There is about a foot of snow on the ground in the Kansas City area. I was at my son's house on Sunday and decided to go out a side door to get to my car. When I opened the door I noticed some very strange animal tracks. The tracks consisted of a pad print and three toes. They were HUGE! Whatever it was, that critter had some big paws.
I have never seen these sort of tracks before and have been on line researching. The only thing I can find with 3 toes is fowl but birds do not have padded paws, and judging by the size of the pads and toes, there is no way this thing could have been a bird. It would take a bird the size of an emu to leave tracks as big as this. Besides, emus are not native.
My son does not live in KC proper but in a wooded subdivision and I am sure there are lots of wild life around his house.
I thought about bears, looked up bear tracks on line and it wasn't a bear. I looked up mountain lions, and it was not a mountain lion. It wasn't a dog. I do not know what the hell it was but it's got me spooked.
I did not have a camera with me and so cannot post a picture of the paw prints. I was hoping we had hunters or wild life lovers that might can help me out with this.
Any suggestions as to what would leave HUGE 3 toed pad prints in the snow? If so, could you tell me what it's habits are and if it will eat us?