I live in a mostly wooded area on the east coast of the United States. There is an animal in my neighborhood that has been making horrible, disturbing screaming noises at night for many months. The first time I heard it through a closed window I thought someone was being murdered, but when I got quiet and heard it better I could hear it was an animal of some sort. For a while I thought it was an animal being killed, but then I kept hearing it on subsequent nights.
Here are links to download two recordings of it. (I don’t have a website where I can post them directly, this is the only way I can think of to post an audio file.) I made these with the built-in microphone on my computer, so you will have to turn it up to a point where the background noise and my mouse clicks are fairly loud in order to hear the animal.
While I was listening to my recordings, it got closer, right in my yard. It sounded vaguely canine and it sounded like it was chasing or attacking something, or preparing to. Unfortunately I didn’t capture that part.
Does anyone know what animal it is? Coyote, fox, mountain lion, hell-hound, killer shrew?
East Coast of US probably means no mountain lions, although it is possible. If you are in the northeast my first thought would be Fisher Cats, but I’m not clicking the links either. Can you let us know where you live in more detail?
When I was younger, my brother and I once grabbed baseball bats and flashlights and went out into the darkness of our village to rescue the child we could hear being tortured, before coming face to face with an angry escaped peacock.
We have fishers that live in the woods behind our house. Ungodly screaming sounds through the night that makes you want to call the police to help that poor woman. I’ve found recordings of fishers on Youtube, but I don’t have the time to search for them now. I cannot begin to desrcibe how terrible their call is - really. Bad beyond words.
We also have a peacock farmer about 3/4 miles away, not a pleasant sound, but nowhere near as gut wrenching as a fisher.
I am totally unaware of these problems because it’s not something that is an issue on a Mac. Megaupload has annoying captchas and ads, but other sites tend to have strong limits on how much you can download for free. Rapidshare won’t let me download 2 files in a row without waiting many minutes.
The mods can feel free to edit my OP and put in the Rapidshare links, if those are more acceptable.