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Mystery Paw Prints In Long Grove, IA

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:13 PM

Large paw prints, with some sizable claws, have shown up on church property in Long Grove, IA. The maintenance manager with St. Ann's Parish noticed the prints yesterday and is now investigating their origin.

"I noticed the huge claws, the big pads," said Dwight Gittings. Gittings was taking out the garbage on Tuesday when he noticed some unique prints in his freshly planted grass seed.

http://www.kwqc.com/...n-long-grove-ia

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:37 PM

In  August they found a mountain lion  near  a Des  Moines School playground.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:51 PM

Could very well be a mountain lion...the casting looks rather cat like IMO.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:52 PM

From what I can see if it, it appears to be a large dog print. Probably it was walking across some clay-like mud and the claws dug in deep as the animal moved forward.

EDIT: It would seem to me that a cougar claw would be more narrow then what is seen in the cast.

Edited by DieChecker, 13 October 2013 - 08:56 PM.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:55 PM

View PostDieChecker, on 13 October 2013 - 08:52 PM, said:

From what I can see if it, it appears to be a large dog print. Probably it was walking across some clay-like mud and the claws dug in deep as the animal moved forward.

Strangely that was my first impression too

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:05 PM

Bigfoot.


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:19 PM

The DNR also said large dog print. The discoverer said they are too big for a dog.
Although some dog breeds do get pretty big, what about wolf? Long Grove is a bit far from known wolf territory in Wisconsin, but... they've bad a big comeback in Wisconsin and are spreading.

Today’s DNR estimate of between 626 and 662 is up 14 percent from last year’s. There are some 162 packs spread out across the northern and central parts of the state[Wisconsin], and as many as 200 cubs may be born this year. Though many of them will die, enough will likely survive to continue growth.

The data have also taught ecologists a lot about what wolf habitat looks like.

“We used to think that wolves needed real wilderness areas to survive,” Mladenoff says. “But that’s not true. All they needed was a place where there’s enough prey (which in the Midwest would be white-tailed deer) and where people wouldn’t kill them, either deliberately or accidentally. Then they can get by almost anywhere.”

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 10:26 PM

View PostDieChecker, on 13 October 2013 - 08:52 PM, said:


EDIT: It would seem to me that a cougar claw would be more narrow then what is seen in the cast.

I just looked at the claws again and I think you're probably right...they look a bit too thick for a cat. Hmm...a large wolf perhaps?

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 02:08 AM

Have you seen the paw pring of a Great Dane??

There are lots of large breeds with feet as big as that cast. IMHO....

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 02:24 AM

Woof! That's a big dog.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:31 AM

View PostDieChecker, on 14 October 2013 - 02:08 AM, said:

Have you seen the paw pring of a Great Dane??

There are lots of large breeds with feet as big as that cast. IMHO....


My sister had a  well over 100 lb German Shepherd. He was huge, pure black and gorgeous. He could lay his head on the dining room table. I'm sure he'd have left some impressive tracks.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:39 AM

They do look more dog-ish than anything else.....and as it was mentioned earlier, cats, all cats, retract their claws when they walk.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:52 AM

regardless of what it is,those are some big ass claws.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:57 AM

Woof woof.

He said the tracks were in soft ground he had just seeded for grass.  In my experience, soft ground has a tendency to make prints look a little larger than normal.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:32 AM

Cheetahs are the only cat that does not retract their claws, and I think these are too small for a cheetah. :w00t:

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