Oct 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm #1294770
i found a previous post about bigfoot, where a lot of people mocked the idea.
i have been car camping in 4×4's for over 10 years. backpacking for 3 years.
has anyone ever heard animal sounds that they've never heard before while camping?
i was in uhwarrie national forest this past weekend and heard a sound i have never heard before in my life, nor do i hope to ever hear it again. after waking up and talking with friends about the sound we heard, we decided to do research for animals known to be in the area and see if we can match their sounds to the one we heard. so far we've found nothing that sounds like it online.
the only thing i've gained from this is curiosity.
please share your experiences if you've ever had anyOct 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm #1918824
@cobbermanLocale: Northern Colorado
So what did it sound like?
First time I heard a mountain lion I was terrified. Sounds like a woman screaming. Hard to go back to bed after that.Oct 7, 2012 at 12:44 am #1918826
The mating call of a wombat.
I was camping by myself and the wombat was only a few feet from my tent .
Weird the first time …Oct 7, 2012 at 6:14 am #1918840
I think the strangest animal cry I've ever heard was while I was sleeping at a tent camp in Kenya. It was the loudest, and most shrill sound, just eerie–it came from a small tree hyrax, which was in a tree not far away. Little critter, big sound.Oct 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm #1918940
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Camping in a strange pile of huge boulders (Hanging Rock, Victoria) one night. Terrible screams from above us in the dark. One of those lovely fluffy cuddly koala bears irritated at us being there.
Sitting at home (farm) one evening. Noises down the valley. No worries. An hour later, knock-knock at the door. Two policemen investigating a report about a domestic dispute somewhere in the vicinity: could we help locate it? They were a bit reluctant to believe us when we told them it was just a vixen (female fox) calling for her mate.
Camping in dark forest on a stormy night. Weird high-pitched noise at intervals, sort of a wail or a squeal. Just one smooth-barked tree rubbing against another in the wind.
Camped by a river with lots of rapids. Faint voices heard late, in the distance. Someone in distress? Nope, just our ears playing tricks with the white noise from the rapids.
CheersOct 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm #1918967
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Whenever I camp by running water, I feel like I am hearing distant voices all day long.Oct 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm #1918972
Another sort of weird noise here is camping in a somewhat remote area and hearing a chainsaw or a nail gun operated nearby.
Lyrebirds are very good a mimicking noses like that…
(they do that to impress the female…)
from around the 2 min mark he is imitating other birds ..then he will repeat his repertoire
Oct 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm #1918984
@filsingerLocale: Pacific Northwest
I have spent many a night sharing the night with screech owls, great horned owls, spotted and barred owls, fox screams, coyote yells, and elk bugles.They have alarmed my fear factor and heightened my natural sense of curiousity. Also drunk homo sapiens from near and afar make a variety of unintelligible sounds. Check out this site to hear a few of the sounds.Also if you are seriously considering that "Bigfoot" is a real please go read a book about mammals or primates.
HootOct 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm #1918988
@dbogeyLocale: East Coast
Was taking a break below Potluck pass a few weeks ago on the Sierra High Route and not just one Coyote but a whole pack howling. Though they were eying us up for diner !Oct 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm #1918992
In July I was hiking in the Pecos Wilderness. I was hearing what sounded like sea gulls only to find out later that it was baby elk. We hiked through a valley where there were a couple hundred of them.Oct 8, 2012 at 11:36 am #1919194
thanks for all the replies
so far i've found sounds and calls for the following animals:
and various owls
so far i have found nothing matching the scream, it lasted for about 30 seconds was multitoned and very loud, my initial discription to a friend was a variation of a cat high pitched scream ending with and owl kind of sound with varying tones in the end.
and i will say i hope to live long enough to hear all the drunk people yell on youtube, but havent wasted my time listening to them yet.
any ideas on animals known to be in the southeast that i have yet to look for?
i am in no way saying i heard bigfoot, i tried to make that clear in the original post to try and avoid being critisized. what i am saying is i heard something i've never heard before. while some may automatically jump to bigfoot, i am not doing that.
