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AlternativeEquineTraining 01-06-2010 07:36 PM

Found These Paw Prints at my Barn in the Snow!!
 
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Okay well according to the internet its a cougar/mountain lion. Want others opinions! The paw print was about 5 inches width!

GoldRush 01-06-2010 07:44 PM

Don't agree...cats as a species have retractable claws. Your print has clear claw marks.http://depts.washington.edu/natmap/p...nt-snow-sm.jpg
This is a photo of a puma print in snow.



















http://k41.pbase.com/o6/65/431565/1/...print.4427.jpgThis is a bear print in mud...claws are clear. So may be a small bear...

GoldRush 01-06-2010 07:47 PM

Or....
http://www.kecharaskorner.com/images/kechara_paw_01.jpgWolf print in snow

clipclops 01-06-2010 08:01 PM

Not bear...has to be cat or k9.
I looked at a lot of tracks...some cougar tracks had the claw marks but not many and not as clear...like this one
http://freepages.family.rootsweb.anc...d_at_cabin.jpg

here is a bear
http://www.nps.gov/gaar/planyourvisi...eartracks2.jpg

Wolf..
http://www.wildernessclassroom.com/p...olf_tracks.jpg

Bob Cat..
http://natureinquiries.files.wordpre...t-track-1b.jpg

dressagebelle 01-06-2010 08:03 PM

I personally think that it is probably either a wolf, or a large dog. I too can clearly see the claw marks, and cat prints don't show claw marks.

DarkEquine 01-06-2010 08:03 PM

No way, canine and bear species have non retractable claws and therefore leave a claw print when leaving tracks. Feline species (excepting the cheetah, which I doubt that's what it was - even though that would be seriously cool!!) have a retractable claw and therefore don't leave claw tracks. Possibly a stray dog, or in an extreme case, a wolf, if you have them where you live?

P.S. I work volunteer at a zoo on the weekends and have seen the different tracks for myself.

1dog3cats17rodents 01-06-2010 08:16 PM

Agree with the above post. Looks like a large dog, Felines don't leave claw marks, and bear *usually* show more claw. It could be a bear, but I vote big dog

clipclops 01-06-2010 08:37 PM

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

lilkitty90 01-06-2010 08:39 PM

nah i don't think it's a bear. bears have pretty wonky shapped bads. and the toes are big. i'm guessing either Coyote, Wolf, or a big dog

Fowl Play 01-06-2010 09:32 PM

My black lab is about 100 lbs. His paw prints in snow or mud spread out to be MUCH bigger than his already big feet. I would put money on a large stray dog.


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