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Old 04-12-2018, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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I got this last night on my game camera. Does this look like a mountain lion or bobcat to you?

The date on the camera was wrong which is why it's showing 4/3.


For size comparison, here is a fox
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I got this last night on my game camera. Does this look like a mountain lion or bobcat to you?

The date on the camera was wrong which is why it's showing 4/3.


For size comparison, here is a fox
and this really scares me. Our little doggy went wild last night about 1am. Hubby ended up letting her out cause she just wouldn't stop barking. Whatever she was after was helpless, probably some little creature or a deer. We do not live in an area as remote as you, but I still worry myself sick. I don't blame him for letting her out, she would not shut up. But still we both were afraid something would grab her and make her thier midnight snack.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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Nita, I have two small housedogs too and I don't let them out on their own unless I'm standing beside them.

This game camera is on the hill which is my front yard, rather close to our house, although we do border Nt'l forestland on two sides of the property.

To me, it looks like a cougar (mountain lion) but someone else swears it's a bobcat. I've seen bobcats around, I even have one mounted in my living room, it does not look like that nor is it anywhere near that big. Most of the bobcats are also much darker with heavy spotting on their fur.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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Bobcat
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:15 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Bobcat

Yep, bobcat. Body too short for a cougar.
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:27 PM
 
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Seems to be a really large bobcat.
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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Seems to be a really large bobcat.
What makes you think this?

I've seen many bobcats around here, they aren't much bigger than a housecat and they tend to be dark shaded with spots. The faces are furry, but more house cat looking. I just don't see bobcat when I look at the picture. The body also looks fairly long to me. The face, the broad jawline, the shape of the head and body, the color, and the size also tells me cougar rather than bobcat.

Are most of you saying bobcat because the tail isn't obvious?

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Old 04-13-2018, 02:53 PM
 
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Cougars usually have powerful hind quarters in proportion to the rest of their bodies.. See these for example.

Compare to these pics of bobcats, which look more like what you captured.
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Old 04-13-2018, 03:18 PM
 
Location: San Diego / NWA
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Really hard to say with that picture. I definitely see mountain lion shape in that picture.

With that being said on a dusk hike in San Diego, we saw a very big bobcat right in front of us that was bigger than I thought they got.

I think maybe a new trail cam is in order for your birthday.
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Old 04-13-2018, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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Really hard to say with that picture. I definitely see mountain lion shape in that picture.

With that being said on a dusk hike in San Diego, we saw a very big bobcat right in front of us that was bigger than I thought they got.

I think maybe a new trail cam is in order for your birthday.
That's a part of our front yard (which is a hillside) that we often seen wildlife use as a trail. I put the camera in the best spot but it's still 25-30' from where the cat is. The pic I put on here is slightly zoomed in which does make it a little more pixelated. If only it were a few feet closer, the quality would've been much better. I've now set the camera to take 10 second video rather than pictures. However, getting it again would probably be similar to being struck by lightening twice.
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