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Mink and Fisher Tracks

1-16-19 fisher and mink tracks img_2238As members of the weasel family (Mustelidae), Fishers and Mink have five toes on both front and back feet. Often all five digits do not register, but in prime tracking snow, you can sometimes see them. Typically, mink tracks are found near a body of water, and fisher tracks are found under a canopy, not in the open. Where you have both water and trees, it’s possible to see signs of both animals.

In general, the larger the animal, the larger its tracks. Mink weigh one to three pounds; fishers four to eighteen pounds. In this photograph, the mink tracks (smaller, in the middle) are heading towards the top of the photograph, and the fisher tracks (top most and bottom most) are heading towards the bottom of the photograph. They were both traveling on a frozen woodland stream.

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7 responses

  1. Wonderful photo, Mary! So cool!
    About how big are the fisher prints, to know when I see them alone?
    Thanks for another uplifting start to my day! – Dell

    January 14, 2019 at 8:07 am

    • Hi Dell,
      Sorry I didn’t give them in the post! Fisher front tracks are roughly 2-4 inches long and 1 1/2 – 3 1/2 inches wide. Hind tracks are roughly 2 – 4 1/2 inches long and 2-3 inches wide.

      January 14, 2019 at 11:16 am

  2. Frances Howes

    Excellent! Waiting for some snow to see if the alter is still around. Hugs, Pogo

    Sent from my iPad


    January 14, 2019 at 9:46 am

  3. peggythebaker

    Wonderful photo of mink and fisher prints! On my morning walk, I saw a mink popping its head up out of hole in the snow at the edge of a creek. There were tracks nearby but they were indistinct.

    January 14, 2019 at 10:25 am

    • Fantastic, Peggy. My sightings of mink have been far and few!

      January 14, 2019 at 11:14 am

  4. Alice Pratt

    How great to see tracks.

    January 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm

  5. Leah

    Mary a what wonderful treat this photo is, delicate well-preserved beauty and two lives overlapping in winter. Thank you for bringing these moments to my breakfast table.

    January 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm

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