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Old 10-22-2018   #1
 
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Strange sounds on the Rogue

I was camping at Quail creek a couple days ago. We were sitting around the fire at night when we heard a loud sound like a lady laughing then the sound went into a loud purr. There was no one camping across the river where the sound came from and no trails on that side. I was wondering if anyone else has heard that sound and what they thought it might be.

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Catamount?
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That would have been my best guess as I saw a couple of them there last year. I just couldn't imagine a cat making that sound, but maybe.
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I am betting it was a fox.
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I bet it was a fox too... they have a laugh that sounds really human. and it ends with a rattling purr like sound.
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YouTube has recorded fox sounds,etc. to check out and see if that was it or not.
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I heard that sound when camping on the San Juan years ago...my friend who is a naturalist, identified the sound as coming from a cougar aka, catamount (probably a contraction from "cat of the mountain"), mountain screamer, and painter...courtesy of Wikipedia
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cougars can sound a lot like a woman screaming...not so much like one laughing. Pretty scary sound when you hear one. I did once, and fortunately I could see the animal when it screamed...would have been seriously freaky if I couldn't.
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I've checked YouTube and none of the fox or cats sounded as much like a person as this did, not to say it couldn't have been either. Phillips description sounded right on though.
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Sasquatch maybe?
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