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A favorite past-time of many people who traverse woods and fields in winter is deciphering the tracks that they come across. Do you know who or what made this track? (Hint: diameter = 5โ€)

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67 responses

  1. Lily Belisle

    fat bike?

    February 7, 2018 at 8:09 am

  2. shiela swett

    I suspect those are the fat tire of a winter bicycle?? Hmmm… NOT an animal…

    February 7, 2018 at 8:10 am

  3. Wow it’s so even-like it appears like a tread of some sort.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:11 am

  4. Julir

    Rolling pine cone

    February 7, 2018 at 8:11 am

  5. Sandy

    Wow. Good one. Have no idea. Can’t wait to find out.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:12 am

  6. Audrey C. Hyson

    mystery photo is a fat tire snow bike.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:12 am

  7. Candace Maher

    I just took the same picture! It is the imprint of a pine cone that was pushed along by the wind! At first I thought it was a bicyclist in the woods but then the pattern disappeared. I looked closer and saw that the pattern stopped at a pinecone.

    >

    February 7, 2018 at 8:13 am

  8. Elizabeth Hawes

    Looks like a fat-tire bike.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:14 am

    • Not deep enough for a bike with a person on it.

      February 7, 2018 at 8:19 am

      • Laurie Spry

        wow, I like the pine cone guess!

        February 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm

  9. Sue Wetmore

    Looks like a fat bike tire track or a stampede of a crowd of rodents!

    February 7, 2018 at 8:16 am

  10. Diane

    snowshoes?

    February 7, 2018 at 8:20 am

  11. Rachael Shaw

    That looks like what I always call a mouse highway?

    February 7, 2018 at 8:21 am

  12. Joy

    My guess…fat tire track.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:22 am

  13. David Thomas-Train

    Just what I was going to say: a mousie caravan; saw a bunch of them yesterday.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:27 am

  14. Dianne Rochford

    underside of a beaver tail..I know 5″ width is a bit small, but…….

    February 7, 2018 at 8:31 am

  15. Marilyn

    Too even for anything(s) live. Bike would probably show two tracks. I hadn’t thought of pine cone: the diagonal pattern and the shape of each indebtation fit that concept.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:31 am

  16. Juliet Barash

    A bike track?

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    February 7, 2018 at 8:36 am

  17. Pinecone

    February 7, 2018 at 8:38 am

  18. Jean Dedam

    A herd of mice comes to mind following their fearless leader.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:41 am

  19. Peter Minnich

    It’s the track of the dreaded winter beast – the fat-tire bike!

    February 7, 2018 at 8:47 am

  20. nicky pizzo

    rolling white pine cone

    February 7, 2018 at 8:49 am

  21. Tom Farmer

    What do you mean by diameter? Assuming you mean 5 inches from side to side, I would have to assume this is the work of a sidewinding snow snake.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:51 am

    • Bill On The Hill...

      Oh rats, you stole my answer of a ” reticulated snow snake “! lol…
      Bill Farr… ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 7, 2018 at 11:07 am

  22. Definitely from a rolling conifer seed cone. The spiral arrangement of the scales would leave that distinctive pattern.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:52 am

  23. A pinecone rolling in the snow.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:53 am

  24. Nancy N. Childs

    a pine cone rolling across the snow….

    February 7, 2018 at 9:00 am

  25. Guy Stoye

    I was stumped. Have to admit I never thought of the rolling cone idea but that has to be it-
    an open cone from a white pine left from last season. Congrats to the folks who thought of this!

