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Hi

I research Thylacoleo carnifex (marsupial Lion) and big cats here in Australia.

A few weeks back at a known big cat hotspot this print was found of which I did a plaster cast and also took photographs.

We think its a big cat any ideas what one??

http://www.theaustralianyowieresearchcenter.com/unknownprint1.html

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I'm not a track expert by any means but I have run across cougar tracks from time to time.

All I can say is that it looks cat like (lack of claw prints) as you suggest. I can't make out enough of the back pad to say much else.

This site has a lot of cougar tracks for you to compare. Good luck, maybe somebody else can help.

By the way, interesting web site you have.

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This is another site I maintain on my site for researcher Rex Gilroy

http://www.internetezy.com.au/~mj129/Mysterious_Australia_Homepage.html

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So no-one knows what it is???..thanks anyway...

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Welcome aboard yowies.
Very interesting articles in your website.
It would have been greatly helpful if there was some sort of size comparison item near the track.
Living in florida I have had the privilage of seeing a real live wild panther in person. Not as large as I imagined them to be but certainly large enough to intimadate me. No mistaking one for a house cat or Bobcat.
The panther I saw left tracks in the sand that were not all that clear. One thing I remember thinking is that the tracks looked so fake and very large for the size of the animal, about the same size as a mans clenched fist. Much larger than a large dog track.
I certainly am not an expert tracker or feline professor but from your picture I'd say you have a cat roaming around. How large I cant tell for the lack of size comparision item.

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The print is 12cms long by 10cms wide.

2 and a half cm's='s 1 inch.

So just under 5 inches long by 4 inches wide if that helps.

Yeah Ive seen leopards and they are smaller than most people realise.

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My dad's been hunting cougar since I was born so I've seen tons of cougar tracks!! And that does look like a cougar track if you even have cougars I don't know but it's definitely a large cat it's hard to tell much more without actually being there if my dad was there in person he'd be able to tell ya about how big it was & everything. Besides a cougar or some other large cat the only other thing it could be is a mutant house cat!! ahhh run away!!

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5 inches X 4 inches.......
Yeah, I'd say that you have a large Cat roaming around.

Thats a little larger than the Panther tracks I have seen and they were in very soft sand which makes em not very clearly defined.

Cougar and Panthers are closely related. In fact the FWC has cross bred Cougars and Panthers and released the offspring into the wild in an effort to bring the Florida Panther back from the brink of extinction.

Get yourself a Game Camera, or Trail monitor camera and set it up in some hotspot. Mabe you'll get a photograph of whatever it is.

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Hi

Here is another photo showing a Mobile Phone for Scale.

http://www.theaustralianyowieresearchcenter.com/grosevale/grosevale_prin...

It would have been greatly helpful if there was some sort of size comparison item near the track.

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Yowies, I enjoyed viewing your site!! I wish I could help you with the cat print but I'm far from an expert... If you figure out your mysterious track, write in, and let us know what type of cat it is. I'm interested!

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Hi

Im leaning towards a Black Melanistic Leopard, as there gentic makeup can cause these type of traits in a print.

Ive now discounted a Puma and almost discounted a Black Jaguar.

Not certain but more than I was when I posted it.

If you figure out your mysterious track, write in, and let us know what type of cat it is. I'm interested!

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