Originally posted by mwood
That's a mountain Lion, Cougar track.
Don't believe that their "extinct" around ANY area. They can and will thrive in any area where there is cover (woods) and game to eat.
There weren't supposed to be any in Lower Michigan either and when I saw one in 1985 and reported it the local law enforcement laughed at me and
made jokes. Then more sightings started happening and dead animals started showing up.
I live in Arizona and Big cats are a part of life here and I am VERY used to them. I would bet money that's what this is and for sure that's what
the track s from.
I agree. It looks like cougar/mountain lion.
As a young teen I got to volunteer at a wildcat rescue refuge where mostly "domesticated" raised in captivity as pets cougars, and other wild cats
The cougars are amazing, and much much much smarter than you will want to think you think they are.
Wonderful kittys. Very affectionate, willful, full of individual personality, very demanding and often testy.
That's captive raised cat though.
I'd expect a cat raised in the wild to be all the more in tune with its environment.
Then again, this could be a captive raised cat either escaped, or purposely released after the owner found it too much a chore to look after. In that
respect it'd know people all too well, and certainly be attracted to human habitated areas in making association that people means food is close.