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Has anyone heard a fox make this sort of noise?

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  • Has anyone heard a fox make this sort of noise?

    I live in the heart of Boston suburbia, but we have a lot of urban wildlife. One thing we have is a fox den across the street behind my neighbor's house. A couple of nights in the past 10 days, we've been woken up by a "screaming" sound. There is no other way to describe it. It sounds like some animal is being tortured. I've heard foxes bark and yip, but have NEVER heard this noise. It has turned out that my cat and the fox have run into each other and the fox HATES the cat. One night the fox was standing on my front lawn SCREAMING at the cat, who was sort of trapped in my neighbor's driveway, and last night the cat was on my neighbor's porch while the fox was screaming at him from the yard. I assume the fox wasn't trying to eat the cat, just yelling at him? Anyone know more about fox noises?
    PS - YES, cat will now be kept in at night.
    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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    You should cross post this in the hunting forum and you will probably get so good replies.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Guin View Post
      I live in the heart of Boston suburbia, but we have a lot of urban wildlife. One thing we have is a fox den across the street behind my neighbor's house. A couple of nights in the past 10 days, we've been woken up by a "screaming" sound. There is no other way to describe it. It sounds like some animal is being tortured. I've heard foxes bark and yip, but have NEVER heard this noise. It has turned out that my cat and the fox have run into each other and the fox HATES the cat. One night the fox was standing on my front lawn SCREAMING at the cat, who was sort of trapped in my neighbor's driveway, and last night the cat was on my neighbor's porch while the fox was screaming at him from the yard. I assume the fox wasn't trying to eat the cat, just yelling at him? Anyone know more about fox noises?
      PS - YES, cat will now be kept in at night.
      Vixens make quite a lot of noise when being bred....at least the little desert foxes out here do. I'd be concerned about the health of a fox standing in a yard or driveway and screaming at a cat....as in rabies?
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      • #4
        They scream a lot around us very close by- very haunting sound for sure.

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        • #5
          It is an awful sound. I have them on my property, and we hear it fairly frequently. Definitely lock up that kitty.

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          • #6
            Yes, we have one that likes to make territorial cries late at night, and it sounds pretty awful.
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            • #7
              We heard what sounded like a woman screaming a few years ago, made the hair on your neck stand up! Turns out it was a bobcat, we saw it hunting in the woods behind our home. I know fox make all kinds of noises as well, but keep your eyes peeled for a possible bobcat sighting. Sorry I'm not much more help, just throwing another idea out there.

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              • #8
                Yes, here they sound like a baby being eaten alive.... Freaky stuff....
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                • #9
                  Fox of both genders scream. Females most often. Completely normal fox behavior.

                  Last summer I had an issue with a mated pair of fox and a fisher both trying to move into the same area on my property. I was ready to go outside and start screaming at them both....the screaming matches were annoying as hell, LOL!
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                  • #10
                    Yes, it will get your complete attention. Especially when they do it at 2am.

                    An Owl will scream too. And it's oh so lovely when they do it right outside your bedroom window. Again, at 2am. It's like a lullaby, I tell you!

                    What else screams? Pretty much any wild animal, for various reasons.... at 2 am.

                    And if you want a rooster who insists upon crowing at 2am - come and get him. I'll even catch him for you and put him in your car or truck. Free!
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                    • #11
                      I heard it almost nightly for years. For the longest time I thought my cat had captured a rabbit and the rabbit was screaming. Each time I heard it I would get up and open the door and the cat would come running in. One night I opened the door and the cat came running in with a fox in pursuit. He came as far as my porch which is about 5 foot square. They built a house in the woods across the street and the foxes relocated thank goodness.
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                      • #12
                        Very common sound that comes from the woods in back of my house. It sounds as though someone is desperately seeking help. A bit spooky actually!

                        You can access a full range of sounds made by foxes on google.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Melelio View Post
                          Yes, here they sound like a baby being eaten alive.... Freaky stuff....
                          YES! Okay, so it's a relatively normal fox noise. Oh, and it's highly unlikely the fox is rabid; I think she/he and the cat cross paths unexpectedly. Time to keep cat in at night, I guess.
                          I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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                            Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                            Y
                            And if you want a rooster who insists upon crowing at 2am - come and get him. I'll even catch him for you and put him in your car or truck. Free!
                            Perhaps I could give the fox the rooster as a bargain for the fox to shut up.
                            I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                              Yes, it will get your complete attention. Especially when they do it at 2am.

                              An Owl will scream too. And it's oh so lovely when they do it right outside your bedroom window. Again, at 2am.
                              I hear ya .... or I would if I weren't half-deaf from the fox scream right outside the window, less than 15 feet from my bed. And I'll raise you that lovely fox scent, concentrated by the heavy, still night air, also less than 15 feet from my bed.

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                              • #16
                                Squirrels make a HORRENDOUS noise when stuck in the wall, even if they are just babies.

                                Originally I thought we had a pack of raccoons (or wolverines!) stuck in there!
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                                  And if you want a rooster who insists upon crowing at 2am - come and get him. I'll even catch him for you and put him in your car or truck. Free!
                                  Then stop by my place & pick up my 3A Rooster.
                                  I'm waiting for the hens to gang up & tape his mouth shut.
                                  Note to self: leave a roll of duct tape in the coop......
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Melelio View Post
                                    Yes, here they sound like a baby being eaten alive.... Freaky stuff....
                                    This. First time I heard it I was ready to call 911.
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                                    • #19
                                      This is what I've learned from our Huntsman when I asked him about the screaming at night:

                                      The scream is a way to rouse prey when they are hunting. They go through the woods, screaming, to jump rabbits and other animals that will hunker down silently. Both males and females have this behavior.

                                      The fox would've been bred earlier in the season. They have kits now. One of the old kennelman we visited early in March asked if any of has heard the vixens barking yet. THis was in southeastern PA. Shortly thereafter, I heard our resident vixen barking. This was a bark early in the evening, around 6 pm, and turned into a scream around midnight. Our Huntsman said she was probably nursing kits and needed to hunt close to home. For the weeks following we often saw one or two fox hunting very close to our house and barn. Now they have moved off more, so I assume the kits are 8-10 wks old now.

                                      For anyone who's seen a Hunting video, the Huntsman mimics the primal scream of the fox, with the goal of raising a fox. I've heard the saying that a real Huntsman can holler like a redneck and blow a horn like an englishman. For anyone who's heard someone with a true primal scream, it will make the hair stand up on your whole body!
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                                      • #20
                                        We have lived on our current farm since August of last year and I've heard that noise twice. It sounds like a human being ripped limb from limb and when you hear it you're positive it's human! I've had both a friend and a neighbor tell me it's most likely raccoons being amorous. Between that and the noises that the alpacas across the road make when mating, it's an interesting place to live!

                                        I have seen a fox in the area so I suppose it could be them as well!
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