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identifying the 'beast of bowland' paw print

northernneilnorthernneil Posts: 1,551
edited January 2011 in The bottom bracket
I was (cough) mountain biking yesterday, and came accross this paw print in the mud.

it was on a part of the trail where you cant walk ( Hully Gully see the vid to see what I mean ) and a long way from any paths so i cant imagine it being a dog.

Any ideas what it could be ?

the 'beast of bowland' ???


  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    medium sized labrador.
  • AggieboyAggieboy Posts: 4,014
    I'd say that the weight of the animal has enlarged the print in the wet mud, and given it a distorted size.

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  • northernneilnorthernneil Posts: 1,551
    hmm I like your thinking Columbo ..
  • I've worked with big cat pugmarks, they are huge compared to this, plus a cat wouldn't leave clawmarks unless it was running hard.

    Nice find, though, I think it's the Gytrash.
  • OlliedaOllieda Posts: 1,010
    616EXBV2FZL._SL500_AA300_.jpg ?
  • gethmetalgethmetal Posts: 208
    I'm inclined to think a Labradog too, or a dog of similar size.
  • MayniacMayniac Posts: 174
    This is not 'Nam, Smokey. This is bowling. There are rules.
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    It does look like a big feline paw print. Certainly in the Highlands there are supposed to be two or three large panther / puma type creatures on the good with decent evidence to prove it. I've heard tales from further south too.

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  • How about several thumb imprints, with a bit of twig for the claws? :lol:
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  • paulorgpaulorg Posts: 168
    Is it a badger?

    We have a black cat up here in West Yorks that allegedly rips up small dogs, bunnies and the like. The local paper brilliantly calls it "Catbeast".
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  • Ya mean ya not seen the 'Beast of Gisburn Forest' yet..then ya a'nt been there when I have...

    Done that route many times....ya got'a hit it 'Hard & Fast'...and thats on my trusty old SCOTT..... and without suspention...alot more fun
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Not enough toes for a badger. In my experience of small felines they tend to keep their claws retracted unless they are trying to get hold of something (like your face for instance)

    Walking our (very well behaved) border collie I see about a billion labrador paw prints a week, some of them up the front of my jacket if the culprit is a bit lively. I'm sure it's that size of dog.
  • bartimaeusbartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    Oh Help! Oh No! It's a Gruffalo!
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