I received the following email this morning in reference to sounds heard by a reader and their family recently. If there are other readers in the area or that can help identify the noises, please comment:
Mountain Lion heard in Flemington, NJ on August 14th 2010
Around 4:30 am on August 14th 2010, the deafening sounds of a growling animal woke up our entire family.
It was loud enough to be heard through closed windows, air conditioners and the noisy circulating pump of our pool.
Each growl started out as a rasping sound that rose into a shrieking scream and then ended abruptly in silence. The growling went on and on, one growl right after the other for over five minutes.
Our three terriers and one Chihuahua, who have a huge barking problem, froze in silence and came cowering over to us when it ended.
My children went on Youtube and looked up scary sounds, they came up with a video clip of a screaming mountain lion. It was exactly what we heard and sent chills up our spine. It was called “female mountain lion scream”.
Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKw4OFAu1WM&feature=fvw
We have a three acre property in the Rolling Hills area, it is heavily wooded and there is a nearby stream on Cherryville Hollow Road. All the properties in our development have deer that roam around all day and sleep under the trees in our yards. One property is 32 acres of woods and until they built a house, was a favorite spot for deer hunters.
Train tracks through the woods lead into our area and intersects with many different streams. I’ve been told that there have been cougar sightings in Washington, which is north of Flemington, by a previous resident. We have had bear sightings in our neighborhood. I think the presence of bears increases the likelihood of lions also being able to enter the area.
We made the report to the police around 5 am, they said they would send an officer to patrol the area.
The following is a news report of a sighting in March 2010 in Monmouth County, NJ:
NJ.com - Police and wildlife officials are searching wooded areas and neighborhoods along the Manalapan and Marlboro after two people reportedly spotted a cougar prowling along a roadway early this morning, authorities said.
Shortly before 7:30 a.m., a man was driving on Robertsville Road in Manalapan when he saw what he described as a mountain lion following a deer across the roadway, according to Manlapan Police Captain Chris Marsala. Officers from both the Manalapan and Marlboro responded to the location, but did not find the animal.
A short time later Anthony Lena, a Marlboro Animal Control Officer, claimed he saw a "large cat with a long tail" walking along a creek bed near Robertsville Road, Marsala said. Manalapan officers returned to the scene along with officials from the state Division of Fish and Game and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but the second search also turned up no sign of the animal.
A helicopter was dispatched to aid in the search sometime today, said Marsala.
Officers did find "feline tracks" in a muddy creek bed bear Robertsville Road, according to Marsala, and a wildlife biologist was analyzing photos of the tracks today.
Wildife experts believe that except for a small collection of the large cats in Florida, cougars — also known as mountain lions, pumas or panthers — are extinct on the East Coast, and that most reported sightings are simply a case of mistaken identity.
But in 2007, state authorities said they received at least 70 calls from residents claiming they spotted one of the sharp-toothed felines.
Mountain Lion Growls, Shrieks Heard in North New Jersey
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