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Fisher and Mink Tracks

1219-12 fisher and mink tracks IMG_2238As members of the weasel family (Mustelidae), fishers and mink have five toes on both front and back feet. Often all five digits do not register, but in prime tracking snow, you can often see them. Typically, mink tracks are found near a body of water, and fisher tracks are found under a canopy, not in the open. Where you have both water and trees, it’s possible to see signs of both animals. In general, the larger the animal, the larger its tracks. In this photograph, the mink tracks (smaller, in the middle) are heading towards the top of the photograph, and the fisher tracks (top most and bottom most) are heading towards the bottom of the photograph. Although not pictured here, both of these carnivores engage in snow sliding, much like their cousin, the river otter, and the resulting grooves are occasionally found when the snow is a bit deeper than it is now.

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2 responses

  1. Cecelia Blair

    Thank you for these prints. I think there is a possum as well as skunks in my town backyard, and today I see them come together with bloodstains amidst a circle of stamped down snow. But perhaps it is a raccoon vying with a skunk. Could you show us prints of these animals too?

    December 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  2. Fabulous photo. To capture both tracks in one photo. Wow. At times, I see a mink exploring the shore front in Job’s Creek on Lake Sunapee. However, seldom in winter. Now, I’ll look for the tracks.

    December 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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