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What's That Sound? - "Panther"

Subject: What's That Sound? - "Panther"
From: Doug Von Gausig <>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 08:51:26 -0700
Here's an inquiry I received recently . If you have any ideas, please reply 
to the list and I'll respond to the person who inquired.


>From: "" <>
>Last night, September 6th, 2003, My girlfriend and I
>heard a sound, and we hope you can help us identify
>Here are the details:
>1) We were on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia 2.5
>miles north of the trail's southern terminus at
>Springer Mountain.
>2) We were in a forest near a bubbling creek, but the
>sound seemed to come from uphill into the woods, and
>not from near the water source.  Because it was uphill
>from us, I couldn't tell if the animal was on the
>ground or in the trees.
>3) We heard the sound approximately 1 hour after
>nightfall -- so it was probably no later than 9:30 PM.
>4) Sorry, no recording.  If I was to imitate it, I
>would have to whistle, but that wouldn't be quite
>right.  That would be to human of a sound.
>5) My girlfriend thought it sounded like a female
>ghost in the woods, or a crying in the woods.  It was
>high pitched.  I thought there was more of a wobble to
>the sound, kind of like a Loon, but it was a slower
>pace than the Loon sound I'I have found online.  It
>sounded less like a bird than the on line Loon sample.
>It was in a pattern of three like "ooh-ooh-ooh."  It
>DID NOT sound like the WHO-WHO-WHO of an owl at all.
>It seemed to be about 100 yards away, and the animal
>making the sound was moving down hill.  It made the
>sound for no more than a minute, and it repeated the
>sound 4 or 5 times.
>I was guessing it was either some type of Bird / Owl,
>or perhaps a Fox.  And, I certainly didn't want to
>concede that we were being visited by a ghost on my
>girlfriend's first overnight in the woods :-)
>Today, I asked a friend, and based on the above
>description, he believes it to be a "Panther."
>Panthers, Puma, Cougars, etc. are QUITE rare where we
>were.  So rare, that many experts refuse to
>acknowledge that they even inhabit the area.
>Thank you for your help.  It will be nice to know what
>we heard.
>Thank You,
>David Weinberg
>Atlanta, Georgia

Doug Von Gausig
Clarkdale, Arizona, USA
Nature Recordists e-mail group


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