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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mom 2em All, Mar 9, 2013.
Very close to my coop.
im not sure , I used to have a problem with raccoons getting to my chickens until i put my dogs house by the coop so i no there not that but, this is a good site to compare the tracks. http://www.bear-tracker.com/mammals.html
It looks a lot like a mink print... What did the step pattern look like?
Off hand, I would say coon.
Maybe a badger?
it is definitely not a coon, coon has a longer back print and the front print almost has a thumb like appendage. Those are some sort of canine tracks, quite large to be fox, could be a big coyote or likely a domestic dog of some sort. Google coyote tracks and look the the results you can also put in racoon tracks or any animal and pictures of their tracks come up, these are definitely dog tracks. Cat tracks wouldn't have claw marks.
suburban backyard, fully fenced in the middle of a neighborhood- privacy fence along two and a half sides. Chainlink on gates and one side. Woods at the end of the street.
Prints are too small and clawed to be from my dogs- and the area where the prints were found is further fenced off with a three foot decorative style fencing, to keep my dogs out.
Summerlove- those two prints were by themselves then closer to the decorative fencing I found these- and these could have been made as whatever animal it is came over the 3 ft fence:
these two photos are of the same prints- different angles.
I would say you should take a good look at your fences, if it were a dog it would have had to dig under or find something to jump on to get over, it could have also been a fox, if that is the case they can manage to climb some things and would be able to fit through a smaller hole than a dog to get in. Though fox tracks generally run in a perfectly straight line. Coyote tracks are usually more long and slender/oval shaped whereas dog tracks usually look more circular. Also coyote will have larger front track than rear, this is the case with grey fox as well.
fox or small dog