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70 responses

  1. Jim Lafley

    A wild dog of some type – Grey Fox, Red Fox or Coyote. Difficult to tell without measuring.

    December 7, 2016 at 8:09 am

    • Judy Wilson

      dog, I think????

      December 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

  2. Chris

    Fox

    December 7, 2016 at 8:14 am

  3. Betsy Hawes

    coyote

    December 7, 2016 at 8:17 am

  4. Stephanie Schmidt

    Coyote

    December 7, 2016 at 8:18 am

  5. Jon Schwartz

    Pointed toes look like coyote

    December 7, 2016 at 8:21 am

  6. Sue Wetmore

    Looks like a canine either fox or coyote.

    December 7, 2016 at 8:22 am

  7. Bill On The Hill...

    Bobcat… ?

    December 7, 2016 at 8:23 am

  8. Susan Carr

    Dog tracks

    December 7, 2016 at 8:23 am

  9. linda shelvey

    grey fox ?!

    December 7, 2016 at 8:24 am

  10. J. Griffin

    canine

    December 7, 2016 at 8:26 am

  11. Robert Nick Krembs

    grey fox

    December 7, 2016 at 8:26 am

  12. Connie Snyder

    Would those be the dainty steps of a red fox?

    December 7, 2016 at 8:26 am

  13. Ron Willoughby

    Wily Coyote

    December 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

  14. Elaine Schmottlach

    fox

    December 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

  15. Thea Lahti

    A fox?

    December 7, 2016 at 8:33 am

  16. Rita Pichette

    Fox

    December 7, 2016 at 8:36 am

  17. Grace Bartlett

    A red fox

    December 7, 2016 at 8:49 am

  18. Laura Alexander

    Red fox – I think I see a heel pad.

    December 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

  19. Barry Avery

    Definitely a Cat. Bobcat, Lynx?

    December 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

  20. Susan Thomas

    A “perfect walker” and not a deer so that leaves felid and canid. Think I see claw marks so that would mean canid. Unsure of stride length with vegetation clues. Don’t have track guide handy so will guess coyote.

    December 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

  21. Peter Hollinger

    Grey fox?

    December 7, 2016 at 9:01 am

  22. Micky McKinley

    What is the size of the tracks and the distance between them?

    December 7, 2016 at 9:10 am

    • Stephanie Schmidt

      Ah….excellent questions!!!!!!!

      December 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

  23. Sylvie Desautels

    t’s a canine…I’d say coyote.

    December 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

  24. Looks like a Coyote. I’m excited to go out tracking!!

    December 7, 2016 at 9:15 am

  25. hillary

    is it a fox

    December 7, 2016 at 9:17 am

  26. Kit emery

    X marks the spot
    It’s a canine but without a size indicator hard to narrow it down to what that would be.
    Questions I would ask snow texture
    tthe tracks appear very pronounced suggesting a heavier bodied canine
    Hard to know what the stride length is -that would help a lot.
    The photos show direct register most domestic dogs don’t do that and they wander. Coyote tracks possible but usually their hind track is less prominent ( less weight on the back tracks)

    Okay

    December 7, 2016 at 9:30 am

  27. coyote?

    December 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

  28. David Thomas-Train

    I think a gray fox , based on the bottom plantar pad? The scale is a bit dicey.

    December 7, 2016 at 9:32 am

  29. marianneblake

    I’d guess fox.

    December 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

  30. Kit emery

    Continued…Although the track may have the classic chevron sysmbol on the back
    (Fox) but would be good to indicate size

    December 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

  31. I bet it is a 4 year old male coyote with an insecurity complex (probably well earned) since he obviously looked over his right shoulder as he walked out of the frame. Weighs about 50 lbs and is broad abeam.

    December 7, 2016 at 9:49 am

  32. Fox

    December 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

  33. Coyote

    December 7, 2016 at 9:57 am

  34. nicky

    Coyote. Middle toe nails very close together

    December 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

  35. Stacey Chilcoat

    eastern bobcat

    December 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

  36. Ellen Halperin

    Coyote or bobcat. The latter because I don’t see any claw marks.

    December 7, 2016 at 10:49 am

  37. Elaine

    House cat or a feral cat.

    December 7, 2016 at 10:59 am

  38. I’m going with Fox vs Coyote, the outer toes are totally behind the inner toes. Coyote and dogs have more forward outer toes. Definitely not a bobcat or other feline, you can see the distinctive X shape indicating a canine.

    December 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

  39. Gaylee Amend

    a big, long cat….cougar? Anyway, thanks for posting tracks of all kinds this winter.

    December 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

  40. Alice Pratt

    BBW = Big Bad Wolf 😬

    December 7, 2016 at 11:06 am

  41. Linda

    A fox or coyote. Can see the nails so it’s not feline. No sizing to compare, but it looks like a fox to me.

    December 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

  42. mariagianferrari

    I don’t see claw marks either, so based on the roundness of the pads, I would venture to guess that it’s the direct register track of a bobcat.

    December 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

  43. No scale for size, but it’s a feline.

    December 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

  44. Suzanne Weinberg

    Coyote or red fox (w/o knowing stride, size, etc.): direct register and claw marks showing, so canine. Heel pad on closest print looks most like coyote rather than the more thin-boomarang shape of red fox. Nails too pronounced and too little hair for gray fox. Nice compact/oval footprint and direct register rules out Emma.

    December 7, 2016 at 11:51 am

  45. Victoria Davis

    Coyote

    December 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

  46. A house cat!

    December 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm

  47. Margaret Marshall

    Bobcat

    December 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm

  48. Tami

    Hard to tell without a size indicator, but I’m guessing coyote.

    December 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  49. wiley coyote

    December 7, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  50. A canid…I’m going with red fox (rather than coyote) because of the narrow straddle and the delicate, flower-like appearance of the tracks, but I could be wrong.

    December 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  51. martha

    Bobcat

    December 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

  52. Ellen Halperin

    Changed my mind. Going with grey fox

    December 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm

  53. Skip Jones

    A canine

    December 7, 2016 at 2:34 pm

  54. Tom

    Coyote, the two leading front toes are noticeable, offset tracks are not Fox patterns.

    December 7, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  55. Jean Harrison

    Looks like a cat print – no claws. A housecat or bobcat.

    December 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm

  56. Sophie

    I’ll put in a vote for red fox

    December 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

  57. Suzanne

    Those who see “no claws” – look at three out of four prints – nails obvious on center pads. Especially clear on top footprint. Also, feline tracks would be rounder.

    December 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    • Tom

      Good Call!!

      December 7, 2016 at 5:27 pm

  58. Lorraine Plauth

    It is funny…and no one had the correct answer: crow

    >

    December 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm

  59. Looks like E. Coyote to me. Dogs tend to show more irregular placement.

    December 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm

  60. I think it is bob cat tracks

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    December 7, 2016 at 7:01 pm

  61. Peter Minnich

    Definitely not cat – claws visible. Front toes are pointed slightly inward – me thinks it’s a domestic dog, though it might be a coyote. Wish relative size was clearer.

    December 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm

  62. Robin Koczera

    Bobcat or Lynx?

    December 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

  63. Silly Monkeys

    A mink

    Sam

    On 12/7/16, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland

    December 8, 2016 at 10:46 am

  64. The DeFelice Crew

    Without reference to size, is it possible to make a guess beyond Canine?

    December 8, 2016 at 11:35 am

  65. Bob

    It is a canine. Since no nails are evident my guess it is not a dog but a coyote,

    December 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

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