Can someone Identify this Predator Foot print please? Picture posted.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mzyla, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Mzyla

    Mzyla Chirping

    Jul 22, 2010
    Upstate NY
    This night, at 2:15 Am I heard dramatic scream of my chicken.
    She was sleeping on a tree 5 feet away from my Living Room window.
    (stubborn chicken, doesn't want to go to coop).
    I opened window, Flashed light, but not much else I could do at dark.
    On a morning I went searching for clues....Found small trail of scattered feathers,
    Followed them...Dead chicken was about 100 feet away in woods with Head eaten and some of bottom.
    Then I found these Foot Prints as on posted picture.
    Can someone tell me what predator that is?
    I was researching/comparing and it leads me to either Marten Cat or Raccoon.
    What you think?
  2. salsss

    salsss Chirping

    Mar 26, 2016
    Adirondacks, NY
    I'd guess fisher? :( So sorry...
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Not a raccoon - they look more like little hand prints. Can you post a picture with a coin - maybe a quarter - next to the prints for some perspective on size? If you have other chickens, you will want to make sure their coop is secure at night, now that something has found a place for an easy meal.
  4. Mzyla

    Mzyla Chirping

    Jul 22, 2010
    Upstate NY
    I measured the size is about 1 inch long.

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