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Old 07-11-2020, 06:49 PM   #1
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What Adirondack animal "hisses" like a large angry cat?

What Adirondack animal "hisses" like a large angry cat?

My wife and I did a 2 night trip in to Ermine Brook near Moose Pond in the southwestern High Peaks. On our first night, just after dark, a seemingly very angry animal was in close proximity to our tent and it was giving off a hissing sound like a very defensive cat...but whatever it was it seemed much larger than a cat and much angrier than a cat! We don't know if it was aggravated that we were there, or if we just had the fortune / misfortune to be near it while it was doing it's thing! What do you guys think?
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Old 07-11-2020, 08:54 PM   #2
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Both Lynx and Bobcats hiss for two choices.
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Which 2 choices would that be?
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Old 07-12-2020, 10:50 AM   #4
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Which 2 choices would that be?
meaning there are likely others.
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Old 07-12-2020, 11:21 AM   #5
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meaning there are likely others.
Deer make a huffing noise, could sound like a hiss, I guess?
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Old 07-12-2020, 04:48 PM   #6
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Deer make a huffing noise, could sound like a hiss, I guess?
Not a chance that was a deer.
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Old 07-12-2020, 05:19 PM   #7
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Skunks.
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Old 07-12-2020, 05:42 PM   #8
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Old 07-12-2020, 05:46 PM   #9
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Skunks.
WAY bigger sound than I imagine would come out of a skunk.

Listening to youtube videos my wife is convinced it was a bobcat. I'm not entirely convinced it was a bobcat.
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Old 07-13-2020, 07:09 PM   #10
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Hey thanks everyone, very informative.
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Old 07-13-2020, 10:55 PM   #11
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According to some sources, Fishers will hiss at times. Possibly another candidate.
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Old 07-14-2020, 08:36 PM   #12
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Raccoons, Opossum, Owls, Fishers, Pine Snakes, Hecklers. A male deer can make a loud hissing sound.
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Old 07-14-2020, 08:43 PM   #13
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Grouse hiss when they have young near by. But you would see them in daylight also.
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Old 07-14-2020, 09:36 PM   #14
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Well there were definitely bobcats in the area, we heard those, my wife swears they sounded like the sounds of bobcats that we have found on the internet. She heard them more as she stayed awake terrified...I was too busy snoring!
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My bobcat strory:

My father used to go deer hunting mostly alone until I got old enough. I was probably no older than about 7 or 8 one year when he got one late in the day and came home to get my mother to help drag the deer out. I came along too. They started dragging as it was getting dark. My job was to stay just in front close and hold the flashlight so they could see the trail. I recall being yelled at several times for straying too far ahead with the light (they were walking way too slow for me). All of a sudden a nearby bobcat (so I was told) let out the most blood curdling scream you can imagine. After that there was no longer any problem of me wandering too far away from my parents.
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But I did once have a bobcat stalk my campsite. It walked around the perimeter of the fire but didn't get any closer than 10-15 yards.

It never made a sound that I could hear, but we could shine the flashlight on it and see it's eyes and face.

I was going to mention a Fisher - but I honestly can't think of anything that would do what you describe and I've heard some scary sounds in the woods - screeches, howls and moans from bobcats, foxes and coyotes.
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I was thinking of owls, too. Long-eared Owls make a cat-like noise, and Barred Owls make all kinds of noises -- surprisingly loud.
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My bobcat strory:

All of a sudden a nearby bobcat (so I was told) let out the most blood curdling scream you can imagine. After that there was no longer any problem of me wandering too far away from my parents.
Hunting near Taylor Pond when I was in college. My partner came off as a tough guy, but it was nearly dark and we were on our way out and had just spotted some tracks in the snow we thought were a fox or bobcat. Then the cat screamed just as you described it. The tough guy grabbed my arm and said, "what the hell was that?" My sisters spent a sleepless night one summer after one let out near our home.

Perhaps, in this case, a fox?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIR8RtI9kaw

Deer snort:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfhLTUWpSaY

I've had both carry on for several minutes.
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