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Old May 31st, 2020, 12:43 AM #1
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Wolves in Pendleton Co WV ?

I know I'm opening myself to all the Chupacabra , etc jokes , but serious question , any confirmed wolves in that part of WV .

Item #1 - While hiking with Littlefoot44 , saw a track the size of a Big dog . ( Took picture with a quarter next to it , but due to the lighting didn't show Sufficient detail in cell phone pic) . Was this a Super Jumbo Coyote ? A feral dog ?

Item #2 - Hiking past a beef farm 2/3 way up the mountain , it has posted USDA signs warning of traps and cyanide used by Gov't Hunters . I know in the modern era , cyanide isn't taken lightly , and would seem to imply a major predator problem at that specific farm .
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Are you sure it wasn't a cat?
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Coyotes more likely, some of them are hybridized.
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Google brings up the difference in paw prints. Wolf has two lobes and different toe orientation than mountain lion.

I'd be interested to see a comparison of your print versus either of those.

My brother at one time did report bobcat up on Mt. Storm.
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Google brings up the difference in paw prints. Wolf has two lobes and different toe orientation than mountain lion.

I'd be interested to see a comparison of your print versus either of those.

My brother at one time did report bobcat up on Mt. Storm.
Bobcats are all over the U.S. are you maybe thinking of mountain lion?
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Google brings up the difference in paw prints. Wolf has two lobes and different toe orientation than mountain lion.

I'd be interested to see a comparison of your print versus either of those.

My brother at one time did report bobcat up on Mt. Storm.
Also look for claw imprints. Cats don't show claw marks when they walk.
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Google brings up the difference in paw prints. Wolf has two lobes and different toe orientation than mountain lion.

I'd be interested to see a comparison of your print versus either of those.

My brother at one time did report bobcat up on Mt. Storm.
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Also look for claw imprints. Cats don't show claw marks when they walk.
This one is from the Undisclosed Location (tm) down south of Pendleton in 2011.
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arrrrrgh ! I had enlarged it on screen to try to make size comparison to the Quarter in the picture to estimate size, and I somehow hit the erase button accidentally .

But at that point, it matched the CAT track in Bullfrogs post above . The width was 4-5 Quarters ( 0.25 coin)

So does that sugguest a Bobcat, or ??
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arrrrrgh ! I had enlarged it on screen to try to make size comparison to the Quarter in the picture to estimate size, and I somehow hit the erase button accidentally .

But at that point, it matched the CAT track in Bullfrogs post above . The width was 4-5 Quarters ( 0.25 coin)

So does that sugguest a Bobcat, or ??
Goggle says a quarter is .955" in diameter.. so 4-5 quarters would be between 3.8" and 4.7"...

Judging by this graphic from a MI DNR web page... that is way too big to be a bobcat, and exactly the right size to be a cougar.

Might want to stock up on Chardonnay or wine coolers.

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,...6656--,00.html
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Yes!!!! I just saw the same Michigan DNR website , and just got off the phone with Littlefoot44 telling her to measure the diameter of a Quater .

I SAW AN ADULT COUGAR TRACK IN PENDLEON WV !!!!!!

They're REAL, and they here !!!!!!!!!!!!
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