bugger! Just lost a post
Short version - Beast of Exmoor - Dartmoor - Bodmin moor - Yorkshire wild and windy Moors - *insert vast expanse of grotty grassland/heath*
Moor (if they have free-roaming sheep/cattle anyway)
Pawprints - Pah! mostly in mud which is a highly UN
reliable carrier as most people don't know big dogprints from big catprints and they squidge around in the mud anyway so the animal's not that big to start off with - have you seen the size of Chris's hound...?
The other type of spoor - How many people do you think are able to accurately identify Puma Poo...? Are there night classes in this somewhere?
It's the aliens I'm telling ya! They love mutton!
Allegedly true zoo factoid
My Dad used to make signs for a Wildlife Park (Sparkwell/Dartmoor) and got friendly with some of the keepers who 'said'
that they often found both types of spoor (and I'm assuming being keepers they could at least recognise Puma Poo by smell if not eyeballing...
) outside and a little way away from the compounds, usually when the females were on heat. But none of their pumas were missing...
I have an interesting theory about this - part of the Puma's mating customs involves poo-chucking? No?
OK how about this one - they practise a very arcane form of erotic ventriloquism (only they 'throw' their pawprints not their voices...)
Of course what really happens is they simply jump the fence (it's amazing how high a body packed with athlete's muscles and claws like sickles can jump when they fancy a bit of nookie) and then, being cats and knowing a cushy billet when they find one, they jump back in come breakfast time...