Why do foxes scream?

by Russ on January 26, 2013

The Red Fox can be heard 'screaming' all year but more so in the breeding season.In the middle of the night, have you ever heard high-pitched screaming coming from the woods? Sounds that can send shivers down your spine, or simple stop you from sleeping. Many of you may already know that this noise is actually being made by none other than the Red Fox. It is a sound that can be heard throughout the year and, although made by both sexes, is usually made by the female fox.

Foxes make various noises for different reasons, but the scream is usually made around the breeding season. Screams are used to confirm territory between rival foxes. The females also make this screaming call around the time of and during mating.

To our ears it can sound like a painful call, particularly as foxes breed in the same way that dogs do. Mating can last for up to 20 minutes during which the two animals effectively become ‘locked together’. Unless disturbed this is not normally painful and the ‘screaming’ can be considered as the fox’s love song.

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Gemma June 28, 2013 at 3:30 am

Its is 3.25 am and me and my partner have been woken by what sounds like an animal in pain coming from the woods by our house. Alarmed by this we next out to see if there was anything stuck in the fence of the school thinking it could be a fox. After looking and finding nothing and the noise stopping me have come back inside and searched fox screams and the Mogadishu we have heard is actually the red fox scream. Very interesting to find out what it was and it is normal for red foxes to make such a loud noise.
We live in Telford TF7 area.

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Laura Johnston June 28, 2013 at 5:03 am

In Lake Utopia, New Brunswick Canada I heard terrifying screams that woke me from my sleep at 12:15am. I was startled so I got out of bed and went to the kitchen where I heard the screams louder, and seemed to be moving from one end of the house to the other. I had absolutely no idea that it was a red fox until my friend Manning listen to the recording I took!

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Leener July 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Woke up to a frightening scream coming from the woods. Never heard it before. Just learned that it is a red fox. Thought maybe it was a coyote or wild mink which are also in our area here in Northern New Jersey, USA. Better keep our tiny dogs inside!

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Laura July 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

Hi, we’ve had foxes come in our backyard near our fenced in area for our dogs, it seems there has been a fox (not sure if it is the same one) who will be passing by screaming
And of course our dogs will start barking at it. As it leaves our yard and with the dogs still barking, the fox continues screaming. I am just wondering why this fox is screaming? I mean, is this fox looking also for a mate?
Laura,

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Russ July 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hi guys,

It’s good to see so many people talking about screaming foxes, it’s one of those events you’ll always remember.

In answer to your question Laura there could be a number of reasons why this fox was ‘screaming’. Female foxes will often be the one ‘screaming’ to attract a male fox in the breeding season. But foxes make various types of noises and as this fox was close to your dogs it may have been more of a defensive or territory cry. How often does it visit the garden?

Russ

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Patty July 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

We were woken up at about 2:30 am this morning to a very loud eerie scream, repeating over and over, coming from the golf course behind our house (Cobbs Creek GC, in Philadelphia). We thought maybe it was a rabid animal – we went out to investigate from the safety of our deck and shined a flashlight out into the darkness saw a pair of eyes shing/staring back at us…that’s all we could see in the dark. It was moving only occasionally within about a 5 foot area for about 15 minutes, screaming repeatedly all the while. We really thought is was a rabid animal so didn’t want to get too close to investigate. it eventually moved slowly away and the screaming stopped altogether. I looked online today and listened to online recordings of fox screams, and sure enough, that’s what it was. We’ve lived here a long time and have heard this before but its always been further away, and never for as long as this. We often see foxes around the same location and we are very conscious of our cats’ safety – we did have one cat disappear last year and suspect he was taken by something out there. :-( Thanks for your interesting article. Patty and Carl in Philadelphia

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Chris August 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

12.10am Bristol. Heard screams and thought something terrible was going on outside. Looked out of the window to see a fox in the middle of the road screaming about once every 10s. Continued until a car came down the road. Lots of urban foxes living in the middle of Bristol !

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Cornelia August 21, 2013 at 2:30 am

Just heard the strangest noise ever in the front garden (lots of bushes and trees, etc), looked out the window as it sounded like someone may have been hurt or in danger and I just see a fox sat screaming, not in pain, just screaming with another fox nearby and casually walking off into a bush! Ever so strange, hubby wasn’t pleased tho as it was 2:30am!

