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This happened in the summer of 2011.

I was backpacking in the black elk wilderness in the black hills of SD. At the end of my second day, I found a nice open spot near the trail to pitch my tarp and quickly hit the sleeping bag around 7:30 PM. Now I know that there is potentially dangerous wildlife in this area, such as elk and mountain lions, but I'd figure I wouldn't have any problems with them.

At around 8:00 PM, without any sign or build-up, there suddenly was a very loud noise close to me. It sounded like a circular saw that you use to cut wood in half by pushing into it on a table. It lasted half a second and repeated irregularly for five seconds. At first, I thought it was my imagination, but I saw a shadow in the woods when I looked where the sound was coming from. After that, there were no more sounds like that or moving figures in the trees. I didn't get ANY sleep that night.

To this day, I still wonder what that sound was. Unless there was other people nearby that I didn't know about, I'm guessing it was some kind of wild animal. It couldn't have been any power tools that I am aware of: electric ones need a socket, and gas ones need a start-up that I would have heard beforehand. And I'm pretty sure mountain lions can't make that sound.

What do you guys think?
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Sounds like a cicada.

Some katydids are pretty loud, too.

Or an @$$hole with a battery-powered circular saw.


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Chupacabra. I'm certain of it. It now knows you and will hunt you to no end. Give up backpacking and send your gear to me.


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Elk rut? You might be able to google it for a recording and see.
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"It sounded like a circular saw that you use to cut wood in half by pushing into it on a table"
In Australia , day time, that could be a lyre bird.(I am not kidding...)
The male adds those kind of sounds to his repertoire to impress the female.
I never heard one during the night though...

The worst noise to wake me up during the night is me snoring.
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I do think there's a squach in these woods.
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