Who left this track in my run?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ffxhomestead, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. ffxhomestead

    ffxhomestead Out Of The Brooder

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    I found this track in the snow this morning. It was in and around the run.

    Thanks.
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  2. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hard to tell, but most likely a fox or a cat
     
  3. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    It looks like only three toe pads in the picture. Am I seeing that right? Also, how big is it? There is nothing for comparison.
     
  4. ffxhomestead

    ffxhomestead Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, its consistently three toe pads, its about an inch to 1.5 inches from top to bottom. I'll see if I can get something out there as scale before the snow melts.
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    It is not a house cat track. Not enough toe prints on tracks.
     
  6. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    How are the tracks positioned... Almost looks like a bunny with the middle toes close so it looks like just 3 toes.
     
  7. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Husband thinks bobcat.
     
  8. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure but would you see claw marks if it were a bobcat? I don't think bobcats have retractable claws. If you don't see claws it is more likely a domestic cat.
     
  9. ffxhomestead

    ffxhomestead Out Of The Brooder

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    Whatever it was, it climbed/jumped a 6 foot fence to get into the run (which I think eliminates the local fox who's prints are everywhere else on the property). I'm going to try to setup a trail cam in the next few days here to get a visual on it.
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    A fox would have no problem with a 6 foot fence, unless it was solid, so he couldn't get a toehold.
     

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