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Clegg Bamber August 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm

22:13pm and fox screaming is well and truly underway in the backgarden. London TW13

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Mimi September 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Last night we heard a fox screaming at 5am walking down the road. Having never heard anything like that, I honestly thought it was a woman being attacked. I looked out the window and sure enough saw a fox. Bristol England.

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Karoline September 13, 2013 at 3:15 am

Winston-Salem, NC USA- We have heard this scream off and on over the summer. It comes from the woods at the edge of our backyard. It could be as early as dusk but more often well after dark. Initially, I thought it was friends of my teenage boys out in the woods trying to scare us :) However, it kept happening over a period of time. It started up again last night and tonight so I finally thought to look on line to see what it might be. I listened to the sound of the red fox and immediately knew that was it! It made sense because a red fox has been spotted several times in our neighborhood this summer. I got a glimpse of it once as it appeared at the edge of the woods one afternoon – so beautiful! Such a horribly scary scream! ;)

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Debbie September 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I’ll never forget the first time we heard a red fox screaming in our back yard. We woke up to what sounded like a little girl screaming so loudly we thought someone was being killed outside. I have 2 cats that I try to keep in at night but sometimes they will not come in and stay outside. There is also several stray cats that hunt in that area. My back yard backs up to a field. I know that there is a fox den close to the property line in the trees. I have seen the holes in the ground and I have seen the fox run across my back yard in the early morning hours. Every once in awhile we get to hear the screaming from our front and back yard. Once it was close to my gargage door and it ran away when I opened the door. It is a sound that stays with you and you won’t forget it.

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Amanda September 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

The resident fox behind our house in the woods came about 200 ft from our dog radio fence and sat staring at our golden retriever shrieking. He/she did this for about an hour, even while I was out with the dog, until I walked up in front of the fence where the dog couldn’t go. We didn’t know if it was territorial deal or a desperate female fox. Then we started finding fox scat at the fringes and then right up next to our house, so we think it’s territorial. Not happy about this since this particular fox looks a little mangy and I don’t want my dog to pick up the parasite.

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michael April 2, 2014 at 2:22 am

Make sure that your dog is immunized against mange, just in case the fox is mangy and gets too close.

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Beth September 30, 2013 at 3:44 am

There are lots of urban foxes in dudley. I just woke up in a panick thinking i could hear burglars on the drive so i opened the window to investigate and a fox appeared out the bushes. I watched a while and it seems we have some renting our drive for the night. Once one nipped off there was a lot of screaming and then another popped out the bush. They are beautiful animals but that scream always gets me. Oh and its 3:43 in the morning.

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Tomi October 8, 2013 at 2:26 am

Where I live it is quite a woodish area but not the countryside and throughout the year ill hear fox screams id say very often every few months but I’ve looked out to see a younger baby fox being attacked by several older ones followed bitten etc..They seem to come out the woods and situate themselves near open plots of green and bushes.

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Rebecca Ingham October 21, 2013 at 3:24 am

Me and my dog got woken up about 30 minutes ago by screaming and man when you’re deep asleep then hear that your mind goes into overdrive, i know know where horror films and being afraid of the dark came from lol. Being an animal lover i had to do a little research to make sure it was a fox especially since my dog wanted to jump out the window to investigate. We went out the door to calm her down instead, anyway love the information big Thank You.

From Buttershaw, Bradford, West Yorkshire. England. Not near a Forrest though but not far off nature places. At about 3am.

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Liz October 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

We live in a heavily wooded suburb of Boston and have red fox living in a glen across the road. Today around 4:30 am I started to hear the most eerie scream – with earplugs in it sounded like someone whispering harshly in my room! Upon listening closely I could tell it was an animal outdoors and then after listening to clips of red fox I knew what it was. My kids were terrified!!

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Patty October 23, 2013 at 3:06 am

We have a fox in our neighborhood in Alexandria VA and usually you can only catch a glimpse of it. Tonight I was out walking my dog and it saw us from across a street and started screaming at us. Scariest thing I ever heard. Got out of the yard quickly. I guess we encroached on fox territory.

