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2-4-16 mystery photo 010Who made these tracks? Hint: Just as one sometimes reads between the lines to understand the real message that is being relayed, it can be helpful to observe the space in between tracks for additional information. (Please post answers under “Comments.”)

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72 responses

  1. cwetfeet

    quill pig?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:06 am

  2. Mike Doten

    otter?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:06 am

  3. Hmm…big fet, heavy tail. Beaver?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:09 am

  4. Kate

    Porky?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:09 am

  5. A North American Porcupine perhaps?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:09 am

  6. G.

    The dragging marks make me think of a large bird – hawk?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:10 am

  7. Geneva

    Porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

  8. Porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

  9. Suzanne

    Hard to know w/o bigger picture and size but w/ the dragging and sort of waddling/bow-legged impression, I guess porcupine.

    February 4, 2016 at 9:14 am

  10. marianneblake

    I vote porcupine also.

    February 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

  11. tim

    I’m going with porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

  12. Susan Sawyer

    Waddling, feet turn in, dragging tail with separate lines — I am guessing porcupine, but they don’t always tail drag like this. Hmm…

    February 4, 2016 at 9:17 am

  13. Paul

    Porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 9:19 am

  14. Susan Thomas

    porcupine? it’s a waddler pattern of tracks I think. the drag mark may be the tail or fat belly?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:22 am

  15. Jo Peavey

    Porky

    February 4, 2016 at 9:22 am

  16. a muskrat

    February 4, 2016 at 9:24 am

  17. Juliet Jacobson

    porcupine is my guess too.

    February 4, 2016 at 9:27 am

  18. porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

  19. Sylvia

    Hi Mary,

    It’s a squirrel that went to the coop with a canvas bag, then filled it up too much with peanuts and had to drag it home.
    Love,
    S

    February 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

    • Your reply is getting quite a bit of attention…you might be on to something!

      February 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  20. I think that is a porcupine with its tail drag.

    February 4, 2016 at 9:31 am

  21. Porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

  22. Ed Parsons

    Beav..?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

  23. Laura Alexander

    porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

  24. Porcupine f

    February 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

  25. Pat

    Maybe an otter or hedgehog….something w/fairly long tail

    February 4, 2016 at 9:43 am

  26. Kathryn Dean

    Porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

  27. Lisa White

    A porcupine?

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    February 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

  28. Peter Kallin

    Looks like a porcupine waddling along dragging its belly and tail.

    February 4, 2016 at 9:57 am

  29. Mimi

    It could be a beaver dragging it’s tail.

    February 4, 2016 at 10:06 am

  30. Karen

    Fat little feet and a belly drag? I think this is a porcupine out on a waddle through the snow! -Karen (Cabot, VT)

    February 4, 2016 at 10:06 am

  31. susan

    I’d guess this is a porcupine with its dragging tail.

    February 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

  32. Pam Schoch

    Well, the porcupine tracks I have seen showed quill drag marks to the sides of the tracks, not in between, so I’m going to go with Fisher. I really like Sylvia’s response though!

    February 4, 2016 at 10:13 am

  33. irene

    porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 10:16 am

  34. Robyn Deveney

    Porcupine! Pretty distinct quill marks between the footprints.

    February 4, 2016 at 10:23 am

    • Robyn Deveney

      Upon reading the comments, I have to say that Sylvia has an excellent theory also.

      February 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

  35. Kathy Schillemat

    I am stumped!

    February 4, 2016 at 10:30 am

  36. Sara

    Otter?

    February 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

  37. Anne Marie

    Porcupine!!

    February 4, 2016 at 10:34 am

  38. Caroline

    Beaver dragging his tail.

    February 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

  39. How about a porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

  40. Porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 10:54 am

  41. Alice Pratt

    A beaver?

    February 4, 2016 at 10:59 am

  42. Tami

    Going with my first guess of porcupine.

    February 4, 2016 at 11:10 am

  43. Suza

    I’m going to guess a fox…but I’m probably wrong.

    February 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

  44. Rebecca

    otter tracks?

    February 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

  45. david putnam

    porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

  46. David

    Scale in the photo is the the indefinite determiner. So, I think it’s a waddler that woke up for a snowy toot. Smale scale: raccoon; large scale: black bear.

    February 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

  47. porcupine with tail drag

    February 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

  48. laura luckey

    someone with a long flat tail – maybe a beaver??

    February 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm

  49. Lynne

    porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  50. gail page

    I’d guess a fox.

    February 4, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  51. Linde McNamara

    Otter? The slide? Linde Mc.

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    February 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm

  52. Bobbie Rausch

    porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm

  53. Mary Waugb

    I like the squirrel carrying the heavy bag of peanuts option!

    February 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  54. Ellen Halperin

    Porcupine maybe?

    February 4, 2016 at 12:34 pm

  55. A cat, no, I don’t think so, whatever it is, it appears the rear paws follow the front paws with some noticeable belly & foot drag.
    I’ll go with the porcupine guessers.
    BF…

    February 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  56. Don’t possum carry their young on their belly? Might be to early for babies though.

    February 4, 2016 at 12:56 pm

  57. Kate Reeves

    maybe porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 12:56 pm

  58. Doug sherry

    While I would enjoy tracking this porcupine with you today I am actually in Chile enjoying the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and a 79 degree day.

    February 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  59. Judith Pettingell

    I thought at first a beaver but think the drag of the tail would be broader so I’ll go with a porcupine.

    February 4, 2016 at 1:58 pm

  60. Tom Zuba

    Porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

  61. Susan

    Porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 3:03 pm

  62. Luke

    Fisher dragging its tail

    February 4, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  63. Otter or beaver? I love your nature! I am in Texas, so I am not sure what is in your area.

    February 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  64. Mary

    porcupine

    February 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm

  65. Porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

  66. Otto Wurzburg

    Porcupine with belly dragging?

    February 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm

  67. Porcupine?

    February 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm

  68. Guy Stoye

    This looks like a porcupine

    February 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

  69. Guy Stoye

    This looks like it could be a porcupine

    February 5, 2016 at 8:35 am

  70. Dave Bastille

    We’ve seen these behind our house. I’m guessing this foot-dragger is a red fox.

    February 5, 2016 at 9:14 am

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