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hey - no worries - what i was really driving at was the possibility that someone travelling across the state stopped to strech thier legs - and thier dogs - and didnt care that they were trespasasing on your neighbours patch
originally posted by: Eilasvaleleyn
a reply to: ecapsretuo
Right, that's the main thing that makes me think "canine" is a fairly strong contender. The issue is that I can't think of a dog that would have made those tracks. I'm basically certain it wasn't our own, and no one else nearby owned one that large at the time. (That I am aware of.)
The other thing is that felines "usually" don't leave claw marks, not "always".
Would they extend their claws if they were hunting something? As I said, the prints were right next to a chicken enclosure...
...Cats can voluntarily extend their claws on one or more paws. They may extend their claws in hunting or self-defense, climbing, kneading, or for extra traction on soft surfaces. Most cats have five claws on their front paws, and four on their rear paws.
The "no claws" are a general rule - but not black and white. The cheetah for example doesn't have retractable claws. Not saying it was a cheetah - just giving the exception on the rule.
In other words - while stalking the claws are generally retracted, but during the final moments of the hunt the claws would be retracted... And also when they move in - say, mud - it may be extended. Sadly the photographs are not clear enough. If you had better/more photographs and you could identify a paw with 4 claws and a paw with 5 claws you would have had better evidence for a feline...
originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
a reply to: Eilasvaleleyn
It might be a Eastern Grey Kangaroo-those things can get quite big.
They also have a prominent toe and it's plain to see in the imprint. There are stories of rogue Roos and it has sparked legends of the megafauna that once existed down under.