It’s winter, and for some of us, that means it’s snow track time! Rick Rosatte of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources photographed tracks of a cougar in the Peterborough Zoo–a huge male weighing more than 200 lbs. Once it was wild in British Columbia. The width of the heel pad is about 65 mm; larger than a typical cougar from southern New Mexico, where the range is 49-65 for an adult male, 45-53 mm for an adult female, and 40-47 mm for an 11-month old cougar.
These tracks are near perfect, unlike most snow tracks, which can be very difficult to identify.
Thanks to Rick for sharing.