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A paw print in the snow shows uneven spacing of the toes and partial overlapping, which is typical for cougars. Contributed photo.

Was late-night Alexandria prowler a cougar?

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When Rick Jones of Alexandria stepped outside his house at 5:30 a.m. on March 3, he noticed a set of animal tracks in the newly fallen snow right off his front steps.


He noticed their unusual shape and how closely the paws were set together on each set of prints.

And then he noticed the gait - how the hind foot landed ahead of the front foot and the long gap between each set of prints.

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