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post #11 of 20 Old 01-06-2010, 08:35 PM
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^^^Snow makes the tracks look much bigger.

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post #12 of 20 Old 01-07-2010, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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The tracks where in very deep snow and on a hill... There have been "sightings" of the cougars up here. There are no wolves... the only stray dog that I have seen around here is a bassett hound lol. Im literally in the middle of nowhere.. smack dab in the middle of a 60 acres field surrounded by miles and miles of woods. The paw print was bigger than my hand... needless to say even if it is a dog im scared of it. There were small.. very small prints next to it... like as if it had a baby.... I didnt get pictures of those though. But they looked the same justa third of the size :)

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I agree with that is most likely a wolf, coyote, or feral/ stay dog. Animals to naturally exspand their ranges as long as there is nothing to stop them. I would not be suprised if it is a wolf but even if it is just a stay dog. Becareful. They can be dangerous to horses and people.

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I agree with Kentucky. The palm on a cougar track is larger than all the digits and the shape of the palm is not higher in the center as it would be on a coyotee, wolf or dog. Hard to tell by the picture, but that shape looks more elongated and the digits collectively are not larger than the palm.

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A big cat track can show claw mark if its a deep track. It can also show claw mark if in is at an incline. On flat level ground you shouldn't see any claw mark.
This is a cougar track in snow.
http://washingtonwolf.info/wolfphoto...otsize_002.jpg
Why would the link say "WolfTrack_HindFootSize" if it were a Couger track? By how the link is labeled, I would think that that picture is a hind foot track from a wolf. In fact I would put money on it. After all it is from the "washington wolf" page, in the "wolf photos" gallery....

To the OP:

The track you found was a canine of some sorts. Anyone with barely a basic sense of tracking can tell that is not a cat.

Just because you haven't seen the dogs, doesn't mean they aren't there. I haven't seen the pack of coyotes that live in my area, but I do know they are here. I have had strange dogs show up for one night, passing through, and I never see them again. I have had the neighbor dogs come over for a night... and who knows what shows up when I am not there.

Here is a nice page with lots of pics of cougar tracks. Animal Tracks - Mountain Lion (Cougar) - Puma concolor
A nice carnivore print page.
Tracking Identification Guide from Wild Things Unlimited

If you really want to know, set up a wildlife camera.
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A big cat track can show claw mark if its a deep track. It can also show claw mark if in is at an incline. On flat level ground you shouldn't see any claw mark.
This is a cougar track in snow.
http://washingtonwolf.info/wolfphoto...otsize_002.jpg
The photo itself says it is a wolf, not cougar.
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I would bet it was a big dog, wolf, or a coyote..
I have coyote's everywhere here, and that's what their prints look like.

But, who knows, haha.
Most likely K9 though.
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The tracks where in very deep snow and on a hill... There have been "sightings" of the cougars up here. There are no wolves... the only stray dog that I have seen around here is a bassett hound lol. Im literally in the middle of nowhere.. smack dab in the middle of a 60 acres field surrounded by miles and miles of woods. The paw print was bigger than my hand... needless to say even if it is a dog im scared of it. There were small.. very small prints next to it... like as if it had a baby.... I didnt get pictures of those though. But they looked the same justa third of the size :)
I know nothing about tracks, but generally speaking because of the sightings and wildlife in your area, I would believe it. We used to have a special breed of mountain dog in the hopes it would keep those human eating animals away from our house.
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I would say a stray dog or a wolf, the prints look K9
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