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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-27-07 02:26 PM
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Is this sound a fisher cat? Audio recording here -- help me identify!
Last night this god-awful sound started up in the woods (I live in Maine). It scared the crap outta me and it was LOUD. I suspected it was a fisher cat but couldn't find any online recordings of the animal until I came across a site posted by someone who'd recorded a mystery-animal sound and he didn't know what it was. This is exactly what I heard last night.

Is this a fisher cat? Help me identify it!

http://waldo.jaquith.org/audio/mystery-animal.mp3
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mimitabby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-27-07 02:34 PM
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1. from Wikipedia
from Wikipedia

It's a Marten
Fishers are also known for one of their calls, which is often said to sound like a child screaming, and can be mistaken for someone in dire need of help. Some of the fisher make very odd sounds like a cat meow but screaming.
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-27-07 02:38 PM
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2. I think it's the same thing
Wikipedia says that a fisher is also known as a North American marten. Whatever, it's a very creepy sound. And they're nasty!
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-27-07 02:49 PM
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4. Nasty looking, nasty beasts! Keep your cats in at night. nt
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-27-07 02:40 PM
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3. My dogs just went NUTS!!!
I've heard fisher cats up here and that's part of the sound but they do also sound like babies or cats crying. I'm just not sure.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-07-07 11:38 AM
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5. Mountain lions can make some screaming human sounding noise
I have crappy speakers so couldn't really hear that recording very well.
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magymac Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-11-07 11:21 AM
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6. I believe it sounds more like a red fox...
Red fox pass through my yard in upstate NY all of the time and the calls are quite erie and alarming....I didn't know what it was either until I caught a glimpse of them and found this website with the fox sounds. The most common one ...and the one that sounds a lot like the one you have, is the "fox calling out" the second one down in the list. Take a listen and see what you think.

www.angelfire.com/ar2/thefoxden/sounds.html
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-29-07 03:57 PM
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7. Someone else told me the same thing!
Now I'm really curious about what a fisher sounds like.
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