(Cobourg, Ontario, Canada)
On august 14th, 2010 my brother, sister in law and I saw what we thought (at first) were 2 young foxes.
We had just dropped my mom's friend off at her home and it was about 10:00 pm in a relatively new subdivision in Cobourg.
We saw the two animals playing in someone's yard, so we stopped the car to watch them, and that was when we realized they didn't really look as much like foxes as we thought!
They had cat-like tails (rounded tip) and cat-like faces, and the ears were large, but round, and they had smooth coats of fur.
They seemed to be obviously young and were playing together, and they were about the size of full-grown foxes.
They did have black tear-streaks on their faces which foxes do have. We tried to get pictures but cell phone cameras don't work very well in the dark!
We crept up closer in the car until they ran away.
The three of us were pretty sure what we had seen were cats, but googling for the past months since it has happened hasn't provided any info of what we may have seen.
Because we thought they were cats, we immediately thought Lynx or Cougar, but they definately weren't Lynx and they didn't look much like Cougars either (colour & texture of fur & tail was right - but bigger ears and longer legs).
I still wonder what I saw. I know they weren't foxes, we got really close to them, but I have reduced myself to saying "they were probably foxes" when talking about it because everyone rolls their eyes when I try to say that I think I saw something else.
A few weeks after we saw them, I was flipping through the paper with my husband and someone had submitted a picture of an animal that they saw in Madoc that they were unable to identify. It looked like what we saw, but bigger.
The picture-taker described it as being bigger than a fox with short hair and a cat-like face, so I contacted the paper and wrote to them to say I had seen a similar animal in Cobourg but didn't hear back.
I would have liked to get in touch with the person who took the picture!
Thanks for your report, Jen, I wonder what the mystery animal was? If anyone reading this has seen this animal or knows what it could be, please write and let us know!