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Old 09-22-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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Wildlife, Ferals and other animals

Last night and one night last week I heard a dog crying in the night. It sounded for all the world like my own dog (an aged Jack Russell). Last week when I heard it she was sitting on my lap, so I knew it wasn't her. It was in the wee hours, when I'm inclined to be awake (insomniac tendencies). Last night I went upstairs and found her soundly asleep next to my husband, who I woke for long enough to ask him if she had been crying. No. I know it wasn't one of the feral cats, it did not sound like a cat. Do either foxes or racoons make a similar noise? I know we have both in the neighborhood. I've heard tell that there are coyotes around, but haven't seen one.

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Old 09-22-2008, 12:41 PM   #2
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Have they been any sightings of prairie dogs in your area? If I am not mistaken they earned their name because of their very dog like yapping...
Or perhaps some poor neglected dog who needed to go out and take care of his nature's calling but there were no one to let him out?
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:53 PM   #3
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We have some coyote from time to time. But they usually don't travel alone. I don't know about fox, but it's not racoons.
Check out this site for coyote noises:
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:17 PM   #4
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Chupacabra???
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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Chupacabra???
I didn't know people outside of Texas and Mexico knew about those critters!
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:51 PM   #6
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I didn't know people outside of Texas and Mexico knew about those critters!
MonsterQuest on the History Channel keeps us abreast
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:56 PM   #7
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You can have my ' not so aged" jack russel if you want :)
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:56 PM   #8
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Could it be a bird, Clare? There are quite a few that are very adept at sounding just like another animal.
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You can have my ' not so aged" jack russel if you want :)

Larry, If I were closer I'd take him (her?) in a hot second
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LOL - chupacabra was my first guess! Since we used to have goats, we were always on the lookout for the dreaded chupacabra....last night, we heard strange noises and got up to investigate. We found two little tlacuaches rooting around in the cat food bag in the pantry. Our two cats were simply sitting and watching, with curious expressions on their faces, a foot or so away. Tlacuaches are a type of little black opossum (I happen to have an affection for opossums - one I know that not everyone shares). Here is what they look like - very cute.
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