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Old 04-20-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Sadly, our friends were caring for a foster dog that recently ran away and was killed by an unknown animal right outside our complex. When I was walking my dog last night, I heard an odd screeching noise that immediately put my dog on alert and got the hair on her back standing straight up. I had thought it sounded like a car coming to a screeching halt, but I didn't actually hear a car, and my dog never reacts like that to screeching cars. About a minute later it occurred again, closer in proximity and she started growling. I didn't see anything, but knowing that our friends' dog was killed just outside the complex by an animal, I'm now a little concerned about taking her out at night without some form of protection (mace, etc.).

That said, what kind of predatory, nocturnal animals would we have to potentially worry about in the north Austin area? I'm going to be working a night shift for a while, which means my wife will be taking my dog out for walks at night alone.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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Coyotes for sure can and do kill dogs. Mountain lions can too but in general they tend to avoid dogs and people. Plus they are not as common.

Not sure what the screaching noise was, but It was probably not something that would get your dog. How big is your dog?
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Okay, that's odd. Just off the top of my head, I'd think raccoon (depending on the size of the dog), coyote, and that's about it as far as predatory animals that could take on a dog. Except, of course, for another dog.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:03 AM
 
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I would think it would have been a coyote but they don't screech. I would agree with THL, it could be a raccoon. Mountian lions are not common but what about bobcats? We have those in our area and we are in central TX.

Well, instead of mace you could carry a gun like gov Perry. In all seriousness, we carry a cane when we go walking that has a heavy hilt made out of metal...just in case. It may look strange but I don't care.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Watch out for the chupacabra .

Seriously, where are you in Austin? If it is urban at all, the only predators you will run across are raccoons and coyotes. Neither are going to be a threat to a human unless you corner them - coyotes theoretically could be, but they are way too smart for that. A coyote pack will sometimes take down a domestic dog, usually as a result of the dog being a) the size of a small scooby snack or b) a larger dog chasing/hunting coyotes.

If the area is rural or backs up to a significant greenbelt that allows animals to travel many miles unseen, you could have a mountain lion, but that is very, very rare and they are also very skittish around humans.

The screeching sound could be a rabbit, which make horrible noises when coyotes get them.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: West Round Rock
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Once, I was observing a huge possum in our backyard. I guess I got too close because it turned towards me and let out a pretty intimidating 'hissing' sound....boy, I got the heck outta there, quick.

I probably would have freaked-out big-time if I heard that sound coming from some bushes/brush and did not see what it was.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Screeching tires... Pig squealing.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I was am going to vote pig since feral hogs are everywhere and very mean.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. My dog is roughly 45 pounds, cattle dog mix. She's a tough cookie but I would never want her to get into a fight. I'd be the first one to throw myself between my dog and an attacking animal, I care that much. But I wouldn't want my wife doing that at all.

And as far as Chupacabra goes, LOL! As I was walking back to the apartmentI was actualy l thinking that and laughing.

Also: Surprised to hear we have mountain lions in the Austin area. And feral hogs tioo? Interesting
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park
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Feral hogs are all over Texas. Good eating, and fun hunting, but they eat anything, and are mean as they are ugly.

I know someone who saw a mountain lion near the intersection of 360 and Mopac (north side); it was late, and she saw it out her window, slinking down a creek bed.

Depending on the size of the dog that was killed, it could have been anything. A raccoon can kill a dog (almost always as a result of the dog attacking it), as can a bobcat. It really depends on the size and condition of the dog.

Where is your complex located?
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