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Moose and White-tailed Deer Track Comparison

1-29-13 deer & moose track IMG_2286Even with the knowledge that the moose is the largest member of the deer family, the discrepancy between the size of its hoof and that of a white-tailed deer’s is impressive. A moose’s front foot track is somewhere between 4 ¼ ” and 7” long, whereas a deer’s front track is between 1 ¼ “ and 4” long. Both have hooves that are heart shaped, and point in the direction of travel. Deer are more hindered by snow than moose, so finding a deer taking advantage of a moose’s trail by stepping directly in the moose’s tracks (see photo) makes perfect sense. (The moose’s foot was dragging as it stepped into the snow, thus causing the groove that leads to the track.)

3 responses

  1. Elizabeth

    Nice find!

    January 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

  2. SD

    Terrific photo and a clear explanation.

    January 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  3. Neat photo Mary, I have never seen a deer track on a moose track before…..granted we don’t have many moose in MA.

    Dale

    January 30, 2013 at 1:23 am

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