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Re: Help Identifying
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CaughtABuzz wrote:
No mountain lion....I have about 20 pics of bobcats from cams in the last few yrs. It's a good size bobcat but i would put a $100 that is not a mountain lion, look at the tail which is the first give away. Second is the proportion of body parts to size, bobcats appear more square...lastly there appears to be color variance on legs, back etc.


here is a color pic I pulled off google from a similar angle to help explain what I see when I look at this.

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Posted on: 2016/10/31 11:37
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Re: Help Identifying
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CaughtABuzz wrote:
No mountain lion....I have about 20 pics of bobcats from cams in the last few yrs. It's a good size bobcat but i would put a $100 that is not a mountain lion, look at the tail which is the first give away. Second is the proportion of body parts to size, bobcats appear more square...lastly there appears to be color variance on legs, back etc.


here is a color pic I pulled off google from a similar angle to help explain what I see when I look at this.


I see what you are saying but that pic still doesn't really compare....look how long the mountain lion his, the size of the legs/paws and there is nothing to judge the distance of the pic, original you can see that cat is right in front of the cam....also the black you see from your pic is the bottom of the paw that has the black appearance, the original pic has black up it's leg and look how skinny the leg is compared to your pic. The original pic's tail is clearly short at not a weird angle that has it appearance of short. I will put up the pic's I have and I think you will be quick to see that it is a bobcat. Just like the wolf/coyote thread there are many pics that you think it could be....but when you get a wolf or mountain lion there will be little doubt. Were talking about a bobcat that maybe weighs 30,35 pounds compared to a mountain lion that would be 70-200 pounds. At the distance the original cat is to the cam it would be much bigger IMO

Posted on: 2016/10/31 11:53
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Re: Help Identifying
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to me, it looks like the OP's trail camera pic was zoomed in. unless the camera is really poor, I wouldn't think that most aspects of the photo would seem blurry. to me, it looks like the tail is elevated and pointing straight at the camera.

hard to say. I haven't had a ton of time to investigate. I would be curious to see if he gets any more pics of it. If it's a mtn lion, chances are he won't see it again.

Posted on: 2016/10/31 11:58
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Re: Help Identifying
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Bobcat. I used to work with a guy who traps them in the Pine River area. There's some Giants in the area. I'll see if I can find a pic of one he trapped a couple years ago. If I remember rite it weighed 42#'s. It looked huge when he was bear hugging it for the pic.

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Re: Help Identifying
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CaptainCoors wrote:
to me, it looks like the OP's trail camera pic was zoomed in. unless the camera is really poor, I wouldn't think that most aspects of the photo would seem blurry. to me, it looks like the tail is elevated and pointing straight at the camera.

hard to say. I haven't had a ton of time to investigate. I would be curious to see if he gets any more pics of it. If it's a mtn lion, chances are he won't see it again.


Yeah, sorry about the quality of the pic. Its a picture of a picture on zoomed in on a laptop sent to me by a family member. I will have to see if I can get the original picture this coming weekend.

Posted on: 2016/10/31 12:04
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Re: Help Identifying
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MNdrifter wrote:
Bobcat. I used to work with a guy who traps them in the Pine River area. There's some Giants in the area. I'll see if I can find a pic of one he trapped a couple years ago. If I remember rite it weighed 42#'s. It looked huge when he was bear hugging it for the pic.


We typically do see bobcat tracks when there is snow on the ground. Have never personally seen one though. Just started questioning it since my uncle did have a picture of a mountain lion on one of his bear bait stations in nisswa two years ago.

Posted on: 2016/10/31 12:07
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Re: Help Identifying
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bmarcus1 wrote:
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MNdrifter wrote:
Bobcat. I used to work with a guy who traps them in the Pine River area. There's some Giants in the area. I'll see if I can find a pic of one he trapped a couple years ago. If I remember rite it weighed 42#'s. It looked huge when he was bear hugging it for the pic.


We typically do see bobcat tracks when there is snow on the ground. Have never personally seen one though. Just started questioning it since my uncle did have a picture of a mountain lion on one of his bear bait stations in nisswa two years ago.


Mt lions move so much that I don't think having one on cam 2 years ago plays much into this photo. When you do see a mt lion its usually a one time thing and then they are gone never to be seen again. Of course you could have captured 2 different cats on cam 2 years apart.

However do to the fact that there is no visible long tail in the original photo i'd say bobcat. Unless you caught the cat with its tail perfectly straight on to the cam then you should see some evidence of a longer tail if it were a mt lion.

Posted on: 2016/11/1 8:36
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Re: Help Identifying
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Can't help with a mountain lion pic but here's what I have of Bobcats.....lots of resemblance to op's pic if you ask me? Know we have at least one pair that hold tight to our property....been chasing that big Tom for a couple yrs and would love to call him in. Some stated they never see them and all the research I have done shows why, one of the most elusive animals we have in MN

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Re: Help Identifying
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CaughtaBuss,

Nice cat pictures...thanks !

The original poster's pic is of an nice bobcat.

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Re: Help Identifying
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I also think it's a nice bobcat. On a side note, my neighbors have seen a mountain lion 5 times this year. I'm really hoping to get a pic of one. I may have to leave some deer carcass in front of a camera.

Posted on: 2016/11/1 22:50
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