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#5500127 - 12/26/14 06:28 AM cat tracks
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I found some huge cat tracks on my land in Montague County a couple of weeks ago. They measured almost 6 inches in length and were in fairly hard, dry, sand and not mud. The pugs were between the size of a half dollar and a silver dollar. It took a lot of weight to make the impression. Only one was a complete track. Due to lack of claws, they weren't from a dog or coyote. I'm wondering about a mountain lion. I've seen a lot of bobcats, their feet, and their tracks. I know that they have awfully big feet but have never seen one this size.

I looked up the GW's phone number on the web, called it, and got no answer. No opportunity to leave a message. When they have been sighted in the past, the GW always seems to have had reports of sightings. But, it's been a long time since we have had any indication that there was one in the area. I'm not worried about it from a safety standpoint.

Your thoughts?
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#5500151 - 12/26/14 07:08 AM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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pic? of the track

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#5500154 - 12/26/14 07:10 AM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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First, the tracks were most likely made in softer, wet sand and then it dried hard.

Second, 6" long? WAY too large for a normal mountain lion. Mountain lion tracks should be about the size of your palm and not the size of your hand. (3.5" long and about 4" wide). The size of print you are talking about would be in the size range for African lion.

Third, pics with a scale (your foot, knife, cell phone, ruler)

Fourth, the place I hunt just outside of the town of Montague has had a cat cross through, according to the landowner. What part of Montague County?


Edited by Double Naught Spy (12/26/14 07:30 AM)
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#5500219 - 12/26/14 08:17 AM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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Just South of Bowie. We've had some sightings in the past but I've never seen one. I know, or have read, that they have a 75 mile range so I'm not worried about it. I took a pic with a teenagers hand next to it and then measured the kids hand. I have the pic on my camera but have been unsuccessful in using Photobucket.
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#5500234 - 12/26/14 08:28 AM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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Don't have to use photobucket anymore. Load it directly here using the upload icon in the tool bar.
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#5500546 - 12/26/14 11:48 AM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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Or, I can just pm you my email and then you can email the image(s) to me and I can post them for you.
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#5500573 - 12/26/14 12:14 PM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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Besides the size, are there other ways to figure this problem out- which I too have had? I'm told a mountain lion will occasionally drag its tail and you can see a drag line in soft sand- I'm not really sure they do that and, like others I've see tracks that could be either a trophy bobcat or a small female lion. What about how the animal moves? Does a bobcat wandered around more and a lion walk straight? Are the prints different? One in a straight line the other in two rows? Any indicators other than size?

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#5500702 - 12/26/14 01:33 PM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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The issue here isn't if it is a bobcat or mountain lion, LOL. These tracks are to a mountain lion what mountain lion tracks are to a bobcat.
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#5501218 - 12/26/14 07:49 PM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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Double Naught, you're over your limit on messages.


Edited by Dave Davidson (12/26/14 08:28 PM)
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#5501275 - 12/26/14 08:20 PM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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That's bizarre. Sorry. Will fix that...
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#5501285 - 12/26/14 08:29 PM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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OK, 3 Emails with 2 pics each. The quality on my cheap digi cam didn't do a great job.The tracks were a lot clearer than the pics.


Edited by Dave Davidson (12/26/14 08:31 PM)
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#5501327 - 12/26/14 08:57 PM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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#5501330 - 12/26/14 08:59 PM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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#5501334 - 12/26/14 09:00 PM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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Thanks, the 16 year old kids hand measure between 5.5 and 6 inches from start of the palm to the fingertips. 2 of the pics are from a second track in sand/gravel. It was pretty well packed and looks like whatever made it had a lot of weight. The stride indicated that it was walking instead of running.

I have never yelled mountain lion before. But, I have never seen cat tracks this size.


Edited by Dave Davidson (12/26/14 09:06 PM)
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#5501837 - 12/27/14 08:02 AM Re: cat tracks [Re: Dave Davidson]
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I think you have a very big dog track there buddy, you can see a very small toenail imprint at the end of the pads, cats will not have that and be very circular and a little more space between toes, my guess is big dog sorry
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