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Ryan Spurlock
(RyanS) - F
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 00:33:15 MDT Print View

i found a previous post about bigfoot, where a lot of people mocked the idea.
i have been car camping in 4x4'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 any

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 00:36:47 MDT Print View

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.

Edited by cobberman on 10/07/2012 00:40:17 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 01:44:44 MDT Print View

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 ...

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 07:14:17 MDT Print View

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.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 15:01:01 MDT Print View

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.

Cheers

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 16:57:08 MDT Print View

Whenever I camp by running water, I feel like I am hearing distant voices all day long.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 17:18:49 MDT Print View

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...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeQjkQpeJwY
from around the 2 min mark he is imitating other birds ..then he will repeat his repertoire

more sounds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAwiFMKPHmY&feature=fvwrel

Hoot Filsinger
(filsinger) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 18:03:54 MDT Print View

Ryan,

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.

Hoot

http://sasquatchsearch.tripod.com/sounds.htm

daniel B
(dbogey) - F

Locale: East Coast
Potluck Pass on 10/07/2012 18:37:07 MDT Print View

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 !

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/07/2012 18:44:54 MDT Print View

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.

Ryan Spurlock
(RyanS) - F
re: thanks for the replies and sharing experiences as backpackers we can hear more sounds than most on 10/08/2012 12:36:07 MDT Print View

thanks for all the replies

so far i've found sounds and calls for the following animals:
black bear
brown bear
mountain lion
bob cat
elk
deer
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.


thank you,
Ryan

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/08/2012 16:27:37 MDT Print View

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.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/09/2012 20:29:02 MDT Print View

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.
Duane

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/09/2012 20:53:02 MDT Print View

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 food

Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
Re: Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/09/2012 21:34:07 MDT Print View

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 :-)

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/09/2012 21:54:18 MDT Print View

"I'd never heard shouts and screams like that before :-)"

From the lady or the raccoon?

Edited by scottbentz on 10/09/2012 21:54:55 MDT.

Christopher Taggart
(PennDude)

Locale: Western PA
Re: Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/09/2012 22:51:39 MDT Print View

The scream of a fox can make a man's hair stand on end.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/09/2012 23:53:05 MDT Print View

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.

Edited by hikinggranny on 10/09/2012 23:54:11 MDT.

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
fluffy bunnies on 10/10/2012 05:59:12 MDT Print View

Rabbits will also scream when scared or injured. You wouldn't think such a sound could come from something so cute and quiet-looking.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 06:31:23 MDT Print View

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.

Widow makers.

Sweet dreams everyone.

Brian Camprini
(bcamprini) - MLife

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 07:05:42 MDT Print View

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.

Matthew Naylor
(mrnlegato)

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 07:06:56 MDT Print View

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.

Edited by mrnlegato on 10/10/2012 07:08:00 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 07:53:47 MDT Print View

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...

Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 08:12:41 MDT Print View

"From the lady or the raccoon?"

From the lady, I don't think the raccoon could have been more pleased at his score.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 12:44:20 MDT Print View

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.

Robert Alston
(Ocotillo)
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 16:21:11 MDT Print View

I'm suprised no one has mentioned a porcupine. One woke me up on a trip as it sounded like a baby wailing. They are very vocal and have a variety of sounds that they can make.

Found this clip online.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rn-qLAYAEc

Edited by Ocotillo on 10/10/2012 16:22:05 MDT.

Leigh Baker
(leighb) - F

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 19:01:04 MDT Print View

I hadn't ever heard a fox at night until about a month ago, didn't know what it was until a friend told me....very interesting. Two weeks ago I decided to test my opsak. I'd had tuna for lunch and left the foil pouch closed up in the opsak along with my breakfast bar for the next morning. Hung it in my food bag. In the wee hours of the next morning I was awakened by an incredible racket, and all I could think of was, "yeah, somethings fighting over my food bag, and now I'm minus my breakfast"....it was a short hike out, so I didn't have much to lose. Turned out that wasn't the case, it wasn't disturbed...but something, likely raccoons were having a dispute over something.

@ Ken, Thanks for the warm thoughts... you are, of course right :)

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/10/2012 22:17:26 MDT Print View

Not that i've "never heard" but I had an owl hooting at night in northern VT on the Long Trail. Was fun to hear it away from the normal town/house noises.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 10:08:44 MDT Print View

The sounds that mountain lions can make is downright spooky. Sounds like a crying child. Any time I hear it, it instantly makes the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up. There's certain areas around here that have something of a reputation for visits from the big cats. You hear stories of people claiming "bad" feelings about these camps or that they're haunted... and they always mention the sound of a child crying off in the distance.

