Originally Posted by clipclops
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.