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mystery-photo-049a2992Whose tracks are these?  (Hint: front track is on left, hind track is on right – both between 2″ and 3″; black portion of photo is water)  Please go to http://www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com and submit your answer under “Comments.” Thank you.

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71 responses

  1. Joe Lopes

    Rocky Racoon Goes for a Swim

    February 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

  2. Suzanne Weinberg

    Surely that’s the yearling offspring of the Creature from the Black (Mini) Lagoon.

    February 6, 2017 at 7:16 am

  3. Jean Dedam

    Beaver getting a little fresh air and exercise.

    February 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

  4. Charlotte Carlson

    I’m guessing that the tracks were made by an otter!

    February 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

  5. Alice Pratt

    Raccoon was 1st thought, but maybe a muskrat?

    February 6, 2017 at 7:21 am

  6. Suzanne Weinberg

    Given the size and 5 toes showing, possibly beaver, though I don’t see webbing on the hind foot. Also possible that the print is bigger than the live foot, given the wet conditions. Would also want to see a longer trail to see the pattern.

    February 6, 2017 at 7:24 am

  7. Sarah Meyers

    Perhaps a muskrat!

    February 6, 2017 at 7:29 am

  8. Sandie Sabaka

    Looks like the little handprint of Procyon.

    February 6, 2017 at 7:33 am

  9. Leah D Basbanes

    I’m thinking raccoon too but the other track further along in the snow (if made by the same animal ) looks a little different, more like beaver.

    February 6, 2017 at 7:39 am

  10. Richard

    Raccoon

    February 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

  11. Philip Wick

    Mink! A friend of mine caught one ice fishing once.

    February 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

  12. Marilyn

    Raccoon.

    February 6, 2017 at 7:53 am

  13. Could it be a muskrat made those tracks?

    February 6, 2017 at 8:00 am

  14. raccoon . . . beautiful shot!

    February 6, 2017 at 8:01 am

  15. John Liccardi

    Muskrat

    February 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

  16. Bob Frey

    Otter

    February 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

  17. Kimberly Longey

    Otter

    February 6, 2017 at 8:08 am

  18. marie reichelt

    It looks like the raccoon tracks on my back porch.

    February 6, 2017 at 8:09 am

  19. mariagianferrari

    I think it’s a common muskrat, based on the size of the tracks and the tail.

    February 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

  20. Tom Zuba

    Raccoon,

    February 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

  21. Muskrat?

    February 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

  22. Kelli

    Otter!!

    February 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

  23. barbara

    An otter going from one open water to another

    February 6, 2017 at 8:26 am

  24. I’m going with river otter.

    February 6, 2017 at 8:28 am

  25. Liza McArdle

    I’m on team beaver with the hind track so
    Much longer than the fore…

    February 6, 2017 at 8:29 am

  26. I like river otter, too

    February 6, 2017 at 8:29 am

  27. Bob Frey

    Otter and Beaver

    February 6, 2017 at 8:37 am

  28. aimee levesque

    The second grade class at Putney Central School thinks this is a beaver track because of the tail print.

    February 6, 2017 at 8:37 am

  29. Bill On The Hill...

    …Beaver, Upper L corner of photo shows a foot print, possibly stepping onto land, between the two prints at waters edge appears to be branch dragging. IMHO… 🙂
    Bill Farr

    February 6, 2017 at 8:43 am

  30. Ellen Halperin

    Muskrat?

    February 6, 2017 at 8:45 am

  31. Mary Quinn

    Beaver

    February 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

  32. The photo looks like a raccoon coming out of the water; right hind foot larger than left front, with perhaps a wet tail drag in the middle? I’ve noticed some fresh raccoon tracks recently on some of the warmer days. Thank you for the mystery photo!

    February 6, 2017 at 8:48 am

  33. Kathie Fiveash

    They look like muskrat tracks to me – and you can see the tail mark.

    February 6, 2017 at 8:51 am

  34. I suspect those are raccoon tracks due to the prints and their characteristic tendency to walk, leaving front and rear tracks next to eachother, orcordingly!

