Help needed in identifying some tracks by my coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kartking22, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. kartking22

    kartking22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I went out to my coop this morning to feed my turkeys, I found these tracks in the snow. Does anyone know what made these?[​IMG]
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    I live in a rural area of northeastern Wisconsin and seems too big to be coyote tracks.
     
  2. ArizonaDebbie

    ArizonaDebbie New Egg

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    Bobcat?
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Canine passing threw, anything stalking your coup would have left many ,many tracks unless something spooked them but those are not tracks left from running away IMO just strolling threw kinda tracks
     
  4. kartking22

    kartking22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are no dogs in my area that would leave this large of a track. All of the neighbors have small house dogs or keep them on a chain.
     
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they are not in the area, in addition to 'pet dogs' there are wild dogs, coyotes and even wolves in NE Wisconsin...
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree; dog or wild canine. Mary
     
  7. ArizonaDebbie

    ArizonaDebbie New Egg

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    Maybe a wolf?
     
  8. Ole and Lena

    Ole and Lena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Smallish wolf or large dog. Definitely canine. Possibly a really large coyote, I have seen them leave tracks that big right to their last roundup, but I'm leaning towards wolf/dog. I'd have to be there and track it for awhile noting behaviors to be sure. As posted above, appears to be just cruising through. Not a huge concern unless you have other livestock. A game camera baited with a post and coyote urine and feathers would be interesting!
     
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  9. NEChickenNoob

    NEChickenNoob Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh that explains the mystery. Those must be the tracks of a wolf, out looking for some hot dogs for a Saturday morning brunch.

    Even the greenest of the greens, the Germans are having second thoughts about wolves returning to the Fatherland.

    http://theweek.com/article/index/273838/germany-has-a-serious-wolf-problem

    I guess as long as you live in a 4th floor cold water walk-up flat you can be cavalier about the difficulties that wild critters impose on your fellow man.
     

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