woke up at 5 am by a haunting screaming noise outside GRAY FOX!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenlisa, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

    Apr 9, 2007
    We woke up to a high pitched high adrenaline hairball sort of noise only outside, with scuffling and screaming included. None of my chickens or ducks were sounding alarm sounds though and when we shined a bright flashlight out to see what was making the noise, we saw eyeballs staring at us from the next property over (an uninhabited, dilapidated barn property.) From looking up different sounds online, and talking to other folks around here, its either a Male Red Fox or a Fisher Cat. We've seen foxes around in the past, so I'm hoping its the same. But I was told that Fisher cats have been seen in the next township over from us (and that's just a quick trip over some RR tracks or through the woods....) I DO NOT want to ever see one of those here...my backyard would be screaming dinner to them w/ all of the chickens, ducks and my 2 new barncats.
    Has anyone ever had a run in with them?
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2010
  2. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    Quote:when I hear a crazy high pitched scream (sounds sorta like a lady yelling) I immediately look someplace high for cougars n panthers [​IMG]
  3. TwistedSerpent

    TwistedSerpent Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Sure it wasnt a rabbit? They make one of the worst screams possible.
  4. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    If it sounded like a blood curdling scream, perhaps almost child like in a high pitched terrifying sort of way. It may have been a rabbit.

    Rabbit screams, to me are one of the worst sounds there are. Perhaps your glowing eyes had a rabbit dinner.

    Twistedserpent apparently we were posting at the same time.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  5. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Have you looked it up on YouTube? If it was a yodeling type sound, then it was a fox. I haven't ever heard a fisher cat (and hope I never do!), but have been woken up at 3 am from a fox outside my window. That's how I figured out we had a female mountain lion in heat living on our property!

    Good luck!

  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    I agree with a few other posters... If I hear a blood curdling scream aorund here it menas a sweet lil bunny just met its end... I swear with three of the deepest sleepers I know at my house , those lil suckers still wake us all up.....
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:That was my first thought too...
    OOh its so sad...
  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    sounds like a rabbit becoming somethings dinner heard that sound once woke me up I thought it was a injured child my DH had to tell me what it was it was right outside our window, my DD's cat had caught a wild one, never forget that sound.
  9. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    My guess would be rabbit or owl...
  10. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Google "animal X + scream or noises"

    Screch owl maybe???

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