Officers in Bristol acted straight away and sent out the force helicopter to locate the person in distress.
Avon Gorge was scoured for the woman, but it transpired the screams were actually coming from a contented goat.
The Daily Mail reported it cost "hundreds of pounds" to scramble the helicopter.
Thermal imaging pictures captured the bleating goat, and the helicopter squad tweeted the following.
1650hrs Avon Gorge searching for person who sounded in distress. We may have found the culprit! pic.twitter.com/1GY3WCRMgg— NPAS Filton (@NPAS_Filton) January 24, 2016
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