OT (very!): What critter made these tracks?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Bamford, Edmonton AB on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:04 pm:

I've noticed similar tracks a couple times this week from under and behind my '47 Dodge we have many cats, a few dogs and endless rabbits in our urban neighborhood, but none of those seem to fit the spacing and single line.

Any suggestions?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By James M. Riedy, Sandusky, Ohio on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:09 pm:

Tiny little elfs. Tis the season! Jim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dick Fischer on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:13 pm:

A one-legged rabbit ?

Dick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Seth - Ohio on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:15 pm:

Possible fox track. If you could post a better picture of the foot print it would be helpful.
Fox love rabbits and you stated you have an endless supply but that will change if he gets his way.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Bamford, Edmonton AB on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:27 pm:

James and Dick, now why didn't I think of that?

Dennis although those first responders have very probably nailed it, here is a closeup photo. Unfortunately, there is really no detail in the footfalls...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:33 pm:

I think it's a cat using a pogo stick.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Will Copeland - Trenton, New Jersey on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:43 pm:

Elf on the shelf looking at your car?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Seth - Ohio on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 05:02 pm:

Chris,

Those photos aren't very clear. A fox walks single file and the print is like a small dogs. Fox scat will have some berry seeds, hair from eaten rodents, and will be narrow with pointed ends. (I know more information then requested) but if you see it it will help you identify the creature. Let the fox get all the rabbits he can because they carry disease that can effect you cats. If you have food out for your cats he will eat that too.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Seth - Ohio on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 05:05 pm:

P.S. the fox usually doesn't leave blue rulers behind though.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Seth - Ohio on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 05:11 pm:

P.S.S.

The fox did drop his red lighter after lighting a cigarette shortly after mating.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bud Holzschuh - Panama City, FL on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 05:28 pm:

That's a mugwomp.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Brancaccio - Calgary Alberta on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 05:49 pm:

lol


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 01:02 am:

I saw a cat once that hated to have to run through the snow. It would run on front paws only with the hind end up in the air.
We have a lot of tracks in our snow here. Outdoor domestic cats, lots of deer, fox, squirrel, and one set that looks a little intriguing. A set following almost exactly a deer track all the way around bushes, trees, and about half the yard. Not clear, larger than the deer, wider than the deer, different footpath, no claws, maybe cougar?
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By samuel pine on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 04:55 am:

My vote is for cat. Even now as I type he has to
walk over my pc over the printer, look out the window and back again. His feet track exactly in
the same spots missing wires & phones amazing.
Cats are 100% acrobatic.. Mine thinks he can fly.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 07:30 am:

Judging by the paw print, I think it is some sort of canine. When cats walk, their claws are totally retracted so their claws do not leave a print and the end of their paws are blunt, so the print is egg shaped, whereas, a dog or fox does not have the ability to retract their claws, so the claws leave a print like a teardrop, as shown in your photo. I can't think of anything that walks on its' hind legs, though. Jim Patrick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By James M. Riedy, Sandusky, Ohio on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:32 pm:

In all seriousness could it be a pole cat? I have had a problem with them on three separate occasions this year but none involved snow so am not sure of the tracks. Jim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Charlie B actually in Toms River N.J. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:49 pm:

I don't know what it is exactly but I found these in the back yard this morning. It's a long walk from Edmonton to N.J. ! ( most likely a fox. Their in the area.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Seth - Ohio on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 01:49 pm:

James,

The North American "Pole Cat" is a member of the weasel family which would include the skunk. Their tracks are not in a single file but side by side and about the size of a quarter. Depending on if it is a weasel it may also show signs of a tail drag in the snow. Most skunks keep their tail up when walking. So I do not believe the tracks are from what you are calling a pole cat.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Clipner-Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:03 pm:

Chupacabra ????


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Clipner-Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:04 pm:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kohnke Rebabbitting on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:28 pm:

It's a Fox, 40 years of tracking and countless pelts.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kenneth Swan on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:29 pm:

You boys are all way off base...they are the tracks of Bigfoot that has been eating too much aluminum hydroxide and shrunk!


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