    February 7, 2018 at 9:01 am

  26. Chris Rollins

    I would guess a wind blown White pine cone. I see the white pine needle on the snow.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:07 am

  27. Chris Rollins

    I would guess a wind blown White pine cone. I see the white pine needle on the snow.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:07 am

  28. Oh what fun. I can see many answers (guesses) ahead of me. I agree it is too regular to be multiple traverses by mice or birds. I think a fat-tire bike would have depressed (compacted) the snow into a trough while imprinting that pattern. I like the pine-cone rolling … but it would have to be an exfoliated cone with up-lifted scales. Great picture…. a most unlikely find.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:08 am

  29. Debra Kraemer

    Pine cone rolling in the breeze

    February 7, 2018 at 9:18 am

  30. Josie

    Norway spruce or pine cone rolling along.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:28 am

  31. Susan Johnsoin

    pine cone rolling in the snow

    February 7, 2018 at 9:31 am

  32. We’ve certainly had plenty of wind for the rolling cone idea!

    February 7, 2018 at 9:35 am

  33. Susan Fraser

    Diameter? is 5″? Maybe a large, open cone. Maybe the tread of a 5″ wheel on a baby buggy or some cart. The snow looks icy, maybe not too deep. Hmm, can’t wait for the answer.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:47 am

  34. I am going with the wind driven pine cone as I see pine needles there as well.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:49 am

  35. Chad Wohlers

    It’s from a rolling pine cone. My friend Susan S. took a picture just like this a couple of weeks ago. Like this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cwohlers/28354104419.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:55 am

  36. Phil Fitzpatrick

    Bicycle track of snow bike with appropriately fat tires.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:58 am

  37. Richard Greene

    fat tire bicycle

    February 7, 2018 at 10:04 am

  38. Jennifer Waite

    An alligator fell asleep under the snow ๐Ÿ™‚
    (or a pine cone wafting in the breeze)

    February 7, 2018 at 10:06 am

  39. Kathryn

    A rolling armadillo?

    February 7, 2018 at 10:07 am

  40. Josh Wood

    Rolling Pine cone would do that.

    February 7, 2018 at 10:09 am

  41. Kathy Schillemat

    bike or beaver tail? but I think I agree with Josh.

    February 7, 2018 at 10:16 am

  42. Deb Cushman

    a rolling pine cone?

    February 7, 2018 at 10:28 am

  43. Sue jukosky

    Giant snow snake!

    February 7, 2018 at 10:32 am

  44. Margaret

    Con-i-fer-ny rolling across the snow like this! Yipee!

    February 7, 2018 at 10:35 am

  45. A herd of Mice wearing pine cone snowshoes … In other words … No idea. I look forward to learning the truth.

    February 7, 2018 at 10:35 am

  46. Kiya

    One of the most common tracks in our city trails! Fat tire bikes!

    February 7, 2018 at 10:37 am

  47. Meredith

    Fat snow bike tire

    February 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

  48. Nancy Maynard

    Pine cone rolling in the wind. I saw some just like this earlier this week.

    February 7, 2018 at 10:43 am

  49. betsy

    bike – maybe being walked

    February 7, 2018 at 11:00 am

  50. Fat bike tires for sure. We share the trails with them in the woods by our house and they seem a benevolent group.

    February 7, 2018 at 11:17 am

  51. Side-winder rattlesnake

    February 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm

  52. Ruthie Ireland

    Fat Bike Tire Tracks!

    February 7, 2018 at 1:03 pm

  53. Nancy Clark

    Snowshoe

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    February 7, 2018 at 1:35 pm

  54. Sylvie Desautels

    a fat bike

    February 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

  55. s thomas

    rolling pinecone?

    February 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm

  56. Any regular Gatineau Park user will know this one. Fat bike.

    February 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

  57. Alice Pratt

    Snowy Owl on a unicycle

    February 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

  58. James Macneil

    Looks like a wheel tread.

    February 7, 2018 at 5:12 pm

  59. fat-tire all-terrain bike

    February 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm

  60. Dennis Card

    Phat tire snow bike.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:16 pm

  61. Sally

    An octofox.

    February 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm

  62. linda shelvey

    Hmm, 5” diameter would be a big pinecone. SO, it must be a new dog toy for Greta!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 8, 2018 at 8:41 am

  63. Paula Haubrich

    tracks left by an off-road bike?

    February 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm

  64. tim irvin

    My guess is multiple rodent trails

    February 9, 2018 at 11:12 am

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