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What do you all think?

Seen a track just like this one all over the place year before last,well now it's back.Course i did'nt hunt this place as much because i was on a Georgia lease.Just cant believe i have'nt gotten it on camera,well yes i can,i cant even get horn's on camera...Ha!...Well i believe it's a cat trac,Big Cat,not no BobCat either...What dew U all think??...Where's my Fla Mod?

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Well, it's tough to tell

Well, it's tough to tell since it's in the sand, and the shape of the tracks doesn't hold very well.  Both bobcat and lion are similar, but most of the time you can see all 4 toes distinctly.  However, in your photo, it almost looks 3-toed.  The middle toes are mushed together.

Definately looks like a cat though.  What was the size of them?  I see the clump of grass, but that's tough to compare it to.  Was this on the Georgia lease, or where you live in Florida?

If it is in Florida, are you in a part of Florida where they have seen panthers/jaguars in the past?  I know that even though rare, they do live down there.

Prett cool!  Like to see what made it.

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It's definitely cat

I agree, it's definitely cat.  Bobcats are a lot more common in Georgia though.  And their paws can flatten out pretty big in soft sand like that.  I'd have to agree with Ca_Vermonster, it really needs a size comparison to make a better guess.

Cool pic though.  Thanks for posting it.

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  The sand definitely makes

 

The sand definitely makes it hard to distinguish but if they are about 2 inches by 2 inches in size then I would too have to say bobcat.  If they are 3 inches by 3 inches or larger then maybe just maybe a Florida Panther - maybe. 

 

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It's a bit hard to tell. I

It's a bit hard to tell. I would need to know the size of the track for a compairison. However based on the picture I would have to say Bobcat. Do you have a population of bigger cats in the area? It would be kind  of neat if it was a pather or something like that.

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Hard to tell

Hard to tell without some sort of size comparison as the others have stated. An adult Panther will have a track about the size of a baseball. The ones I have seen on our Ranch when I was a youngster, around 12, were slightly more oval than those in the pictures and the toes were longer and more of an slender oval shape as well.

We had one treed in a huge live oak one night after all of our horses came thundering up and out of the pasture into the Barnyard/show arena. A call to the local GW and we were informed that there were no panthers this far north and he doubted there were any alive in the state at all. We had a 6-7 foot long cat (tail included), golden colored, much as a yellow lab, with a black face and a mouth full of teeth. It made no sound. Dad wouldn't shoot it though so we left it there and caught up the dogs and went home.

I saw him/her one more time down by the creek one morning when a friend and myself were going squirrel hunting. The cat walked out of the Titi swamp into the fence row and slowly ambled away from us with it's tail swishing side to side. We ran back home and told Dad but we couldn't find it when we went back, only tracks.

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I'm going with a dog. Its too pointed in the front for a cat track. You would be amazed how big a coyote track looks in the sand.

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Well here's the dawg....Funny

Well here's the dawg....Funny look'n dawg ant it....Cat....and it ant no Bobcat....I knew there was one out there...just wish it were a better pic...Still got camera's in area maybe i'll git one....

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  Pretty darn neat!  Looking

 

Pretty darn neat!  Looking forward to another picture.

 

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Innteresting.  Do they have

Innteresting.  Do they have any Ocelot down there?  Body shape looks like one, but there is zero color to it, only brown.  There should be spots for an ocelot, and more color for a bobcat too.

Very odd......

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Cool!  Now you can say pretty

Cool!  Now you can say pretty definitively that it's a lion, alright.  Are you going to hunt it too, or just keep taking trail pics of it?  

Thanks for posting the follow up.