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What mystery made these tracks? #6766495
02/11/20 02:39 PM
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These are not the best photos, and I apologize, but my camera was low on fuel.

These tracks were made this morning in northeast South Dakota, 2 miles from any lake and 4 miles from any major drainage. It was around 10 degrees last night and 20 degrees this morning.
The glove shows the spacing, of what looks like big squirrel tracks, with the front feet rounded like a cat, but cats do not hop like a mink in preaching to the choir.

Just something to play with for those who have time.

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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766497
02/11/20 02:41 PM
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Hard to tell. If 4 toes it's a canine. If 5 it's a weasel.
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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766498
02/11/20 02:44 PM
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Train tracks.

Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766499
02/11/20 02:45 PM
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The way them claws are pointing badger on the middle tracks or a big coon


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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766504
02/11/20 02:51 PM
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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766512
02/11/20 03:07 PM
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Definitely squatch

Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766543
02/11/20 03:25 PM
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I think it is a coon.It is that time of year.

Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: blankenship] #6766548
02/11/20 03:31 PM
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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766610
02/11/20 05:11 PM
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Really big lovesick coon would be my guess.


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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766622
02/11/20 05:24 PM
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coon 100 %

Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: martentrapper] #6766663
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Originally Posted by martentrapper
Hard to tell. If 4 toes it's a canine. If 5 it's a weasel.
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You guys must have bigger weasels than we got here. smile


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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766670
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no way is that coon tracks.

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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: upstateNY] #6766676
02/11/20 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by upstateNY
Originally Posted by martentrapper
Hard to tell. If 4 toes it's a canine. If 5 it's a weasel.
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You guys must have bigger weasels than we got here. smile

If thats a weasel.. someones gonna need a bigger gun! Haha


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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766681
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Top pictures says Big ole boar Coon.

Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766702
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looks like a smaller fisher track to me.


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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766709
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Coon, they are all over the place right now


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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766722
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potter co. p.a.
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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766734
02/11/20 07:16 PM
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Porky looks like baby tracks on the back feet


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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766806
02/11/20 08:21 PM
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No porkies in that part of SD.

I was hoping to see some fisher tracks from a migrant from the MN north woods, but alas, just a big old Dakota winter coon. I think I posted similar "twined" prints from the organic/hoarder farm I usually winter trap to help him reduce his loss of cat food to coons and grinners. First year since early 2013 that I didn't trap that place.


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Re: What mystery made these tracks? [Re: star flakes] #6766871
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I wanted to thank everyone for their input. What I was certain of this was not a raccoon. If this was a coon, The foot size would have this a 500 pounder. I think Mr. Herbst was closest with a badger, as it is weasel family. The thing is I saw these same prints at my Uncle's place along a river last year and I thought "otter". I had this same animal leaving tracks in the road this past summer as we were out for a walk. As I was studying them this morning, I honestly was convinced this could have been a fisher, but the reference to the porcupine made me think again.
This animal hops like a mink or squirrel and then walks. It has rounded feet and angular feet on the back. It does not have raccoon "hands". This lakes region has seen a few species which should not be here. The river otter are quite plentiful in fact.

I appreciate the feedback.

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