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Kim Kelly November 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I think we have foxes living at the end off the garden and yes they scream.I wish they would find a new home, I have two dogs and all this noise unsettles them. I am also concerned for both as one day my jack russell is quick on his toes and will creep up on this lazy foxes residing at the back of the garden. The dogs do need to use the garden. Let’s hope they get fed up with running away.

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Dianne November 15, 2013 at 4:50 am

Last two nights, fox screaming her fool head off in my backyard. I’m already not a big hit with the neighbors, since I have two howling beagles. But this…! I’m in Washington, D.C.

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Lola November 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

In the D.C. Metro area, at 2:00 am this morning while lying in bed I heard a dreadful screaming noise, very disturbing, it sounded like an animal in pain. Never heard before…and hope I won’t again..

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Angie November 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

We were woken at 3am this morning by the screams of foxes across our road, i presumed these to be mating. i have never heard it so loud before.

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Danielle November 30, 2013 at 6:55 am

Tonight after midnight my 2 Great Danes were barking like crazy. I could hear what sounded like an injured cat near a window. I opened my back door to hear a horrible eerie scream. It almost sounded human. There are woods and a stream on the backend of our property. I woke up my husband explaining and duplicating what I heard…it was a terrible sound that concerned me. He casually says oh it’s probably a fox. Well he was correct. I looked up their sounds on the internet and that is what it was. I saw a big red fox run across my backyard two days ago but never heard that sound. Now I know the screams of the red fox!

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Bonnie December 2, 2013 at 12:00 am

At 5 a.m. in Milwaukee, I got up to let the dog out. Sounded like a sick eagle or goose screaming on my garage and the dog would not go out. I got on my boots and coat and went out and by this time the screaming was on the front lawn. He or She was looking in the air and screaming this loud yell. I scared it away but heard it screaming again down a few houses. Pretty soon it came running and crossed the street and it looked like it had something in its mouth. Never thought foxes yelled that loud.

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Cudzie January 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Hi, I live in Dublin, Ireland (close to the Dublin mountains) and in our housing estate there are red foxes freely coming and going once the sun goes down… they scream at night too! One night i thought it was my baby through the monitor so i rushed to his room only to find him peacefully sleeping!!! I then opened the window and spotted a beautiful red fox on our neighbours wall … he or she was screaming i will never forget this… i was actually worried about him/her thought that she had lost a pup or something.
Anyway, thanks for your article… next time i hear them i will smile! :)

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Adele January 17, 2014 at 2:14 am

Hi, im sooo glad that this article is here! Ive just heard what i thought was a dog in pain in the woods at 01:15 as im an animal lover ive not been able to rest and was investigating but thanks to this article i can put my mind at rest. Thankyouu :) !!

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sarah martin January 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Just before midnight last night I heard the most spine-chilling screams and screeches coming from outside my bedroom window. We live right on the edge of a beautiful park, with a lake, woods and lots of green open spaces.
The sounds echoed all over and at first I thought a fox had got a goose, as there is a big flock on our park. And then it sounded like a cat fight, and then a woman screaming. I could tell from the sound they were running all over the park, and I also heard what sounded like flapping, like a goose fighting.
Suddenly the noise came closer, and right outside my window, by a small copse of trees, I saw two young foxes – the one in front was screaming, it sounded like it was in pain! The one behind was making the noise like the goose flapping, it tried to mount the one in front, then they turned round to fight each other, up on their back legs, and while they were doing this, the front one (I’m assuming this was the female) made barking noises, then they ran off again and the female was screaming again!
They ran all over the park for the next quarter of an hour or so, and I can only assume they repeated what I had seen from the noises they were making!
It was fascinating to watch, and quite thrilling to hear, if eerie in the dark, and I felt quite honoured to have witnessed it! At least now if I hear those screams again, they won’t be quite as scary!

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Gemma January 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Woke up 3.25 the other evening was quite upset heard screaming for a long time I had visions of a fox caught somewhere went on for a long time, got a bit tearful thought fox must have been trapped. Went outside into garden as was so close and I was worried stopped for a while but couldn’t see anything. We get a fox sometimes two every evening and I put out dog biscuits and food most night so look forward to see “our fox” every night.

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Russ January 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Brilliant to hear from so many people on this, foxes have had a difficult relationship with people in the past but it’s great to hear people are now enjoying their neighbourhood foxes!

