Absolutely they can. A few years back one October, I got caught out by the darkening skies, whilst a good 25-minute walk from home. .
Part of the walk required me to walk down dark back country single track lanes with woodland on either side, and with only my mobile phone as a light source. .
Little noises going off behind me, I’d stop and shine the torch to see what it was, only for the same noises going off to the left and right of me – I know today that it was just twigs and other bits of foliage coming off the tress etc, but I was new to rural life back then. Also, I now know the noise that the deer in the area make, when they are calling out to each other, especially during the rutting season, but at the time it terrified me.
These days though I’m quite happy walking the back country lanes at night, and regularly walk to and from the pub in the next village after dark.