posted on Feb, 15 2010 @ 07:25 PM
It's probably easier to say what it couldn't be first. Some have said it is some type of big cat or feline, but no living or extinct cat would have
a snout that long (the part sticking out and down on the right). I am also uncomfortable with the idea of it being any type of animal, whether native
to the area or not. At first I thought it might be a black bear with mange (which would make the head look larger and the ears and nose more
obvious), but the bulky object on the back of the thing (that many are calling a back pack or bed roll) lacks natural form IMO.
Also, if you look where the animal's hip apparently is (the sun looks be highlighting the outer part of the pelvic bone defined by muscle), you'll
notice that its knee is almost impossibly far down on the leg(s). In other words, for this to be a dog (a dog w/o something strapped on its back), it
is way out of proportion or deformed. There are few living quadrepedal animals with these sorts of proportions (wallabies and kangaroos come to mind
as those that do have very long hind limbs and very short forelimbs, and they are mostly bipedal, but certainly no dog, deer horse or bear) of having
hind legs nearly twice the length of the forelimbs, even when photographed at an angle.
My thoughts are that it is either a man with some pack equipment on his back and some other gear, or a dog with a pack on its back.