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Can you tell me what made these tracks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mom 2em All, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
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    Very close to my coop.

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  2. rwdeets23

    rwdeets23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  3. Summerlove

    Summerlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks a lot like a mink print... What did the step pattern look like?
     
  4. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    Off hand, I would say coon.
    Maybe a badger?
     
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  5. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Small dog?
     
  7. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    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:

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    these two photos are of the same prints- different angles.
     
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  8. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. akashia26

    akashia26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    fox or small dog
     

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