Our local foxes have started up in the last couple of nights, the vixen screaming loudly letting all the males know exactly where she is!

Russ

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Melissa January 25, 2014 at 4:46 am

It’s 3:45 am in Yorkshire and I’ve just been woken up by a fox screaming, and even though I know what it is it still makes me jump!! It’s such a strange noise! I love being awake at this time though and catching a glimpse of the foxes that live on our street, as I’ve read it’s mainly the females that go out looking for food I refer to her as felicity the fox! My family think I’m mad, and although I would never feed them I do think they’re so lovely! It’s nice to read that other people love foxes too despite their bad reputation.

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Jane January 26, 2014 at 4:27 am

It’s 0300 hrs and I can hear a fox screaming, even though I know what it is, it’s not the sound I really want to hear, when I am patrolling in the dark:) Hull

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Aisling January 28, 2014 at 2:32 am

Just heard the sound for the first time in my life coming from the woods right outside my back window in Cork, Ireland at 1am. Absolutely terrified me! Glad to find out what it actually was! Will never forget this night for as long as I live! I genuinely thought it was a woman’s scream until it kept going on and on in the exact same tone.

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Kim January 29, 2014 at 5:01 am

Looking down the comments it’s quite interesting to see a lot of the screaming sounds where made around the same time. I heard the screaming at around 3:25 and it went on for 15 to 20 mins! I assumed like most it was an injured animal and happened to come across this article. I think it’s definitely a fox outside! I saw one out my back garden the other day. I live in the city centre center in Edinburgh, but there’s a train line running at the back of my house. Sounds very creepy!

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Lesley January 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Near Edinburgh, Scotland @ 1.45am – WHAT A FLIPPING RACKET!!!! Thought someone was being murdered. We live in a town and there are urban foxes around. But do they need to make such a blooming noise when they are mating -Tired from Penicuik! :)

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Abs January 31, 2014 at 3:22 am

It’s 2.20 am I’m laying in bed and heard a loud scream it sounded like a women screaming, I can’t sleep now because it sounded horrible.

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Noemi January 31, 2014 at 5:29 am

It’s 4:25 in central London and I just heard them! so I checked out where the sound came from and I spotted three red foxes by the window. They were apparently calm, just walking in the grass, all together but keeping distances. I must say it was a beautiful view :)

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PJ February 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Olney, Md: We have enjoyed seeing foxes walking through our yard sometimes in the mornings, but at around midnight, we heard what sounded like a kitten crying. Worried, I jumped out of bed to check on our two cats, and realized the noise was coming from outside. I opened the front door and could mow tell there was horrible, loud screaming coming from across the street–somewhere in their front yard. They have a cat they let out during the day, so I was afraid it might be him, until suddenly the screamer emerged from the darkness, as did her partner–two red foxes separated and went in opposite directions. Interesting, but, at that hour, also quite frightening!

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Claire February 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Me and my partner where woken up last night around 3am to very strange screaming noises. Looked outside and saw a fox infront of our house. It saw us and then walked away. Never heard such strange noises before we thought a cat was injured or something. We live in uk, East Riding of yorkshire, hull.

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Lisa February 25, 2014 at 2:28 am

My son and I were awakened last night by what sounded like two women, about a quarter of a mile apart, screaming in turn. Sounded like someone was being murdered. Our dog ran to the back sliding glass door and boomed his disapproval. In the morning, we looked it up on the Internet and found a Youtube video of Red Fox screams. What a noise. We never dreamed a fox could sound like that. I wonder if we had a male and female calling to each other or two of the same gender challenging each other. We live outside Gold Bar, Washington, at the foot of the Cascades.

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Shelley March 2, 2014 at 5:13 am

Woken up at 3.20 by horrible screams, panicked jumped out of bed and looked out front and saw the neighbour opposite with a torch in the garden trying to see what was going on. I then noticed a fox on my drive.
We got two new bunnys 2 weeks ago and they live in the garden, now wide awake (4.40) as I am worried the fox knows they are there and wants to eat them!!

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Tyler March 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I actually had a Red Fox at my front door doing this last night. Literally right at the bottom of my steps, standing there calling. I heard it in the distance and as it got cIoser I think it heard my dog barking in response to the calls, and came over to see where the noise was coming from. It stood there calling for a minute or two before walking away.

