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Curious Pawprint Found in Willistown Yard [UPDATE]

The animal track was found near Fox Chase Road, just east of White Manor Country Club.

Update 2/19/13 9pm: Willistown Police received word from the state game commission that the print belongs to a "large domestic animal, such as a dog." So that settles that.

Original story continues below.

A Willistown resident sent in the above photograph of an unusual animal track she found in her yard off Hillview Road.

Luisa Melo, who discovered the print, wondered if it might be from a bear or coyote, or another type of animal, and said she's found unusual droppings in her yard lately too.

Willistown Police photographed the print and sent the photo to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, she said.

hey becca February 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM
bear or panther?
Bil Longua February 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM
It's a dog print. Most likely from a large breed.
Kristin Thomas February 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM
looks like a bear to me
Jeffrey Wahl February 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I have noticed quite a few cougars prowling through the Paoli Shopping Center. I'd suggest it's probably one of those cougars.
K. Lee February 18, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Well, it was over here at Sugartown Elementary this week. My Husband was walking our Rottie and came home and asked me if I knew what it might be.
Robina February 18, 2013 at 01:32 PM
I don't think a bear, they have five toes. Probably a large dog, coyote or cougar.
Susan February 18, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I looked at a pawprint guide... A big dog/Coyote/bobcat all look similiar but the dimensions in the guide were a LOT smaller for the coyote and bobcat than the one in the photo.
carl morey February 18, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Might be a Large Dog, or minght not be an animal print at all; not a deer or bear, , not bobcat, too big, looks too big for cougar or wild animal. Rain and weather might have distorted the size and print. Done A Lot of Mountain Hunting, thats my guess! Adirondack Guy.
Tom February 18, 2013 at 04:45 PM
The one I saw was in the snow, but it was on top of the snow. My rottie paws crashed right thru the remaining snow. I thought it was two sets one small one about 2 inches in diameter, at least that is my best guess. They were just in one spot, in a haphazard pattern, maybe trying to catch something. No tracks in or out. I thought it might be a gray fox. I have seen them In the area.
Kathy February 18, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Bobcat and cougar would not leave claw marks. Large dog most likely.
AuntieRuth February 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Looks to me like several deer prints stomped on top of one another.
hey becca February 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM
spotted or solid color coated? lol
Scargosun February 21, 2013 at 03:09 PM
A coyote print will be much smaller than a large dog. There are a TON of large breed dogs in Willistown Township and some people...ahem...think that letting they dogs roam is just fine.
Michael J. Salek February 21, 2013 at 04:40 PM
best post of the string, so far, Jeff.

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