Just came across these tracks and am wondering if they are cougar tracks. We were following coyote tracks along a stream and along where where deer take advantage of spilled grain. These are both the same track.
First off welcome to BGH, always nice to meet new folks on the site. From what I know and see it looks to be a lion track but I am no expert. I see no nail/claw marks and the print clearly shows the 4 toes and a lead toe. The size is a bit misleading but that is due to the soft soil and looks as if the cat's paw slipped in the wet mud. Below is a text book answer to what a lion track is.
Mountain lion tracks are generally round with a diameter from 2.75 to 3.75 inches. They show four toes, normally without claws. Their tracks are asymmetrical with a leading toe, which allows left and right tracks to be differentiated. Mountain lion tracks have a large, m-shaped (or trapezoid-shaped) palm pad, which has two lobes towards the front of the pad and three lobes towards the back of the pad. Front tracks are generally larger, wider, and more asymmetrical than hind tracks.
I often use fresh earth dryer sheets while drying my clothes, after washing them in scent free soap. At some point I started putting these dryer sheets in the plastic tubs that I store my hunting clothes in. This seems to work very will. Anytime I pull my clothes out of the box they reek of fresh earth.
I'm too tight to be buying a bunch of scent loc, which I don't believe in. So this is a good and cheap alternative. I like it so much I even toss one in my backpack to help cover the...