This is a kind of unrelated story:
Last year I was photographing a mother fox and her kits from a few hundred yards away. I was focusing in two kits at the den while the 3rd kit followed its mother in to the woods. A few minutes later the 3rd kit came prancing out of the woods with a dead bird in its mouth, and ran right up to me (on my toes almost) as if he was showing off his catch. He got nervous and ran away when I moved my camera towards him. – Foxes are great.

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Eric March 19, 2014 at 6:48 am

I live in DC and regularly hear the call of the fox at night. Comforting to know that they are still thriving in such an urban area! Love it…but it does freak my friends out when they come to visit :)

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megan March 25, 2014 at 2:16 am

Every night I hear this! Every..single..night! At 9pm and 3am! I’m so frustrated with it, at first it was pretty cool, but now, now I just want it gone. It scares my kids and is driving me but. Anyway to lead this fox away?

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megan March 25, 2014 at 2:16 am

By the way, I’m in fletcher NC

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Sarah Thompson May 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

I have heard that spreading men’s urine around your garden helps to scent uour territory. Dont know if that would help? Get someone you know to wee around garden. Wont do harm to try it I guess!

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Jaclyn March 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

Around midnight I came to bed and my bedroom window is open since its a nice night and I heard an AWFUL screaming in the distance. I thought someone was being attacked. Then I thought to look up fox screams, since I had heard someone mention that before and sure enough, the recording I listened to was identical to the screaming I heard out my window. I will never forget that sound!

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Natalie April 1, 2014 at 12:41 am

12 am tonight heard them again at the park entrance to Decoy woods, Newton Abbot where I have seen a fox cross the road lots of times during the years to the old farmhouse. Not sure how old/she is now or perhaps its a grown up cub Tonight seems to be one of there mating nights in the same area 1/4 mile away from our house on Kingskerswell Road near Decoy primary school and sounds lovely as am used to them and know what they sound like after all this time of living here Not worried though as am used to their noise after 25 years of living here . Lovely animals but understand what’s its like to own lambs, chickens etc etc

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Natalie April 1, 2014 at 12:54 am

Beautiful creatures and met one really close up yesterday at The hedgehog/animal hospital at Ogwell , Newton Abbot. Abandoned Fox cubs from the suburbs of London brought to Devon and are really cared for. You can watch them during the daytime come up from their hyde for food (given by humans) and also watch them underground via web cam. Truly amazing to watch and so so beautiful.

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Pearl Serbanic April 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I live in the USA in the deep south state of Louisiana. I watch many tv shows and movies that take place in the UK. My sister and I discussed this eerie sound and she thought it was peacocks but I knew it wasn’t so I looked it up and sure enough it was the magical fox. We do have the Red Fox in our state (except in the northeast portion of the state) and I have heard many sounds in our woods that could be the fox, but they never seem as loud and spooky. I add wanting to hear the fox of the UK to my list of reasons to visit your fine country!

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michael April 2, 2014 at 2:18 am

It is 02:10 in the morning and I am hearing that loud scream, interspersed with barks, not from my house. I recognise it as the sound of a fox, which I haven’t heard since this time last year.
For the past month I have been feeding a fox which visits the back garden every night just after midnight. It arrives regular as clockwork and watches me, watching it, as it eats. Last night two of them arrived. They aren’t at all put out by my presence. I give them dog food, biscuit, various scraps including left over pizza. I love doing it as they are beautiful creatures.

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michael April 2, 2014 at 2:19 am

By the way, I live in Devon, UK.

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Cheryl April 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Last year around this time of the year the foxes made their presents known around 5 am. It first sounded like a cat in agony, I have many barn cats. Every night afterwards they were back, probably looking for food for their babies. I have to say, they are cute when you watch them on video but…… I became very tired of being woken up during the night to their screams. My cats start to seem scared and luckily we never lost any to them. When the pups were probably getting bigger the nightly screams became less, they were probably moving further out for hunting lessons. I am not looking forward to another couple of months of being woken up with their screams under my window. We are also trying to make it so that the fox can’t get at the cats so easily by changing the cat access door into the barn. I am sure one night there was a fox in the barn that went in through the cat door. We have no farm animals so the barn is a home for our cats and will be a better safe haven once the door location is changed. Cute but pains also!
I am from central Alberta Canada

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Hanna April 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

There is a fox right outside my house screaming. I’m watching her; she’s facing the house. It’s 5:30 am. My mom even went outside and it ran but came back and screamed some more lol.

