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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.

Snow track PHOTO of adult male in Peterborough Zoo by Rosatte Nov 2008

Snow track PHOTO of adult male in Peterborough Zoo by Rosatte Nov 2008

Snow track PHOTO of adult male in Peterborough Zoo with comments, Nov 2008

Snow track PHOTO of adult male in Peterborough Zoo with comments, Nov 2008

Snow track PHOTO of adult male in Peterborough Zoo--negative image Nov 2008

Snow track PHOTO of adult male in Peterborough Zoo--negative image Nov 2008

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