    February 6, 2017 at 8:51 am

  35. Nannette

    I think those are River Otter tracks

    February 6, 2017 at 8:58 am

  36. I’m pretty sure, give the snow and ice, that this is one of the first New England humanoids coming out of the primordial stew but I may be wrong. Great photo—thanks, as always!

    February 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

  37. Peter Minnich

    coming out of the water…tail drag? Muskrat

    February 6, 2017 at 9:15 am

  38. Jen O'Donnell

    The third grade at Putney Central thinks it is an otter- we can’t wait to find out from you!

    February 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

  39. jarlenes@verizon.net

    My guess is th

    February 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

  40. Grace Bartlett

    I’m thinking a muskrat

    February 6, 2017 at 9:54 am

  41. betsy janeway

    Studying Olaus Murie’s Field Guide to Animal Tracks, only beaver wins this mystery photo. Tracks are too big for muskrat. Webbing on beaver’s hind foot is blurry in the wet snow at the water’s edge. I doubt that raccoon would voluntarily enter freezing water, and those don’t look like coon tracks to me. Besides, we all know Ms Holland can’t resist all things beaver, right?
    betsy janeway

    February 6, 2017 at 9:58 am

  42. Looks a lot like raccoon tracks to me.

    February 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

    • Oops, didn’t see size info; I’ll say muskrat. Way too small for beaver, plus the photo show tail drag.

      February 6, 2017 at 10:12 am

  43. I’ll say muskrat, based on the track and ice-hole to ice-hole location.

    February 6, 2017 at 10:23 am

  44. Ron Willoughby

    the Masked Bandit!

    February 6, 2017 at 10:50 am

  45. Susan

    Based on 5 digits on both hind and fore feet, long toes, size of tracks and presence of tail drag, I’m thinking muskrat.

    February 6, 2017 at 11:33 am

  46. Young beaver?

    February 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

  47. Mary Ginder

    Looks like a chilly, wet raccoon passed through!

    February 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

  48. Paula Haubrich

    raccoon

    February 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm

  49. Muskrat?

    February 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

  50. Jean Harrison

    muskrat – my first thought was raccoon

    February 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

  51. samanthadurfeephotography

    beaver

    February 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm

  52. Beaver.

    February 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

  53. Judy and Chris Ross

    Racoon!

    February 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

  54. Josie

    Perhaps a muskrat.

    February 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm

  55. Kathryn

    I’m thinking it was a creature yelling “help me!” as someone pulled him down into the dark lagoon…

    February 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm

  56. Mark Dindorf

    Beavers!

    February 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

  57. Mark Dindorf

    Mary,

    Nice Mystery Photo! Here’s a couple pictures taken Jan 20th in similar ice snow conditions on the Saco River in Crawford Notch. I reckon they are the same creature.

    Mark Dindorf

    February 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    • Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow your photos to be posted. I’d love to see them if you have time to send them to me at mholland@vermontel.net. Thanks!

      February 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm

  58. Sandy

    My students love these mystery photos. Beaver. Front hand on left. Hind foot on right

    February 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  59. Chris

    Wow this is a tough one. First I thought raccoon, but I’m going with otter!

    February 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

  60. Sue Jukosky

    My sixth graders and I think it was a raccoon based on the number of toes and the size of the prints. We considered a muskrat, but it didn’t have the right number of toes.

    February 6, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    • Sue Jukosky

      Also, my students wanted to know when this was taken.

      February 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm

  61. Ann

    Otter!

    February 6, 2017 at 9:09 pm

  62. donald hartford

    otter

    February 6, 2017 at 10:04 pm

  63. Raccoon

    February 7, 2017 at 4:56 am

  64. Sue Wetmore

    Muskrat tracks?

    February 7, 2017 at 5:09 am

  65. One of those flat tailed engineers with a slide rule.

    February 7, 2017 at 6:38 am

  66. Sam dunn

    I think it’s a river otter

    February 7, 2017 at 10:43 am

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