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Early AM Howling
updated: Mar 17, 2014, 10:29 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

At 3 AM this morning I was woken up by a howling that echoed throughout the Mission Canyon neighborhood (Cheltenham Rd - Tye Road area). It sounded like a wolf or coyote: and it went on for an hour. Did anyone else hear anything?

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 COMMENT 503519 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 10:33 AM

Heavy wind gusts overnight. Maybe the animal(s) was spooked or it was the wind, itself, you heard "howling" through the trees.

 

 COMMENT 503520 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 10:35 AM

Coyote'd

 

 COMMENT 503524 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 10:43 AM

I heard it too. It raised the hairs on the back of my neck. With today being Saint Patrick's Day, I ascribed it to the wail of a banshee. Someone either died in Mission Canyon last night or will soon.

 

 COMMENT 503531 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 10:53 AM

It was very windy...

 

 COMMENT 503534 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 10:57 AM

Coyotes howl as do dogs. Figure it out.

 

 COMMENT 503535 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 10:58 AM

It wasn't the wind. I know what the wind sounds like. My wife thinks maybe it was an injured animal. But it was spooky and like nothing I've ever heard before.

 

 COMMENT 503537P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 11:05 AM

Wendigo, confirmed.

 

 COMMENT 503539 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 11:06 AM

The moon was fairly full also, probably coyote(s) hunting for cats, small dogs, rabbits, and any other vermin available. Keep your babies in at night!

 

 COMMENT 503541 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 11:09 AM

When bobcats are mating the scream is often likened to a human's or baby's. Blood-curdling to hear.

 

 COMMENT 503543P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 11:13 AM

Not my neighborhood, but once heard a vixen's call. Very disturbing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NuhlibHsM

 

 COMMENT 503551 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 11:39 AM

I heard this and it was an unfamiliar sound to me. It sounded like a young man wailing "whoa-ohhhhh-- oh--oh-oh--oh" repeatedly. After some time it sounded like a dog joined in, trying to imitate the rhythm of this. Weird night.

 

 COMMENT 503552 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 11:48 AM

I live on Coyote Rd and have been woken up many times recently by howling coyotes right outside my window. The drought has been pushed them farther into civilization than ever before.

I wouldn't worry unless you let the dog/cat out and haven't seen it since.

 

 COMMENT 503561P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 12:29 PM

"The beasts roar is utterly terrifying, and the fear it inspires cuts to the bone. When the freezing winds rise, it is said that the Wendigo's howls can be distinguished from the moaning of the wind, letting people nearby know that a monster lurks in their midst."

 

 COMMENT 503578 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 01:23 PM

No wolves in California, no grizzlies either. Just as a picture on our flag. It's going to be a long summer for outdoor pets in our urban/wildland interface areas.....

 

 COMMENT 503584 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 01:41 PM

I know no one wants to be made fun of for being concerned about a noise that may only be the wind or a coyote, but in a case like this I would be very tempted to call SBPD and have them do a check. You just never know when someone may be lost in the canyon or in distress. I would rather suffer a little embarrassment than regret.

 

 COMMENT 503585 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 01:42 PM

Howling happens....it's all good....it's just where we live. I used to hear the L and before that it was horns blaring on Lex. It can sometimes be so silent here...I still marvel at that.

 

 COMMENT 503593P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 01:52 PM

My bloodhound sounds just like what 551 describes. But in a very deep baritone. It wasn't him though, he was sound asleep next to me at 3 AM..

 

 COMMENT 503629P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 02:54 PM

I live in Samarkand and I heard howling at 3:00AM too. It was eerie indeed.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 03:15 PM

It was Saint Patrick and Boy was he pissed!

 

 COMMENT 503654 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 04:09 PM

Rougarou!

 

 COMMENT 503685 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 04:53 PM

I heard the same thing once and it turned out to be a coyote in labor. She was concealed in some brush in the corner of the neighboring property.

 

 COMMENT 503686 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 04:54 PM

With that full moon there was also a shinning!

 

 JAD agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 07:53 PM

The cries of a mountain lion sound like someone or something in trouble. Very convincing.

 

 COMMENT 503730 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 08:14 PM

I saw a mountain lion on Mission Canyon Road a few months ago. I'm prepared to believe that's what I heard last night.

 

 COMMENT 503747P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 09:30 PM

Mountain lions in heat make an amazing sound - like a woman dying is how it strikes me. They will go on for a long time! Also, foxes make another very surreal, human-like sound. Coyotes make yips and the common howls - nothing out of the ordinary. I love to listen to the noises of nature!

 

 COMMENT 503784 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 07:55 AM

I remember beng on patrol late at night down near east beach. At the time they had peacocks at the Childs estate. In the late night and still morning hours the cry of the peacock sounds just like someone yelling for help.

 

 COMMENT 503799 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 08:32 AM

Maybe it was the hiker's spirit searching for help!

 

 COMMENT 503992P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 03:42 PM

Wow, nature red in tooth and claw around here!

 

 ACF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 09:18 PM

Raccoons when mating make a sound like babies being butchered. It's harrowing.

 

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