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Old 11-28-2015, 12:07 PM
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What in the Sam's hill is screaming in my back yard!?

The dogs were barking. When I opened my window to tell them to be quiet I heard screaming. My first thought was coyotes. We have a lot of coyotes and foxes in the area. My mom and I brought the dogs in and stood on the porch. I figured that it was a hungry baby animal, but then I remembered that the baby animals are big now, since winter is coming. After it stopped screaming, it started howling. I wanted to know what it was, because to me it sounded like a coyote, but also a potentially harmed dog that may have gotten loose and stepped in a trap or got shot accidentially. I planned on calling the game warden to ask about it. But it stopped after a bit.

This is the first sound we heard. I trimmed the video but it's kinda too short. A friend suggested that it was an animal that had been dragged down. Rabbits scream, but the screaming went on for several minutes. So if it were a hunted animal it would probably have to be something bigger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZgO75W4iUM

The second sound was the howling. My friend suggested that it was a coyote howling after a successful hunt. I have heard coyotes interact a lot (Much to my dismay). I have just never heard only one single coyote howling for more than a few brief moments. But im pretty sold that this is a coyote! What do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ruj7VFxo2cY

I know iv'e said this before but........ I really....... really...... really..... do NOT like coyotes............ They make me cry. No joke.
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First one sounds kind of like a cat.
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:23 PM
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First one sounds kind of like a cat.
That would make sense! We don't let any of our pets stay outside because nothing ever survives out here. There's one cat that has walked around our road for years, but he's the only one. We have bobcats, lynx, and mountain lions as well.
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Hard to hear but the first one sounds like rabbit distress/injured to me. Second sounds a bit like a coyote.
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I haven't been able to find anything confirmed about pumas in Maine. Bobcats, lynx (depending on area) and coyotes. The second one sounded like coyotes. First like a rabbit. But they were both very hard for me to hear. Other animals that scream are fox, screech owls, fishers (also called fisher cats).
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They are here, the pumas. There's not a big enough population to cause a ruckus though. (I'm up North a bit).

There actually used to be a Fisher across the road from us. Do you think coyotes would eat fishers?

It was such a windy day, they are definitely hard to hear. It's too bad they couldn't be heard how I heard them.

Edited: I first posted this via mobile and it didn't come out quoted...

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Do you have any links to confirmed reports of pumas in MA? I'd really like to see them.
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Do you have any links to confirmed reports of pumas in MA? I'd really like to see them.
Massachusetts? I don't have any for there. There is a Facebook page for Vermont sightings though! As far as Maine goes its all in word of mouth. My dad was stalked by one when he was in high school. There was one in my neighbors yard as well as others spotting them. Last I heard there was a small family of them up North. I'll have to look that up. Oh and one of my campers said there's one that hangs around their barn.

It's amazing how incredibly quiet they. Sometimes I wonder if I'm being watched by one when I'm out in the woods. But I doubt it haha.
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Sorry couldn't edit. I have issues with state abbreviation. Maine. Without photos or other evidence I'm leery of word of mouth reports. I've seen photos people how claimed were black pumas and they were clearly black house cats.

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I believe the ones I've heard of were probably escaped pets. I also believe that wolves are here as well. Both animals used to have a population here, before they were moved. Rattle snakes too, that are gone now. Never heard of them being spotted these days though.

Mountain lions in Maine often a case of mistaken identity — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
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