Mountain lion has an animal in its mouth. What is it?

People are trying to figure out what animal this mountain lion has in its mouth. It is a nighttime kill captured on a camera trap. The quality is poor hence the difficulty in deciding what the animal is. I have lightened the photograph to try and provide more information. The photo was taken on 12th September 2020 at 20:58 and the temperature was 11 degrees Celsius or 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mountain lion has an animal in its mouth. What is it?
 Mountain lion has an animal in its mouth. What is it? Credit see below.

The guesses on Facebook are:

  • Ringtailed cat
  • Large boar raccoon
  • Goat
  • What about a bobcat? - My suggestion

It is about the right size for a bobcat and pumas are known to kill bobcats. The photo was taken in Terrell County, Texas, USA and is provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife - Trans-Pecos Wildlife District.

They say that Borderlands Research Institute has identified at least 14 different prey animals in the diet of West Texas mountain lions. Here is the FB post. These sometimes stop working please note. If it has stopped - sorry!

Lions are opportunistic, preying on a wide range of animals. Work conducted by Borderlands Research Institute...

Posted by Texas Parks and Wildlife - Trans-Pecos Wildlife District on Thursday, January 14, 2021

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