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Originally posted by Tazkven
reply to post by Xquizit
I said these were big cat prints but after researching this awhile I believe that not to be true anymore. Was reading that all cats retract their claws while walking, Is this not true? That would make the prints canine then, right? Either the predator is a big dog or these could simply be prints of a dog someone saw close by one of the slaughtered animal's ...
WADDY, Ky. (WDRB) Dec 13, 2012 5:22 PM EST -
Kevin Cox's three donkeys have impressive built-in alarm systems, but unfortunately, they have not kept a predator from attacking a white calf and others a few weeks ago.
"I noticed it was covered in blood. Then the other two come up, and I noticed that their ears were shredded," said Cox.
"This one was the worst one," Cox pointed out, "(it) tore his ears up pretty good. I'm lucky that's all it did."
Days later, Cox says the animal came back for more. His daughter's goat was mauled.
"It tore its ear off completely," Cox explained.
His neighbor's goats were not so lucky.
"They was pretty bad off," he said. "It just literally tore the faces off of them."
Those goats had to be put down. Altogether, six goats and four calves have been attacked -- and soon, there will be an extremely vulnerable target on his farm.
"This heifer right here, she's about to have a baby next month," said Cox.
So Cox has set out to try and trap the animal -- or at least catch it on camera.
But what is it? Kentucky Fish and Wildlife experts say it's likely not a wolf, big cat, or some sort of "mythical" creature.
"That's indicative to a canine dog, a coyote is more of an oblong round," said Sgt. Doug Detherege, examining one of the tracks left by the animal. "If it was a big cat, it wouldn't show any toenail marks at all."
And they think the dog is domestic, and likely has been contained by its owner, since the last attack was over a week ago.
"A wild animal is out to either feed, or defend itself," said Detherege.
Yes, these are Jaguar paw prints. (minus the actual Jaguar thankgoodness!) We were hiking at Mayflower state park in Belize earlier this month when we spotted these prints. We actually saw quite a few paw prints during the hike. I guess it only makes sense that the Jaguar would choose to walk on a trail just like humans do. And get a load of the huge claw marks.
Originally posted by Spiramirabilis
I guess it only makes sense that the Jaguar would choose to walk on a trail just like humans do. And get a load of the huge claw marks.
A black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of any of several species of larger cat. In the Americas, wild 'black panthers' may be black jaguars (Panthera onca), while in Asia and Africa, black leopards (Panthera pardus); in Asia, possibly the very rare black tigers (Panthera tigris). Smaller wild cats, like jaguarundi, may also be black.
Originally posted by k21968
This was on our local news last week and a hunter spotted the culprit..it is actually 2 wild dogs. A shephard mix and a rottweiler/dane mix. Sorry it is nothing more exciting than that. I live close by. That is the only reason I know.
When I was in high school, we lived in San Antonio. Visiting the Witte Museum there, one favorite room of mine was one they had set up (don't know if they still do or not) as a large "diorama" of sorts. Trees, plants, etc, and stuffed real animals here and there all through the place. Local animals, all. Birds, small mammals, javalinas, and even a jaguar. Walking through ,the challenge was to see if you could spot all of them. At the end, they had a little diagram showing where they were. The jaguar, virtually NO ONE spotted walking through.
I think the fish and game people don't want to admit they are there, because then they would have to take on more responsibilities. I do find it very interesting that, when some rancher reports one of these large black cats, they tell him there aren't any there. Then, when the same guy says, so if it comes back, I can shoot it, right? Since it isn't real? Then, they tell him, no, he can't, because they are protected. Non-existent cats get protection?