Not all toes always print equally in a track. That is part of the point of having toes instead of hooves.
I wouldn't, not after what I described. There were areas where I was almost supported even without snowshoes, others where I sunk down about a foot with; nearly ten feet of snowfall since late October, with layer upon layer of ice, snow, and rain, along with what the winds do.Do you find it odd it is on top of the snow for a very short distance?
For the size of the track you would think it would compress deeper in the snow
Read this, it's fascinating:I’m struggling to label these and imagine something walking that way.
Front right, front left, back.....uh
Well that’s an odd step...and kind of a stretch without making a deeper impression.
Maybe I’m not thinking right
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If all else fails......”To The Internet!”One of the finds (unfortunately no recent deer sign) on a scout into hardwood stand Friday evening has me stumped.
Been searching animal track publications for the last two days and my best guess on this is an oversized Bobcat or a small / young Canadian Lynx with only three toes.
The snow base was about two feet, with lots of varying surface (blown drifts, stiff crust, four to six inches powder, ...) when I ran across these tracks and found a section of very clear tracks on some crusty snow. I looked long and hard, thinking some toes on furry paws just blended together making two look like one. But no, the 'middle toe' was just too distinct. Could there be vestigial dewclaws? IDK.
They measured about 2 3/8" wide, no claw marks, and appeared feline to me. Staggered sets and size made me think more toward a small Canadian Lynx. I need to get more camera traps out.
Now that I 'pulled my pants down' with a long post to show how little I know, I await someone's short simple definitive explanation (even better if from a wildlife biologist).
Sorry for asking if you mentioned it before, but what county?Saw three-toe tracks again yesterday. Looked like it was chasing snowshoe hare. There's a crazy number of hares around this year, could it be the ten-year peak(?) That would help make case / sense of Canada Lynx presence if so.
Also had three "special" visitors trot through back meadow headed south last night.
The first below shows three spread out then following in-line in softer snow, and more clearly, tracks going from more hard-icy snow surface to less-supportive deep snow (someone mentioned difficulty imagining this)...
5" long by 4 and 1/4" wide = Gray Wolves. :cheeky-sm
At least maybe we won't see as many coyote tracks around here for a while. All-ways look on the bright side of life.