Strange tracks, any ideas?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Tala, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I've been finding some strange tracks. My father in law acquired this really fine powdery white sand stuff, and it's great for tracking. It's not directly around my coop, but on the driveway and walkways nearby.
    I took lots of pictures because it's hard to get a good picture with a flashlight and a cell phone, so maybe some of them will be clear-enough to see good

    THIS doesn't even look like an animal track that I could imagine
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    Again, with some human prints near it
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    Some of the tracks look like hooves maybe? but not exactly like a deer
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    again, looks like 2 sides of a hoof maybe?
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    Some of them are spread pretty far apart, hard to see but there's one top left above my flashlight and one at the bottom of it
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    This looks kinda similar to the first two pictures
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    Some of the tracks are closer together, there's 3 in this pic
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    Same 3 with better lighting
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    I've not seen any critter that I can't identify on my game camera, mostly dogs and cats. Unfortunately I had the memory card in my pocket when these tracks were made today, so no pictures. The tracks could have been made anytime after about 1pm till 1am, but they seemed pretty fresh when I was there after midnight. The human prints from earlier in the day are obviously older as the fine sand blows around easily in the wind and makes the edges less crisp. I have seen these tracks before when checking for dog tracks, but couldn't identify it then either.
    The bottom picture looks almost like rabbit tracks, but the top pictures don't look like rabbit to me.
     
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  2. Smittenroade

    Smittenroade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is kinda hard to tell but it kinda looks like deer prints if I'm reading it right.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I think there are several different tracks there, and none of them are very clear.

    Try smoothing out the area, and dampen it a little to get a better impression and see if it comes back
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:It's entirely possible, I've seen them in the neighbor's yard. I've been running a came camera out there for almost a year now in different positions and different angles, sometimes towards the coop sometimes towards the drive. Funny that I've NEVER seen a deer in my yard on it.
     
  5. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

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    What I see is the imprint of the bottom of a frog.
     
  6. RustyHen

    RustyHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this is going to sound funny but my first idea was it looked like the print of a water fountain being set down, the edges of most of the curved prints are very flat and sharp and there seems to be a center impression also.
     
  7. emvickrey

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    Der prints are more of a V shape without the V actually connecting. There would be a gap. A rabbit you would see 2 smaller prints in front of the longer ones. A frog would leave the whole frog inprint. When they jump it tosses some of the sand with it's hind legs and would leave the multiple prints more "inline" than a deer would. A rabbit would do as the frog would. I've seen some pretty large frogs too.
     
  8. emvickrey

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    Quote:Thats why I say frog. I see the back feet and a belly impression and on a couple pics I can see where front feet would be too.

    I vote it's a frog. When I lived in Florida I saw frogs nearly as big as cats and I would bet they nearly weighed as much if they didn't. They would come out of the storm drain that went under the house into the river behind the house and eat the cat food right along with the cats. No joke. I used to have a pic of them. I still do somewhere i'm sure.
     
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  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Thats why I say frog. I see the back feet and a belly impression and on a couple pics I can see where front feet would be too.

    I vote it's a frog. When I lived in Florida I saw frogs nearly as big as cats and I would bet they nearly weighed as much if they didn't. They would come out of the storm drain that went under the house into the river behind the house and eat the cat food right along with the cats. No joke. I used to have a pic of them. I still do somewhere i'm sure.

    Hey that might explain those really weird looking ones! Also might be why I haven't noticed it on the game camera.
     
  10. emvickrey

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    Quote:Thats why I say frog. I see the back feet and a belly impression and on a couple pics I can see where front feet would be too.

    I vote it's a frog. When I lived in Florida I saw frogs nearly as big as cats and I would bet they nearly weighed as much if they didn't. They would come out of the storm drain that went under the house into the river behind the house and eat the cat food right along with the cats. No joke. I used to have a pic of them. I still do somewhere i'm sure.

    Hey that might explain those really weird looking ones! Also might be why I haven't noticed it on the game camera.

    If you have a light on outside anywhere it will attract bugs. Where there are bugs there are frogs. I've sat outside at night and watched the frogs hangoug out under out big yard light. A bug lands on the ground they have it almost as soon as it hits. Pretty cool to watch. I had to cover my potted plants because they where living in the dirt in the pots during the day.

    We keep a big light out where the pens are to try to deter predators.
     

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