th, 2009, 09:35 PM
If it sounded like a woman screaming it could have been a rabbit meeting its maker.
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November 24th, 2009, 09:36 PM
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November 24th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Sounds like a woman or child screaming? Sounds like a fox. I have seen grown men leave the woods in fear over this sound.
November 25th, 2009, 08:26 AM
bobcats scream like that sometimes.
November 25th, 2009, 08:40 AM
also, could be someone screaming. lol
November 25th, 2009, 11:37 AM
The sound had more of a wistle sound to it. The fox and owl sounds I listened to were more of a "screach" than the sound I heard in the woods. I don't know how to describe it. I had a guy tell me it was a doe, but I can't find any does sounds on the net that sound like this.
November 25th, 2009, 11:43 AM
that's strange I heard a scream the other night in my woods. I was letting my dog out and both of us just stood there and listened to it. freaked me out to.
I asked a few guys at work about it . some said bob cat and fox.
all I know is that I do have a lot of fox at my place but I have never heard that sound before.
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November 25th, 2009, 12:17 PM
Cougars, bobcats, and peacocks all make sounds very much like women screaming (peacock sounds like a woman calling "help", from any distance).
Fox calls...have to be an interesting confluence of distance, weather conditions, and predisposition towards being spooked to hear their call as human screams.
Owls are kind of distinctive sounding, though you CAN mistake them for human cries, if it's a species you are unfamiliar with, and conditions are just right.
Since you've heard this several tiems, on different nights, I wouldn't expect that it's one of the "under the right conditions, it sounds human" calls...
Thus I'd expect bobcat, cougar/panther/american puma(they're reestablishing MANY places, including some having made it back to the FL Everglades), or possibly an owl species you haven't, heretofore, been acquainted with.
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November 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
I remember the first time I heard a peacock screaming as a kid- I was sure it was a woman crying for "Help!"
I think the barred owl makes a lot of sounds that have a human quality (especially in a yelling/laughing/howling family of sounds (sound almost like howler monkeys)- they have a broad vocabulary of calls- and a lot of "ha ha" and "who-waaahh" as opposed to "hoot hoot" but I can't say there is a whistle.
The Easter Screech Owl has a whistle-y sort of voice... but when compared to a human sound I would call it weeping or crying instead of screaming.
Here is a link to audio recordings done by a Bigfoot researcher in IL- he has a collection of bird and mammal sounds you might check out... he has a ton of Barred Owl recordings
November 25th, 2009, 01:36 PM
heard what i thought sounded like screaming myself a couple weeks ago...ended up being coyotes. came right under my stand, and made the noise, so i'm sure.
November 25th, 2009, 10:49 PM
deer scream too, i was out scouting the summer and jumped 4 deer, one or more of them let out a scream that scared the crap outta me.
November 26th, 2009, 09:41 AM
I would like to hear a sound byte of a deer screeming to see if it is the same. I can't find one on the net.
November 26th, 2009, 09:47 AM
I have heard a group of raccoons fighting over food at night. The sound is something of a scream, very loud and eerie....they don't share very well.
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November 26th, 2009, 10:00 AM
If you do a search on youtube for "deer scream" or "deer sounds" you will get a bunch of results... the link I posted is from Japan, and I don't know what kind of deer that is- or if it was an adult deer- I know that baby deer make a mewing sound almost exactly like a newborn kitten... and this deer's noise seems like a midpoint between a mew and a doe bleat. The Kansas screaming deer video is a joke- but it's funny- it would sure scare me in the woods!
November 26th, 2009, 10:15 AM
sitting in my ground blind in baldwin last year i swore i had a bunch of monkeys bearing down on me. then i heard a bunch of screams also.....turned out to be a crow. it landed in a dead oak about 50 yards in front of me and continued making those sounds.
November 26th, 2009, 11:49 AM
they make the hair on the back of my neck standup!
November 28th, 2009, 02:43 PM
If you ever see a raccoon sneak up if you can and scare it -- see if its the same thing, they sound funny.
November 28th, 2009, 02:51 PM
We heard foxes screaming this summer it was very strange to say the least
November 28th, 2009, 03:03 PM
November 28th, 2009, 03:15 PM
sound like it could be a mink or maybe a pine martin
December 2nd, 2009, 09:14 AM
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