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Big Cat? Lone Coyote?

itscrazytime   posted:10/30/2011 9:43:32 AM  
 O.k., I woke up this morning with a single set of animal prints going through my  back yard.They came up from the woods, through the field. It could be a lone coyote, or proof of my big cat problem. I'm no good with animal tracks. They are pretty good sized tracks. For comparison, I took a picture of my dogs track also. She is a medium sized dog and weighs about 60 pounds. I had a really good print where you could see the pads, but my daughter came over and very thoughtfully kicked snow in it...lol. I used my boot for comparison. I wear a 7 1/2. The mystery animal print is walking in the opposite direction as my foot is pointing. MY dogs print, for comparisonhttp://img684.imageshack.us/img684/296/puppyprint1.jpg Mystery animalhttp://img513.imageshack.us/img513/5961/mysteryprint2.jpg
itscrazytime   posted:10/30/2011 9:49:18 AM  
 I wanted to add that there was just 1 animal.
Omen502   posted:10/30/2011 12:55:26 PM  
 well I would have to see in person.  As I have no clue what that white stuff is?
JOSMAN087   posted:10/31/2011 3:54:18 AM  
whatever it was was running in the direction of your foot, but  i would have to see more than one track.  Its possible to be a bobcat track.http://www.bigcats.com/randomcatpictures.php?409748c56baff0701179bb4f89f278dd 
itscrazytime   posted:10/31/2011 8:19:40 AM  
 There was like 2 feet in between footprints. The cat we've been seeing is black, good sized, but it has a tail. Canada Lynx can be black or dark gray, but they have no tail. It's odd.
LincolnGenghis   posted:10/31/2011 1:59:02 PM  
Yeah its kind of hard to tell with the snow tracks with one image. easiest are tracks in moist dirt or mud. The one thing that might give you a clue on the tracks is if you have a whole line of them thru your yard, look at the spacing between the right and left paws. Most cats big and small kind of leave tracks that are really close togather (Left to right paws) almost like they are walking on some invisable balencing beem or tight rope or doing a sobriety test for a state trooper. lol:Now judging by your dogs prints that look smaller then the unknown prints, If the right to left steps are closer togather then what your smaller dog leaves in the snow I would put my money on a cat (And not a cute cuddly domestic one. Although they all seem to share some of the same traits, house cats are just not big enough to eat us.)
itscrazytime   posted:10/31/2011 8:05:41 PM  
 You know, it's funny you say that Michael, because it was like they were walking a tight rope. It was almost like it only had 2 legs...in a line.
LincolnGenghis   posted:11/1/2011 3:20:59 AM  
Then thats got to be a cat. And looking from the one footprint I saw, its a hell of lot bigger then your dog and could be meaner also. There are some Bears because of the shear upper body size in the sholders and legs they walk kind of like that (the arms and legs kind of bow in a bit) but cats all have this weird precise deliberate walk to them and sometimes the paw prints from both sides fit in the same tracks (That is house cats up to lions ). that is what I love about cats they are a hunters hunter. if we did not have weapons they would truely be the top of the food chain.

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