Help identify these tracks please...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by The Sheriff, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    My pair of geese would not come out of the pond into their shelter last night. At four a.m. I heard commotion and ran outside but it was too late. My female goose was gone and my male was hysterical. All we could find when daylight came were a few feathers and some tracks in the mud. We just moved here a few weeks ago but have been told by neighbors that we have coyote, raccoons, fox, mountain lions, and bobcats. My neighbor lost three 150lb sheep in one week last month. Here are the tracks with a quarter for size comparison. Any help would be appreciated. We are devastated so and I feel responsible but I can't swim out into a 14 ft deep pond at midnight and drag two stubborn geese to safety. I am re-homing the gander asap.

    Here is the pond at daybreak:


    Here is where I think the attack occurred. There was nothing left behind, no blood, no remains, just a few feathers.


    Here are pics of the tracks in the mud:



  2. Moabite

    Moabite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2010
    I'm guessing a canine of some sort (coyote, fox, domestic dog).
  3. babyblue

    babyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2009
    the one shot I see claws, the first I see claws retracted. aren't cats the only ones that can retract claws?
  4. neenerbutt92

    neenerbutt92 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2010
    Looks as though it was a bob cat. Sorry about your goose! [​IMG]
  5. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    That first one looks like some kind of large cat, but I am not sure about the other two. A bobcat or coyote would be a good guess. Sorry about your goose. [​IMG]
  6. annageckos

    annageckos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    SE PA / NJ
    A canine you should see claw marks clearly, especially in the mud. The one photo it looks like there may be a claw or two showing, but it looks really thin, more like a cats. The over all print looks more like a bobcat.
  7. CarolAnn

    CarolAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2010
    I'd saw bobcat or mountain lion. Sure sorry you lost your goose.
  8. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Here's a bobcat print:

    Coyote print:
  9. slackwater

    slackwater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2010
    bobcat. so sorry for your loss [​IMG]
  10. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    I guess Bobcat too.. I am so sorry for your loss its always the ones you really like [​IMG]

    Ryan [​IMG]

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