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j April 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

I woke up last night to a bone chilling noise I have heard before and never knew what it was. This time it was right outside my window and they were open because of the nice weather it was about 2:30 in the morning BC it started then I heard leaves like something was jumping around in a pile of leaves I luckily had a spot light to witch I saw a fox running away as I yelled and shined the light at it and then I got on this site to confirm why and what was making this god awful sound I had goose bumps for like 20 -30 minutes I don’t get why we get chills like that its not really scary well at first before I knew what it was it freaked me out I thought it was cats but never heard a cat make those kind of sounds any way good info from everyone

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Briana Smith April 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

It is April 25, 2014 and I live in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. At about 3:00am I woke up to a loud screaming noise. I was very scared at first because it sounded like a woman screaming. Then I realized that it was not a woman and that it was an animal. The animal sounded like it was screaming “hi” every 5 seconds. Then I googled animal screaming and I figured out that it was the red tail fox after I watched a video on YouTube of a fox screaming. The scream on the YouTube video was the same scream that I heard outside of my home. My dad also told me he saw a red tail fox in my area recently. I live in the suburbs and there are woods in the back of my home. I have been up all night reading about red tail foxes and watching videos on YouTube. They are very interesting animals. I hope they don’t wake me up anymore though! It is now 4:30am and I cannot go back to sleep!

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Nicki April 25, 2014 at 9:57 am

Woke up at 5am to what we thought was cats fighting, used to the sound of that with the amount of cats around, then heard flapping. I have chickens in my back garden and something had broken into the pen and had one of my chickens, dragged it through a hole at bottom of garden then disappeared. Then heard the ‘fox scream’. Do they make a sound like cats fighting?

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Randi April 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Grantham, NH 8:30 a.m.
Heard this bizarre noise that I thought was a dinosaur sized crow “cawing”. I was almost afraid to look. My dogs, a Shi Tzu and a Dachshund/Chihuahua mix, were barking their heads off! I noticed the fox prancing around the backyard (we live in a very wooded area). Fortunately we have a screened in back deck about one story up so there is no chance of interaction… until I let the dogs back out.
Normally, I would not fret over wild life. Let’s face it, we live in rural NH and we expect it. But about a week or two ago, two small children were attacked by a rabid fox in a park no less than an hour from us. That fox was captured and put down. Now I’m a bit leery of the little red creatures.
But… at least I know what the fox says now!

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Redfragle April 27, 2014 at 3:44 am

3.41 in East Kilbride Scorland, fox keeping me awake with her ‘love song’. Built up area, right next to a busy road and she is determined to keep singing/squealing.

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Molly April 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Augh! Knew right what it was and STILL creeped me out! We live right on Rock Creek Park just north outside of Washington DC and my husband, a police officer, gets calls all the time about the “child crying/screaming in the woods” around here. They are beautiful creatures and one has been right in my front yard (quarter acre in a suburb) but too close for my comfort as I have three hens, two cats, and a dog! Every night lately around 3/3:30am.

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Siobhan May 9, 2014 at 3:24 am

3.15 am Glasgow, Scotland. Built up residential area!! I’ve been woken by the most terrifying screams. I genuinely though a woman had been stabbed in the street. I’m sorry Russell but I defo didn’t enjoy it. Thank god my partner is here tonight or I would not have got back to sleep, my heart’s pounding out my chest! It was a small lone red fox in my garden.

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Marsha Owens May 19, 2014 at 2:11 am

Gulf Coast beach area of Alabama near the Florida state line. We have been hearing screams coming from the woods near us, starting about twilight. They sound just like Maria Sharapova every time she serves the ball. I thought it was a screech owl at first. Then my husband saw a red fox while out for a walk (we live in a fairly built up subdivision with more development going on all the time). We wondered if the fox(es) might be making the screech and listened to a recording. Sure enough, it’s our foxes. It makes me sad that their habitat has largely been taken over by huge three story houses on pilings. But after reading thatthe scream is their “love song” maybe they are managing to.carry on regardless. I hope so.

