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Submitted by witness J. G. on Sunday, September 12, 2004.
Vocalizations heard near Rockingham
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Rockingham County
LOCATION DETAILS: I would rather not give details as it was my home.
NEAREST TOWN: Derry
NEAREST ROAD: Route 28
OBSERVED: Audio Experience only:
Whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop, wooo....
Sunday, September 12, 2004 at about 03:00 AM
I was woken up from a sound sleep by a very loud noise. I listened for a while and tried to figure out what could make such a loud, repetitive noise. It wasn't a coyote howl or fishercat screach, didn't sound like any owl I know of, wasn't a raccoon or tree rodent... After 15 - 20 minutes, I went to sleep.
My dog woke me with frightened barking at 4:00 AM when the sound was twice as loud and I knew the critter was within 100 feet of the house. Also, there were two responding calls, one sounded fairly close and one was in the distance. I got up to make sure the sheep were OK in their pasture with an electric fence around it and there was nothing by the barn where the goats were. I flashed the light over to the chicken coop and nothing was there either. I flashed the light throughout the yard and into the trees to see if there was any clue or any danger to the animals. I saw nothing and while I shone the light, the calls ceased.
All day I asked EVERYONE if they knew of any local animal that made the noise and repeated it all day long. A friend suggested that I look it up on the internet. I listened to all sorts of animal vocalizations with no luck. When I finally typed in the words of the actual sound it was an identical match to this site!!! I'm not saying I had a bigfoot encounter, but I definately encountered whatever the campers up in Lincoln, NH encountered last summer!!! There may be a rational explaination and someone may know of an indigenous animal that makes that sound -- and trust that I will still try to find out what it is... but the sound will resonate in my memory -- as it was like no other animal/bird I've ever heard. It was not too fast, nor garbled, it was incredibly loud and clear. The dog was very nervous.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing unusual other than this noise.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me and the dog. Everyone else slept through it.
OTHER STORIES: No.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3:00 - 4:15 AM It was a clear night, cool but not cold. It was very dark out, no moonlight.
ENVIRONMENT: It is a residential New Hampshire location. Animal was on my property (3 acres with trees, but mostly mowed pastures some with electric fence) but there are forested areas on 3 sides. There are two small ponds on neighboring properties (either side). There are a couple of barns.
Follow-up investigation report:
I talked with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report:
--The witness has 3 sheep, 3 goats, 10 chickens, and a rabbit.
--The first calls happened at 3:00 a.m. There were two individuals. One was very loud and appeared to be very near the house. The second was about two houses away and was not as loud. They appeared to be calling to each other three or four times. The calls were very loud and deep.
--When the witness went outside to look around, the sheep didn't seem upset or nervous.
--The second set of calls occurred at around 4:15, but it was only a single individual this time.
--The area where this occurred is flat, wooded, and rural.
--Witness had not heard anything like that before or since in that location.
--The witness also noted that she spoke to the NH Dept. of Wildlife Management to ask them what animal it could have been, but they didn't know.