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  • What kind of footprints are these? (pics)

    I found some very clear tracks in my arena this morning. Not sure what they are but I have never seen them before. They were large and deep:





  • #2
    Dog. https://www.google.com/search?q=dog+...w=1252&bih=912


    • #3
      Really big dog with long nails, or a bear, (just kidding).
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      • #4
        Decent sized doggie. Trotting most likely judging by the pad depth and claw marks...pad lands hard and then rolls forward and claws dig in on push off. Arena sand skews tracks a bit, we tend to use roundish sand grains as footing and they roll easily away from pressure. One regular sand or dirt tracks aren't as deep or as large.

        Although it's a narrow canine paw...anyone around have a dobie or greyhound? Something similar in size? Trying to think of breeds with narrow-ish paws.
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        • #5
          big canine critter.

          (it would help if there was some sort of reference point in the picture, like something of a known size, a quarter or something)


          • #6
            Looks like a dragon to me.
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            • Original Poster

              We were thinking maybe it was the neighbors great dane, but I've never seen him out of their property in 5 years...barely even know he's there.

              The prints were about the size of a baseball.


              • #8
                BIGFOOT !!!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Serigraph View Post
                  We were thinking maybe it was the neighbors great dane, but I've never seen him out of their property in 5 years...barely even know he's there.

                  The prints were about the size of a baseball.

                  that is a really a good size dog critter! I don't think my neighbor 'Beethoven' has feet that big, and he's a Great Pyrenees mutt!


                  • Original Poster

                    Yep, that is why I was not quite sure what it was...huge prints

                    There is a huge mutt type dog that lives nearby, but again I've never seen him on our property. Yesterday morning I did see him (or I though it was him) in the woods in the far distance. He is so big it was hard to tell if it was a dog or deer.


                    • #11
                      I think wolves have big dog like feet. Any sightings near you?


                      • #12
                        great dane could easily have feet that size, but they usually have wide, round feet. Do you have any of the huge coyote-wolf hybrids in your area?


                        • Original Poster

                          Not to my knowledge, but I think I might ask around. The tracks went into the paddock where the horses are and everyone was fine, although they were all riled up for a while.


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                            • #15
                              At first I thought bobcat...

                              ... but then I decided I would agree with a large dog:


                              • #16
                                Definitely canine. I can not tell where you are, so no idea if it is a coyote. Either coyote or domestic canine...


                                • #17

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                                  Your tracks do appear to be dog, or maybe coyote.


                                  • #18
                                    LOL, I knew this pic would come in handy someday ;-) this is my 100+lb GSD tracks in the snow...... next to my not tiny feet!
                                    I think you just had a big dog strolling thru.


                                    • #19
                                      Dangit, someone beat me to chupacabra! But yes, it is a large dog.
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                                      • #20
                                        Looks like a breed of dog (or cross) with flat webbed feet,(the top of the print is round not pointed, and you can see marks of webbing between toes). Feet are some what hairy ( the ground below the heal-pad is pushed down, probably by long leg feathers getting stepped on). The toe nails are over grown. Coyotes and wolves wear their nails down with all the miles they travel. IMO If horses are worried about it, believe the horses. I would catch it or shoot it ASAP.