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.
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...