The Blair Witch Project is a movie you either love or hate, and the hate is out there for it. I know this, but I don't care. It was special for me since I went to college in that area. I new every ghost legend in Burkittsville and I'd never heard of the Blair Witch. I immediately knew it wasn't real. Still, the movie scared the piss out of me. I saw it when my husband was away on a business trip so I was alone in the house. After the movie I went for a walk in Dogtown near my home. That's an old, five mile deserted former Colonial settlement stuck in the middle of the woods. If you've seen Blair Witch, you can guess where my story is going.
I was fine until I was on my way out of the woods. Some kind of animal shrieked high up in the trees and I couldn't pinpoint exactly where it was coming from. I only knew it was following me and getting closer. It was also getting dark and I was terrified. I high-tailed it out of the woods, nearly taking the wrong hiking path farther into rocky terrain. When I finally reached familiar territory I felt relieved, especially since that high-pitched shrieking stopped moving. I was on my way out of the woods but that shriek kept back. Every time I walk in Dogtown I think about that high-pitched shrieking and I wonder what it was. It wasn't an owl. I've heard owls before. I had no idea what it was.
Years later, I think I discovered what I heard. It may have been a fisher cat. This is what a fisher cat sounds like:
Imagine that following you in the middle of the woods when it's getting dark outside and you're completely alone. I hear fisher cats are nasty, mean creatures, too. I'm glad I didn't run into it.
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