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The Devils Footprints?

Observed: 5th February 2012 By: John. H
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The Devils Footprints?
Hi
Woke up this morning to find all of these footprints in the snow outside in my back garden. The curious thing to me was that they all appear to be in (more or less) a straight line.
In the second photograph he comes up to the back door, circles and goes back down the garden.
I can only think that they must be from a Fox but as you can see they originate from quite a high back garden gate and were are his other two foot prints on the other side (was he hoping round the garden)?
I would be interested in your comments.
Thanks
John

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bobthebirder's picture

footprints

Or most likely a domestic cat. So the original ID, the Devil's footprints, is correct considering how much of our birdlife these animals account for.

Bob Ford

Refugee's picture

Domestic cat

I put domestic cat in and get recommended changed the common name without warning!
They are destructive. I have observed them ripping seedlings out of a vegetable garden. The only solution was a cattle fence unit with the power slightly reduced. Anything else either washes away or is not there all the time. Also no complaints about vet bills from neighbors.

Refugee

the naturalist man's picture

Cat print

Cats walk by placing their feet in a straight line. The close up resembles a fox because of the X mark in the middle but it is an illusion as it is only a partial print due to being in snow. The print is also far too circular for fox but perfect for cat.

Graham Banwell

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Refugee's picture

Prints

I am pretty sure they put there back feet on the prints of the front feet. This is consistent with the prints left by the one we have excluded from our vegetable plot. It still keeps climbing over the fence and walking along the path for some reason.

Refugee