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'Beast of Leeds' prints found in remote woods

Posted on Thursday, 14 January, 2021 | Comment icon 7 comments

What animal does this print belong to ? Image Credit: Facebook / Ian John Platt
Two hunters have been seeking answers after finding unusual footprints in the remote English countryside.
Ian John Platt from the Yorkshire Outdoor Hunters group had been out geocaching with a friend in a secluded stretch of woodland in Leeds, England when they came across something strange - an unidentified set of tracks imprinted in the mud near the River Aire to the south-east of the city.

"We were out looking for a geocache spot close by which we located and has been documented by our Yorkshire Outdoor Hunters Group," said Platt's colleague, who wished to remain anonymous.

"Curiosity led us to the area where we spotted the tracks as we wondered where it led to. The exact location is difficult to access and we were not strictly allowed there."

"My first thoughts when I saw them was this is something big, I have seen deer and badgers in the same spot but deer tracks are easy to spot."
"I had never seen anything like these before hence why we asked if anyone could help identify."

The pair had intended to return to the spot to take accurate measurements of the prints and set up a trail camera, however the river level had risen too much and snow had blanketed the area.

You can check out the full set of photographs in the Facebook post - here.

Source: Leeds Live | Comments (7)

Tags: Beast

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog on 14 January, 2021, 15:40
ehum only one lobe on front of the palm, quite narrow ... look like a dog. Still not a lot of claw visible...maybe a domestic dog with clipped claw ?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 14 January, 2021, 15:54
Yeah canine. The print in the sand is too old to tell but I'd say canine also or Leopard. Edit: I can see cougar in the sand print. So I don't know.
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd on 14 January, 2021, 17:09
I remember only this one 'Beast of Leeds'. Vinnie Jones
Comment icon #4 Posted by TomO' on 14 January, 2021, 21:54
Those are mountain lion (aka cougar, puma etc.) tracks. (according to Hobbes)
Comment icon #5 Posted by the13bats on 14 January, 2021, 23:47
Its hard to say but i lean to K9
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hammerclaw on 16 January, 2021, 11:57
Wow. Two hunters who have never seen Badger tracks before.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nobu on 17 January, 2021, 3:43
Dog. Just a dog. I?ve been in nearly every major forest/jungle in the world. That is a dog. Not even a very large one. They didn?t show a larger picture because the gait would give it away.

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