Track pics thread

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  1. Bad Little Falls

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    This was back a few weeks ago during the last few days of deer season. He really wanted to get some place, things to do and does to see.
     
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    Sorry I don't have something for scale in this picture. Anyone want to guess what it is before I say? (edit: River Otter)
    There is an indentation of a pointy Popsicle stick in the upper right for scale. Found on a creek bank in central Texas.
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  3. kronin323

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    I'm gonna vote for a large raccoon. I'm assuming we're limiting the choices to fauna native to the area.
     
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  5. Swineflu

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    Based on your profile this pic was probably taken within an hours drive from your house. It is not a raccoon and it might be an animal you didn't realize lived around here (a lot of folks are surprised we have them).

    BTW I am not a tracking expert, I have just started my studies and saw this track for the first time last weekend!
     
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    Are you saying it's a river otter? If so, you're right, I'm surprised. How are you sure?
     
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    On the track of interior Grizzly !
     
  8. Swineflu

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    It is a river otter! I'm sure for several reasons 1) it look like a river otter 2) there were lots of other tracks 3) there was a scent post hole thingy they make 4) Most importantly I was with some expert trackers that told me.
     
  9. mtwarden

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    yup- didn't realize you guys had river otters- cool!
     
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    Here are some pics of various "sign" that I saw on a recent deer hunt. We saw a few elk, but no deer.

    Elk track, elk poop.

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    Bear scat. They like juniper berries.

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    Coyotes like juniper berries, too

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    A turkey lost a tail feather.

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    Mule deer.

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    An elk rub. They love to trash little pine trees.

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    Going home.

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  11. ArmyMacE

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    Ring necked pheasant...

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    Raccoons...

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    Found you!

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    Found another winter hide of the raccoons as well...

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    Look closely and you’ll see the little raccoon face looking back.

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    Video of the day...



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  12. rk_az

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    Speaking of elk rubs, here are a couple of good ones. In both cases, my buddies (both around 6 ft tall) are pointing to the top-most broken off branches with their respective pointing objects (stick and arrow).

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    Coyotes were going absolutely nuts this morning all over the trail. This print was much bigger than the rest and slightly different. Any people with more experience that can help me out? Maybe big coyote?
     

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    Whitetail Deer beds

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    Whitetail Deer droppings - still warm

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    Whitetail deer! There were 4 that I saw on Saturday. I think there's only two in the frame.

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    I would think that's too big for a coyote but that dirt's so loose it's really hard to tell one way or the other.

    This does remind me of a childhood exercise where one would deliberately "mud up" a small spot of animal trail (i.e. pour enough water into the dirt to turn it into mud) and then come back in a day or two to see what tracks it had captured (and perhaps make a plaster cast of them)... Dry dirt just doesn't capture detailed tracks.
     
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    Hey Colt, I agree with @kronin323 that it is likely too big to be coyote, and I'd also say that it is too round. Coyote prints are usually more oval (although in wet sand I'll sometimes see the toes splayed out like a domestic dog). They also usually have very pronounced nail marks above the two front toes, almost pointing towards one another because of the way they step and load their weight.
     
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    Fisher track on yesterday's walk. I was a bit thrown by only four toes, but further along all five registered...

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    Perhaps not tracks as we normally think of them, but a track just the same. The reason loggers don't like porcupines....

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    Not far away, deer crossed a tidal mud flat...

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  20. Scratchthejeepguy

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    Black bear on my backyard gun range.
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    Good sized whitetail tracks walking cut corn fields.

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    Some deer tracks and the paw of a little river otter we scared upstream.

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    was out for a trail run/snowshoe this afternoon and was surprised to see elk hanging out, snow depth is ~ 3' deep- add to that a couple of weeks where we seldom broke zero, makes for a rough go to say the least

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    pawing down for forage, pretty slim pickings

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    I recall Tom Brown writing something to the effect that every set of tracks eventually leads to a dead body. This afternoon I came across this, what little is left of a porcupine, in the same vicinity as the pictures in my previous post of the fisher tracks and the porcupine damaged tree. I'm the only person who has been in that neck of the woods for several months, so I guess the equation is pretty self evident, one met the other. Picked clean, nothing left but a few quills and the spinal cord.

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    from today's snowshoeing trip

    blue grouse

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    moose in ~ 3' of snow

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    bobcat

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    Nice!

    In that rear-most print you can see that the palm pads from the rear paw have buggered up the front paw track from a "direct register" step in the same spot.

    That always fascinates me as a biped.
     
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    cats are cool; I've seen lions do the same :)
     

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