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Identify These Tracks!

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Thanks to a fresh layer of snow, I found some tracks leading to my chicken coop. We have some neighborhood cats, but these tracks seemed bigger and with a longer stride. Maybe it's just a larger cat!? Any idea? I'm in northern Utah at the base of the mountains.



Edited by acemario - 1/17/16 at 8:21pm
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post #2 of 5

I'm no expert on tracks, but I would guess a fox. It looks like some claws are visible, and claws wouldn't be visible on a cat.

 

I love seeing tracks in the winter snow. We have birds, rodents, coyotes, cats, chickens, dogs, rabbits and deer. It is fun to track their behaviors through the field. :)

post #3 of 5
What's the distance between each, and size of print? The shape is definitely interesting. Possibly Possum if they are small and tight, a fox has a stride closer to a small dog to give you an idea, coyote prints are roughly smaller than the average palm. Are there mink type creatures in Utah? Then again with the smaller creatures you would have more tail drag.
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Edited by attimus - 1/17/16 at 11:46pm

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post #4 of 5

Pics of tracks need something laid down next to them for size reference....

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #5 of 5

I was basing my guess off the shape. Opossums, mink, raccoon, skunk and coyote have different shaped paw prints to this in general. However, a size reference would certainly help determine it.

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