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Posted by pinellaspascoparanormal on August 10, 2011 at 10:55 PM

  Okay folks our stealth camera got this photo of a large brown animal ,half in and half out of the underbrush and vines. It's face is in the lower left, visable through and under the brush, and there is either a tail or a blurred butt, partially concealed by the bushes. The animal has a bear like face and head, but there are no bears in this part of Florida and have not been for over 55 years. It could be a very big dog, a weird brown pig, or something else. Whatever it is, it is very big because the bush segment it is in is about four and a half  feet  high. What do you think it is and why? I thought it was an interesting wildlife photo, so I am sharing it here for everyone to give their opinion. Here is this photo cropped and enlarged, then the photo normal view and the next frame, taken a minute after and the creature is gone from view. The strange thing is that the camera anlge has changed as if something moved it, ever so slightly. This I know because the silver camper on the right is visible in one frame and not in the next? Who knows? Tell us what you think our mystery visitor is here.


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16 Comments

Reply lorelei
11:54 PM on August 10, 2011 
Hard to tell what it is, but could be a panther. There are quite a few in the area.
Reply Dina
1:01 AM on August 11, 2011 
ground hog or possible badger? maybe even a wild pig?
Reply Mariah de la Croix
1:47 AM on August 11, 2011 
Hi Laurie,
My first impression, especially with the clearer version in the 2nd photo, is a fox. The head shape is right and the other end could be the tail. Some do get pretty big and many are have a dark phase to them - plus they love to jump in and out of clumps of brush.
Thanks for posting this. It's a beautiful area.
Mariah
Reply Laurie Champion
11:35 AM on August 11, 2011 
Well when you zoom in on what appears to be the head and snout, my first thought was that it looked like a bear. But this area has no bears and has not had them for decades. The thing in the back looks like it could be a tail, or a portion of the body obscured by the brush hedge. I ruled out the fox because the color is all wrong for the Florida foxes, most of which are light colored and have white sections on the face and muzzle. The white would have stuck out to be visible has it been a fox. The color is wrong for a panther too, and so is the snout and or nose. To me it looks like possibly a large dog? It is too big to be a beaver, a ground hog, or any small animal lie that. Judging from the size of the hedge it is entering it has to be very tall and seems to have it's head to the ground as if crawling underneath the brush for cover or to forage. The boars and pigs out here are mostly black and do not have this much fur, they have a coarse hair that does not appear like a furry coat like this.I wish the photo had been more clear, but these trail cams are not known for high resolution. Whatever it is, it is partially obscured by the brush and vine stand, so I am at a loss on this one. It does have a rich brown color, and appears to be good size, I just wish I could see the rest of the body that is hidden by the brush. I could be totally wrong in my perception of the body parts of this animal as I can only see portions of a large brown creature, due to the brush it is entering or hiding in.
Reply Shawn
3:19 PM on August 11, 2011 
Looking at the before and after photo does reveal a clue worth mentioning; the bush itself appears to be unchanged. This would imply that whatever it was, it was 'over' the bush, not in it. Looking closely at the cropped image here, I believe it's very possible you caught two birds in flight. The shape and colors are very similar. I believe the snout effect is a bit of matrixing between the bird and the bush, and relied on the fact that the bush did not change from one shot to the next to support it. I can't address the camera movement, (maybe the bird bumped it, LOL), but that's what the clues are telling me.
Reply Laurie Champion
3:23 PM on August 11, 2011 
Thanks Shawn for your input here. I like to get many people's perspectives with photos because you can make so many different things out of what you see. I thought at first it was a bird also but then I saw the head shape underneath and a shiny black nose in the brush, so I started to wonder about it.
Reply james / ghostriderjimc
5:07 PM on August 11, 2011 
Looks to me like you have a bear in your area now. My wife and i both are pritty sure we see a bear moving and causing it to blur in the shot. About a month ago we were camping at Hillsbourgh River State Park and the game warden was telling everyone to watch out , that some bears have moved into the areas now and some have been spotted at the camp site.
Reply Boston George
10:56 PM on August 11, 2011 
looks like butterflies to me its a tough one....sorry Laurie i am no help
Reply Laurie Champion
1:13 AM on August 12, 2011 
james / ghostriderjimc says...
Looks to me like you have a bear in your area now. My wife and i both are pritty sure we see a bear moving and causing it to blur in the shot. About a month ago we were camping at Hillsbourgh River State Park and the game warden was telling everyone to watch out , that some bears have moved into the areas now and some have been spotted at the camp site.

Wow jIM, THANKS. i WAS WAITING FOR YOUR COMMENT AS i KNOW YOU ARE GOOD AND KNOW ALL THE WILD LIFE HERE. i THOUGHT i WAS CRACKING UP BECAUSE TO ME IT LOOKS LIKE A BEAR TOO AND i KNOW THERE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ANY IN THE AREA. THANKS jIM
Reply Ceridwen999
8:41 AM on August 14, 2011 
This is certainly an odd picture. I don't make out much of anything except for the dark spots and the one in the rear does appear to be hovering over the bush, although that could be illusion. It is possible it could be a bear. Animal populations are moving increasingly often into areas where they would never normally have gone due to heat. Vampire bats are moving northward from places like Cuba and there was recently a confirmed death due to a vampire bat bite in I think Louisiana. These bats often have rabies and they do like to feed on blood. So they hone in on warm prey that can feed them and swoop in for a bite. If it's a rabid bat you are in a lot of trouble. North America's insect eating bats are quickly disappearing and vampire bats are taking over. That's just one example of how species of animals are changing their habits and homelands. I wouldn't dicount there being bears anywhere in the country.
Reply Pinellaspasco
12:15 AM on August 19, 2011 
[Ceridwen999]
Yes cerridwen I think it is a bear also and I have a very in the know friend who says it is a bear as well. I will find out as I will set a food bait by the camera and see if I can lure him back to it for a better picture.
Reply Jen
7:02 AM on August 24, 2011 
Elemental
Reply Pinellaspasco
11:46 PM on August 24, 2011 
Jen says...
Elemental

Well Jen in this area that would not even surprise me at all. LOL
Reply Jen
7:42 PM on August 30, 2011 
Really - I think it tis a salamander type elemental......who summons elementals here? Is this by the cemetery with the "follow me?"
Reply pinellaspascoparanormal
10:47 PM on October 13, 2011 
Jen says...
Really - I think it tis a salamander type elemental......who summons elementals here? Is this by the cemetery with the "follow me?"

NO Jen, it is not by the cemetery. I feel this is just a bear, and no more than that.
Reply Desirae
5:03 AM on April 19, 2013 
Dude, those are bats. How can you guys mistake it? there flying over the bush, sometimes they come out during the day, usualy spooked by loud noises, or some other animal, or maybe a big juicy mouth was flying really close to them, and they decided to chaise it.