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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.

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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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