I encountered a new sound (for me) this weekend... The wind was blowing so hard and steady all night, it made my guylines vibrate at just the right frequency to make a whistling sound. Definitely not spooky or mysterious, but a new experience nonetheless.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 10:12:19 MDT Print View

My young daughter's continued begging and pleading for me to take her out hiking ever since we completed our first shared overnight adventures.

Duane Hall
(PKH) - M

Locale: Nova Scotia
Strange sounds in the woods on 10/11/2012 11:41:46 MDT Print View

Believe it or not, a beaver can make the strangest wailing sound. The first time I heard it at night I didn't know what was coming for me :)

James W.
(jimmyjam)

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 11:53:22 MDT Print View

A couple of wierd sounding animals I've run across are a bobcat which sounded like a baby crying and a couple of opossums that were calling to each other.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 12:40:46 MDT Print View

Often while backpacking in the Smokies, I have heard sounds that are so low in tone (not volume)that I am not sure if I really heard it. And its a drumming sound. Eventually I followed it and found a group of grouse "drumming" to call the other sex. Its like a fast drumming but so low in tone its barely audible.

Edward Zwibel
(YetiEddie) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
+1 for mountain lions on 10/11/2012 15:28:46 MDT Print View

My first Mountain Lion scream fest was downright spooky. As for the noisy beaver... well I'll leave that one alone.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 17:54:07 MDT Print View

An orgasm. But I am trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong.....

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Sounds you've never heard before" on 10/11/2012 17:58:58 MDT Print View

Doug, I've been waiting patiently for you to get in on this, what took so long?

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: "Sounds you've never heard before" on 10/11/2012 18:21:53 MDT Print View

A Hr person with empathy

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: "Sounds you've never heard before" on 10/11/2012 19:05:47 MDT Print View

Had an Elk in rut scream its mating call right next to my tent. I had heard that before. What I hadn't heard before was my girlish scream.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: "Sounds you've never heard before" on 10/11/2012 19:12:26 MDT Print View

Good man Dave :-)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 19:41:52 MDT Print View

Thinking about this...
One night I had a koala not far above my tent.
Every so often he would wake up and do a bit of a song and dance (mating call) then fall asleep again.
He had done that from late afternoon.
At some point during the night I heard the koala make a different sound and then heard a loud cat like growl, not a domestic/wild cat but something bigger than that.
By the time I got out of the tent to investigate it was gone and so was the koala.
No idea of what it was

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 22:30:27 MDT Print View

> At some point during the night I heard the koala make a different sound and then
> heard a loud cat like growl, not a domestic/wild cat but something bigger than that.
> By the time I got out of the tent to investigate it was gone and so was the koala.
Found a mate maybe?

Cheers

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 23:19:17 MDT Print View

Don't know but was a very high pitch not at all like the sort of noises I have heard a koala make .
Somewhat like the sound of a Tasmanian Devil (fighting) except that we were in the Otway (Victoria)

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 23:24:56 MDT Print View

The bone chilling sobs of La Llorona.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/11/2012 23:39:08 MDT Print View

I was hiking around off trail in my local state park. It was getting dark, I was just trying to get back home. I was passing through a section of the woods where there must have been 100 turkeys all going crazy and gobbling. It was very disturbing. Like a giant turkey music festival. Then, out of nowhere, I hear a person let out a bloodthirsty yell and the sounds of turkeys fleeing. Some weirdo was out there in the dark stalking turkeys like some kind of feral tarzan man. I think he heard me walking after that and hid from me.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/12/2012 03:30:45 MDT Print View

Hi Franco

Otways eh?
Probably a Geelong supporter after a bad result.

Cheers

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/12/2012 08:57:42 MDT Print View

Around sunset on a dayhike in Briones, a regional park that while surrounded by urban development, is known to contain cougars, bobcats, coyotes, etc., I heard something I've not been able to identify by listening to various audio clips. By far the closest match is Robert Plant's screech at the beginning of Immigrant Song. (abbreviated, about two seconds of arraaaaaaaaaahh!, repeated)

James W.
(jimmyjam)

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Re: Sounds you've never heard before on 10/12/2012 11:20:25 MDT Print View

One of my favorite sounds is that of the loon. I never heard one until I got to go camping in the BWCA years ago. You guys up north probably don't think any of it because you hear it all the time- but I really thought it was such a cool sound.