Our foxes scream over and over, for hours at a time, sometimes. Almost every night, we hear them. I think they are probably rivals claiming territory, since there are two calls, a first one and then the answering one. I love hearing them.

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Salah May 20, 2014 at 5:04 am

Last night I woke up on the most terrifying noise I ever heard in my life. It sounded like that of a young female child being dragged while screening. My wife and I were terrified. The sound moved so fast from west to east with fast speed that I felt is impossible for human. Our backyard is very worded area, so the day after I went throughout backyard looking for the “blood” of the victim. Finally, at night I asked my neighbor if any one heard the “sound of agony” of last night. One of the neighbors mentioned that it might be from the fox in my backyard. I only realized that there is a fox den in my backyard the day before. When I heard the recording on your site, I knew that this is the same scary scream that we heard last night. This sound is very irritating. We live in Rochester, MN

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jess May 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Just dozing off @ 23:39 and the most haunting scream comes from the side of my house (right under my bedroom window…..GREAT!!) and at first thought it was cats fighting. But it was screaming. I had a feeling it was foxes. Poked my head out the window to check a dog hadn’t been attacked (dont know where the dog wud have come from but best to check ;) and saw 2 bloomin foxes walking down the opposite lane. Had to go down and double check our dog kizzy was in her bed, and she was. They carried on for 10 mins then left. Husband not happy he was woken, and now a little creeped out. Some people love em im sorry but I cant stand em. Ill never think of “wat does a fox say” in the same way again!! My 8 yr old will be gutted she missed it ;)

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siobhan May 29, 2014 at 4:21 am

Got woken up by terrifying screams at this hour. .thought someone was being attacked. Went out to investigate. .and seen a red fox in the school grounds. .. I live in south shields North east..tyne and wear. .very disturbing to say the least

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Denise May 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

The foxes usually gather in the street on the nights the rubbish bags are out for the dustmen. And at 4am this morning the screaming was at its best, but what I want to know is why my dog sleeps through it every time. He is not deaf or old but simply takes no notice of the foxes and yet if a cat or dog makes any sounds during the night he will wake the whole household barking.

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Debbie May 31, 2014 at 11:46 am

Hi, l have been hearing the fox screams for sometime now around my house (built up area in Glasgow, Scotland) and often see the foxes late at night. Last night was a bit exciting for me though. The screams were very loud this time and woke me up so I went to the front window to investigate. On my front garden (grassed area) were two foxes in full mating motion!! What a surprise to see this as I live on a main road and would have thought they would choose a safer place (or get a room lol). They were startled by me or something else a few moments later and separated but I heard them again a little later and a bit further away. I am glad I got to witness nature at its best though and I hope they go on to have a lovely little family.

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Lucy June 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I live across the street from a wooded area. My son told me that during the middle of the night he was awoken by screaming sounds. He thought that it might have been a stray cat being killed by a racoon or something like that. But he said it sounded really bad. Then one night when I came home late, I got out of my car and heard a screaming sound like nothing I have ever heard before! It made me scared of what it might be.
I had heard of Red Fox sightings in my area but now I know for sure that they are around because I googled the “sound a fox makes” and low and behold it was the same noise that both my son and I heard – a FOX! They are so beautiful, I hope I get a chance to see it!
I live in Woodbridge Township New Jersey.

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Peter Fisher June 7, 2014 at 7:24 am

We have red foxes living next door here in Virginia Beach. They have been screaming almost every night as of late and driving my dogs crazy. Driving me crazy too as It interrupts my sleep. Tonight one sat right by the front door and looking at the house just started screaming. It is as if it was taunting the dogs as they go to the window in a frenzy of barking. Is this fox letting us know it is the night ruler of our front yard or what? I love the beauty of this magical animal but it seems to be taunting us and My sleep is suffering. Any suggestions to discourage this behavior?

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Owen June 9, 2014 at 3:16 am

Almost three times a week I wake up to a terrible sound which almost sounds like a woman screaming. Across the street behind the houses there is a pretty large wooded area, this is generally where I hear the screaming coming from. However, in the past few weeks or so I’ve been awaken by the terrifying screech noticing it is coming from right under my window, and you guess it! I nearly pee my pants it’s so loud. At first I thought this was the scream of a fisher cat until I looked up the screams and noticed the distinct differences. I think there could be a few foxes in the area and ive also seen a coyote if two around so there’s plenty of biodiversity out there!

