Ok, I JUST heard this again right outside my house. Imagine hearing this and not knowing what it is. That's what happened to me last year, I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth and heard what I was sure was a woman screaming...I went running out to get my hubby yelling that we had to go help someone.
He of course knew what it was and got the rifle. When we went out on our balcony we heard something big crash down from the tree ten feet away. I tell you, before the sound of the crash was over he had me pushed back in the door and had the door slammed!
We called the forest service to ask if we could shoot it (we have kids & dogs), and the guy on the phone offered to bring us by some rubber bullets (what, to piss it off?) but never showed up...that was last year. If that thing gets any closer, though...scary!!!!