A listener writes “I’m a listener from Southwest Virginia in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. My mom recorded this audio from her back porch last winter but didn’t tell me about it until Thanksgiving.
I’d like to hear your thoughts on what the creature making the sounds could be. Black bear and coyote are the biggest wild predators we have in this area. Mountain lions are “officially” extinct in SWVA, but many people claim they still exist here.
Logically speaking, this is probably a mountain lion because I don’t think this is a bear vocalization. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.”