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NS4683

join:2000-08-25
South Amboy, NJ
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What animal tracks are these?

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Can anyone identify these animal tracks? The shoe print in the image is my size 12, if anyone needs a reference. I'm thinking some sort of cat but the "toes" of the paw seem spread farther apart than the ones I see online.


hitachi369
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I would say raccoon.



newview
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said by hitachi369:

I would say raccoon.

Yep ... look like raccoon tracks to me, too.

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Cabal
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I would say it looks like a OH GOD IT'S RIGHT BEHIND YOU.
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dmagerl
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Woodstock, IL
reply to NS4683

With the toes spread like that, its possum.



Nightwing
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reply to NS4683

I agree,possum.



John Galt
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reply to NS4683

Tracks:

»fwcb.cfans.umn.edu/fwcbclub/EEOP/tracks.jpg



La Luna
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reply to NS4683

Possum.



NS4683

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South Amboy, NJ
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reply to NS4683

I was thinking an opossum as well, but there wasn't hind tracks which is why I was thinking some sort of cat.

I'll have to keep an eye out when we get more snow to see if I can find the tracks again and actually measure them.

Thanks for the suggestions.



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said by NS4683:

I was thinking an opossum as well, but there wasn't hind tracks which is why I was thinking some sort of cat.

I am going for an opossum. The toes are spread out and the walking pattern seems 'wavy' (swaying side to side).
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Locutus65
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Re: What animal tracks are these?

Three blondes were walking through the forest when they came upon a set of tracks.

The first blonde said, "Those are deer tracks." The second blonde said, "No, those are elk tracks." The third blonde said, "You're both wrong, those are moose tracks." The blondes were still arguing when the train hit them.
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NS4683

join:2000-08-25
South Amboy, NJ
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Since we are having some snow, I see the tracks again. This time I can distinctly see 4 prints, but they don't look much like the original ones.

The camera makes it a bit harder to make out the prints.


AndandoPaleo

join:2012-06-21
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Those really look like raccoon. Like little hand prints. Opossum are more random, like the first set you pictured.
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Bob4
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reply to NS4683

You likely have possums, raccoons, skunks, and possibly foxes in your neighborhood. So you'll probably see varying tracks.



Hall
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I was going to say the same thing - it's very likely that both raccoons, possums, and more are around. I live in a city neighborhood and have seen raccoons (some people say they live in the storm drains and I have personally seen them go in and out of those), possums (had one in my garage !), and what surprises people the most, deer. The deer may have just been "traveling through" though. A neighbor called us one day and asked "why is there a deer in your front yard?" jokingly, but there was one. Multiple neighbors down the street were out looking too. There are some small woods around, i.e. parks, but my son said he's never seen tracks in them.



PinchiMojado

join:2013-01-31

We have a wide range if critters here too. Including bobcats jaguarundi and other large cats.



ttiiggy
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reply to NS4683

Chupacabra!
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra



PinchiMojado

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We have those here too. I am married to one.

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NS4683

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Re: What animal tracks are these?

Thanks for all the replies. I didn't think there were more critters around other than the squirrels and rabbits I see. I have never seen an opossum or raccoon around before, but I guess there's a first time for everything.



CylonRed
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Coon and possums are active at night. Only time I see possums is just before I hit them. Most coons are fairly skittish of others.
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Bob4
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Put some lights outside and you'll be surprised at all the activity. Raccoons will beg for food.

Be aware that some of these animals are the primary sources of rabies.



pike
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Definitely not a cat. Cats are digitigrade and walk with a pacing gait
(an unusual locomotion among mammals). Those prints do not represent either of those characteristics.



BACULUM

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Leander, TX
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You can always tell when coons were there. They leave behind very colorful scat.
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Beachie
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For future reference


Hall
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What's a "Fisher" ?



Beachie
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St. Pete, FL
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I had to look that one up

quote:
The fisher (Martes pennanti) is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is a member of the mustelid family, commonly referred to as the weasel family. The fisher is closely related to but larger than the American Marten (Martes americana). The fisher is a forest-dwelling creature whose range covers much of the boreal forest in Canada to the northern fringes of the United States. Names derived from aboriginal languages include pekan, pequam, and wejack. It is also sometimes referred to as a fisher cat, though it is not a feline.
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_%28animal%29


AndandoPaleo

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said by PinchiMojado:

We have those here too. I am married to one.

That is too funny. LOL
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