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Pat June 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I live in Pennsylvania on top of a mountain surrounded by woods for the first time in 30 years for the past 3 nights we hear the fox screaming I figured it had something to do with mating, thank yo for the information on your site

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neil June 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Live in Western Kentucky, pretty close to Kentucky lake, we have a huge ravine behind the house and every night right around 2am this female fox starts her call and she is so close to the house she gets the dogs barking and me out of bed, it’s just a plain erie sound. Yesterday I decided to take an adventure into this large ravine, well to my suprise I now know why she has been so close to the house, I found her den, about 30 yards from the backyard, but half way down this ravine. I want to put a field camera up and just get some pictures of her, and maybe I can get some of her pups if she has any.

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Sue Hill June 11, 2014 at 7:44 am

woken about 1.30am to the sound of screaming which sounded like someone was being attacked. looked through the window and saw a fox. why do they make this terrifying noise.
Sue
England

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terri evans June 18, 2014 at 12:45 am

I feed a family of foxes most nights but tonight i was on my way to feed them when one of the young ones started screening I’ve never heard anything like it before and that’s in twenty years of feeding the same family after talking to it for a few minutes it calmed down and stopped but i was really worried it was injured or something thanks for this site to put my mind at ease keep up the good work

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Ross June 18, 2014 at 1:13 am

Incredible screaming – i hadnt heard it before. We are both vets so were prepared to go and look for the injured animal but curiosity and common sense kicked in and discovered it is a fox. We live in Leicester.

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trish June 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

Last night around 2:20am,the horrendous noise of two foxes outside the house,looked out of the bedroom Windows and two red foxes,one look worn out,I guess they had just mated,one still lay in the road for around 10mins,then the other one checked it and then wandered off,the other got up and went on its way after its rest .

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Roger June 24, 2014 at 2:30 am

My wife and I live 20 miles outside on Manhattan and we were woken up last night at 3:30AM to what we thought was a young child in distress. We looked out our bedroom window to fin a beautiful fox. It continued its call for a few more minutes before it ran off (we think it heard us). So good to know it was probably a female marking her territory as we thought she might have been calling for her lost cubs.

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Lisa Claire June 26, 2014 at 3:40 am

There are no woods near me but a fox has been spotted numerous times near my house. I live near a main road in the city.
Over the last few weeks roughly around the same time each night you can hear a high pitched screaming noise.
At first it shocked me and I wondered what it could be but now I know what it is I am no longer wary.
My brother was the one who spotted a fox cub happily walking down our neighbours drive a few weeks ago but I am yet to catch a glimpse.

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Sarah Fisher July 1, 2014 at 5:47 am

I’m working late from home tonight and I was startled by what I though was a neighbourhood child screaming in agony… and then I remembered our landlady mentioning screaming foxes. (There are numerous foxes: red, silver and patchy in our area of Pownal, PEI, Canada). It really does have a freaky banshee-like sound! Woke my youngest daughter up out of a dead sleep! It’s a horror story sound I’ll never forget!

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Gabby July 6, 2014 at 1:01 am

Omg, so scary, I can see them from my window at about 1 am, I live straight across the river from greenwitch

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Natalie July 10, 2014 at 7:01 am

1:53 am in Fairfax, VA. My brother (in the next room over,) my cat, and I were woken up by screams. I thought the first scream was a person, but because of the numerous identical screams produced afterwards, I realised it was probably just a fox. I was curious as to why exactly they make these sounds, which then brought me to this website. Thank you for this info!

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Laura July 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Hear foxes screaming regularly. seen them in the garden loads wake us up during the night but don’t run away or scare by the torch or outside light. Come to see if they can get at our chickens and eat the cat food. Heard scream again tonight 11.30pm live in rural Shropshire

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Paula July 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm

We have a fox in the area our apartment complex. I’ve seen and heard it both. One morning it was a odd sound it ended up being the danger call. he was very small.I thought it was a young fox that got scared and lost. We have heard the vixen call also.

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