Anybody know what makes these tracks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by heronz, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. heronz

    heronz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't the greatest picture but had to take it fast because the snow was melting.
    It has long claws and was apparently chasing after a rat whose tracks where just ahead of it.
    Measured 2 inches wide at the widest part.
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  2. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah.. hard to see... mink? coon? possum? those would be my guesses. All bad news for a flock!
     
  3. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We really need something for scale. Also, the pattern of the tracks is important...not just the individual print. Could be any of those previously mentioned.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Only a Mink is fast enough to try and chase a Rat
     
  5. bluebirdnanny

    bluebirdnanny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think Opossum. There are many here and tracks all the time. They my be sniffing out and following a trail of a mouse... I have watched it happen many times as I've sat in my deer blind or just in the woods near dark. The others mentioned don't normally have their claws extended in walking/searching.

    In melting snow the tracks can be quite changed and appear different size than they are.
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: Possums have unique prints in that they have opposable "thumbs" and long. skinny toes

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    I still think it's a Mink, or other Weasel:
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  7. heronz

    heronz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These do look like the ones here.
    I just hope it's not another fisher cat-but sure minks are just as aggressive with the chickens and need to go.
     
  8. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Minks , fishers, weasels, etc hop when they run, meaning their foot prints would be beside each other with long gaps in between the sets.
    The farther the gap between the sets the bigger the animal.
    Melting snow can make the animal seem way bigger then it is.
     
  9. bluebirdnanny

    bluebirdnanny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Melting snow can make the animal seem way bigger then it is.

    That is what I was trying to say! You worded it better.
     

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