Strange track?

JIMBO

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Last night something was in the yard. It dug up my dog that has been buried since last winter and was about 2 feet down. Whatever it is was large enough to shred through the blanket she was wrapped in. a road kill deer just up the street was also torn up. Next door there dog was barking up a storm last night. And the horses were kicking there stalls and making a commotion for quite a while.
The only thing I could find was a partial track in leaf covered sand 4 toes about 4†from across total and a long narrow back pad. Anyone have any ideas what mite do this? I am near bass river state park and there is a lot of undeveloped land around here
 

JIMBO

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I spoke to a local hunter and trapper and he said it was probably coyotes. There is a pack of 8 of them or so. They are really raising heck around here with the horses. He asked all around and no bears yet but it won’t be long.
 

bobpbx

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Jimbo,

Somthing dug 2 feet down to reach a dog wrapped in a blanket that had been buried the past winter?

I'd move. I think its a werewolf.
 

manumuskin

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4 inches across would normally be too big for a coyote.thats more wolf and dog size.we have no wolves here to my knowledge so I"d say it"s a big dog except our coyotes are larger then average here.I"ve seen coyotes up close I know were a good 70 lbs.I wasn"t in a good track area but I bet he coulda left good 4 inch tracks.Most dogs are lazy unless really hungry.I think you either have a coyote ( a large one to be sure) or a very hungry dog.most dogs woulda dug a little and left.Coyote pads tend to be more three lobed on the heel pad then dogs.dogs are more triangular.Put out some bait over a tracking box and take pics and post em I might be able to give you a better answer.
Al
 

JIMBO

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The track was in the sand but in an area covered with pine needles not the best spot for tracks it could have been 2 tracks on top of each other.