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Guess that animal

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by FLAvalanche, Oct 20, 2010.

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  1. FLAvalanche

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    Seeing as everyone is putting up game camera pics I decided to dig one out of the archives.

    Bobcat? Panther? Chubacabra?

    For reference, the salt lick it's creeping up on is a 50 lb. salt block that is almost 12" tall.
     

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  2. shaggy430

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    It is Scuzzlebutt. I can see the Patrick Duffy leg.
     
  3. wankerjake

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    I think it's a weird picture of a bobcat. Cat, and looks like bobcat markings on the inner leg. Looks like a short tail.
     
  4. jimmyraythomason

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    I blew it up 400% and agree with wankerjake. Bobcat.
     
  5. Cosmoline

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    Moving like a cat, that's for sure. And it's head is too small in relation to its body to be a little domestic cat.
     
  6. FLAvalanche

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    It's not domestic. Like I said, that salt block is almost 12" tall. That would be one BIG domestic cat.
     
  7. A and O

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    Bobcat for certain. They are more common here than domestic cats because they tend to eat the domestic cats. Yeah, I live in a food chain kinda town.
     
  8. CoRoMo

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    Wolverine?
    Aardvark?

    I can't see a whole heckava lot of that thing.
     
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    bob cat for 500 alex
     
  10. Russ Jackson

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    Badger?...Russ
     
  11. azar

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    The body build is wrong to be a bobcat. Plus, the critter looks too large and the fur is too fine looking, not shaggy enough. I'm no expert but I'd say it's a juvenile mountain lion. To me, it looks like the tail wraps wraps around the right leg and comes up along side the animal. Plus, mountain lions have tail and leg markings in their youth. The tail rings disappear around 9 months and the leg markings disappear after about 2 1/2 years. Which to me says, this is a juvenile mountain lion less than 2 1/2 years old.

    "Mountain lion kittens are born buff, spotted with black, and with dark rings on their tails and legs. Spots fade to light brown by 9 months of age and completely disappear by 18 months of age. Tail rings usually disappear by 9 months. Leg bars remain until about 2.5 years of age. Each of these markings can provide clues to a mountain lion’s age."

    From http://www.mdc.missouri.gov/discover-nature/wildlife-sightings/mountain-lions/description-signs
     
  12. jimmyraythomason

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    In the blown up pic the bobcat's tail is around the backside of the animal(2 of the rings are visible). As to the hair being too smooth,this is a warm climate,animal hair IS much less shaggy than in cooler climes
     
  13. wankerjake

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    I think it's taking a step and that's the foot you see. I don't know it looks like I can see the short tail in its entirety with a black tip, which looks like a bobcat tail...
    It's in an awkward stance, the hind end is raised a bit I think it was taking a step and the camera just had trouble with it so it's blurry and the shape distorted. It's a good sized bobcat, but I'm pretty sure it's a bobcat that the camera just had trouble capturing.
     
  14. FLAvalanche

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    When I first started showing this picture to friends they were split down the middle. Half thought it was an extremely large bobcat, other figured it was a juvenile panther (this is Florida).

    I'm split down the middle myself. To me, the leg markings scream juvie panther, however I don't see the tail wrapping around its right side. I see it caught mid-stride with its right hind leg in the air.

    If that's not its tail it's a bobcat but then why doesn't it have the markings down the sides? And that thing is huge by bobcat standards in any section of the U.S.

    If it's a panther where is it's tail? That could be its tail it might be its leg. It's hard to tell and I wish I had higher resolution cameras.

    Here is a bobcat for comparison which probably won't help decide.
     

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    I still say wolverine.

    But maybe Cyclops, Iceman, or Professor Xavier himself. You never know. Definitely not the Silver Surfer.
     
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    The magnified pic clearly shows the tail curling to the other side of the cat. There are 3 rings instead of 2 visible on the tail. What appears to be a long tail in front of the cat is the right leg in motion. Click on the pic then look in the lower right of the computer screen(at least that is where it is on mine) find the magnifying glass and click on the highest magnification,400% on mine. Many of the animal's details will become evident.
     
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    I'm with azar. It is a florida panther. The proportions are wrong for it to be a bobcat. Compare the two photos posted. A bobcat is not as long from shoulder to rump as the mystery cat.
     
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    Here it is cropped and blown up a bit; if the block is 1' high, then about 2' at the shoulder is a big bobcat; but the juvenile puma argument is just as valid. Need more resolution...
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    i'm going with Werecat.
     
  19. FLAvalanche

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    With that picture blown up I'm going to have to go with big bobcat.

    Now you can see the markings on the legs and on its head between its eyes.

    Or this is what you get when a bobcat and panther mate.
     
  20. Justin Holder

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    There is no doubt, it is a bobcat.
     
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    I'm with Justin on this. The head/face say BOBCAT. The body however is not saying that so clearly to me. In my area Bobcats and mountain Lions are seen commonly. I have to leave it as a Bobcat.
     
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    there is no doubt its a bobcat! look at the markings on the inner leg like many ppl have already said. In some trail cams pictures can get distorted but they markings are a sure give a way for a bobcat. Plus you can see the same marking on its SHORT tail.
     
  23. FLAvalanche

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    So I took the blown up picture desidog put up and adjusted some of the levels. The markings on it's side are more apparent now. I'm red-green color blind so I couldn't see them until I adjusted the levels of the picture.

    Definately a bobcat.

    Stand by. I have another one coming...
     

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    Yeah, the Florida bobcat (L. rufus floridanus) doesn't have the pronounced markings found on other cats. The spots are rather subdued.
     

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  25. FLAvalanche

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    This one's definately a Chupacabra.
     

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