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can anyone help ID this **PIC**

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Dar, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    we found these foot prints on our front porch... that is a Canadian quarter for a size comparison ... thanks

    I dont think its a cat.. not shaped the right way I am thinking raccoon or possum

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  2. mkearsley

    mkearsley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not a racoon or opossum, they both have hand-shaped prints (like a person's hand). If it has claw marks, its probably a red fox. If there's no claw marks, its gotta be a cat. If its not a house cat, it could be a bobcat. Both bobcat & fox prints are around 2" in diameter. A pika is also has a really round footprint, its only about 1" in diamter, it also has little clawmarks.

    The more I look at your prints & the prints in my book, the more I think its a pika (a little critter about the size of a squirrel, but looks more like a chipmunk).
     
  3. KateB39

    KateB39 Out Of The Brooder

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  4. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    From that chart, looks like a bobcat. Do you have them in your area? Are you rural?
    Better lock up those birdies good.
     
  5. Roy

    Roy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a domestic cat to me...
     
  6. Hoosierchickens

    Hoosierchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They seem small for a Bobcat. They have pretty big feet compared to their body size. My guess based on size and shape is cat.
     
  7. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Way two small to be bobcat. The only bobcat prints I've ever seen where almost the size of my pit bull's foot prints...
     
  8. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    I thought they were wide and big for a domestic cat.
     
  9. greatergraceoffbg

    greatergraceoffbg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are not bobcats tracks, the tracks in snow are usually a slight bit bigger than the feet and a Bobcats foot is three times the size of that quarter, a domestic house cat is your best bet, but another possibility is a skunk, or if you're in Canada one of several members of the weasel family, Martins, black tailed ferrets etc, the mention of the Red fox is also a very very likely possibility because they are very uninhibited by people and would be comfortable near your house looking for mice and other critters that stick close to people in very cold weather. Any of these are bad for chickens or fowl, but I have learned that many more critters go near your fowl, but do not go after them than you would think, and generally during a good snow you find out who's around. If its not bothering your birds, i wouldn't worry at all.

    Andy in Texas
     
  10. karimw

    karimw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they probably belong to a domestic cat. I have several cats with feet that big.
     

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