RyanOct 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm #1919283
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
When hiking in the South Warner Wilderness at 8,000 feet, It was getting dark and I suddenly started hearing a massive and loud chorus of moo's and baaa's. It sounded like there were a hundred cows and a hundred goats down the mountain in the valley/creek drainage. Some herder must have brought his animals all the way into that wilderness area. This place was very remote and I didn't see any other people. I never did spot the animals.Oct 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm #1919688
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@hikerduaneLocale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Besides the geology being different than the Sierra, I find the Lassen Volcanic NP and ajoining Caribou Wilderness sending out noises in the night of critters I have no idea what they are.
DuaneOct 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm #1919696
when I was in the Gila I heard some really strange (and slightly unnerving :))"shrieking", I later identified the noise as a juvenile great horned owl- basically shrieking to demand foodOct 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm #1919703
@kieranLocale: Seattle, WA
On a recent trip with my son's cub scouts, a raccoon stole an entire backpack out of some lady's bunk. I'd never heard shouts and screams like that before :-)Oct 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm #1919711
@scottbentzLocale: Southern California
"I'd never heard shouts and screams like that before :-)"
From the lady or the raccoon?Oct 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm #1919725
@penndudeLocale: Western PA
The scream of a fox can make a man's hair stand on end.Oct 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm #1919738
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I soon recognized the sound, but the time a bull elk spent most of the night bugling near my camp one October night was quite interesting. At first I was thrilled. However, the 7th or 8th time he woke me from a sound sleep, I had strong thoughts about elk stew!
I've heard the initial sounds of the elk bugle described as similar to a not-very-good high school clarinetist attempting to play the riff at the beginning of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," followed by miscellaneous grunts. (From WIlliam Sullivan's "Listening for Coyote.") Pretty good description, I'd say.
Those unearthly screaming sounds are undoubtedly mountain lion/cougar.Oct 10, 2012 at 4:59 am #1919763
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@speltLocale: SW/C PA
Rabbits will also scream when scared or injured. You wouldn't think such a sound could come from something so cute and quiet-looking.Oct 10, 2012 at 5:31 am #1919766
The really scary things you'll never hear coming. Woke up one morning with mountain lion tracks circling my tent. Never heard a thing.
Did not hear the bear climbing into an open car window at camp either. We were less than 20' away.
Sweet dreams everyone.Oct 10, 2012 at 6:05 am #1919777
@bcampriniLocale: Southern Appalachians
My vote is for a fox or maybe a pair of them. Second guess would be an owl of some kind–they can get really rowdy, especially during full moons and in mating season. Bobcat maybe–I'm not sure what they sound like, though. I seriously doubt you would have heard a mountain lion anywhere outside of a zoo in the southeast, but it's possible. Elk are being reintroduced in several areas in the south, but not sure about Uwharrie. Probably unlikely.
Someone mentioned how they hear voices near water. I often hear that too, especially near strong moving streams. I think it's stones being moved under water, but I've always wondered about that. Sometimes it's like sleeping in Grand Central Station–I've had to move camp and use earplugs when it's really loud.Oct 10, 2012 at 6:06 am #1919778
While camping in Tahoe's Desolation Wilderness, we were woken by what sounded like a bear grunting around our tent all night long… my wife was very disturbed. We discovered the next evening (as was my suspicion to begin with) that the noises were simply a small bird that would dive, suddenly jerk out of the dive at high speed, causing the bird's feathers to vibrate in an uncanny growl-grunt… we never identified the species though.Oct 10, 2012 at 6:53 am #1919785
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Same here Ken
I saw Mountain Lion tracks on top of mine, in the snow, the next day
I think it was stalking me the whole time and I never knew
Same thing with bear. And I saw a bear racing across the slope below me, then some people, I talked to the people and they never saw the bear
I think there are bears and mountain lions wandering around all over, watching and avoiding us, we never see them…Oct 10, 2012 at 7:12 am #1919791
@kieranLocale: Seattle, WA
"From the lady or the raccoon?"
From the lady, I don't think the raccoon could have been more pleased at his score.Oct 10, 2012 at 11:44 am #1919883
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Raccoons fighting in a tree over our campsite. Like a cat fight on steroids.
Ravens can make a nasty racket and get up very early. We were camped at the north end of Vancouver Island and woke at 5:00am to a raven screaming. Sounded human. Chucked a few rocks and made coffee.
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