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Maggie
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:39 pm    Post subject: Unkown Tracks Reply with quote

Please help identify these tracks.
The first ones were taken in September on soft sandy loam we had spread out for a greenhouse we will be erecting in the spring.







It is hard to see but the tracks are about 4 1/2" wide and over 4" long

These were taken the other day same place after a big rainstorm had smooth the surface over again.






I wish I had remembered the tape measure but it is the same animal size track.


Both sets of tracks are following the deer tracks.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Looks like coyote to me...how close to your house? Do you have pets outside Question

Thanks for posting, and welcome...to Trackincats

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The location is about 175 ft from the house. The deer and this animal walked through the soft loamy soil of what will be a 48 ft X 26 ft greenhouse in the spring.
We have an artesian well, spring fed pond and a small orchard so deer and turkey are frequent visitors to our property.

I have 2 Border Collies but they are pets not working dogs so they are inside every night. they weigh 30 and 43 lbs and hardly leave a dent in the soil. So this animal is heavy.

When I said "both sets of tracks" in my original post I did not mean to imply there was more than one animal. I meant the tracks were in the same area taken at different times.

Thanks for clearing up the mystery for me
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO, tracks are too big and deep for coyote, Coyote tracks tend to be narrower than they are wide. My two weigh about 45 lbs, and their tracks are about 3in X 2in. If its a coyote, bar the windows, cause its a big mother!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bearman58 what do you think might have created the tracks if you do not think it was a coyote?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could easily be a large coyote. We have them around here that often weigh 55# and some have weighed over 60#.
The local trapper has taken one that was 75# and that one was taken in to NYDEC. They said coyote.
You need to remember Eastern Coyotes often have wolf blood in them so they can be quite large.

Those trqacks are a bit wide for coyote/wolf tracks. What kind of dogs do your neighbors have?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Down the road tied to a rope in her front yard one neighbor has a Basset hound
another has two rescues an Austrialian Cattle dog and an American bull dog ( restricted to the yard with an invisible fence.) As mine are.

My closest neighbor's son has a Westie mix breed ( little dust mop dog)
and at the other end of the road their is a Pitbull and a Sheltie.

I have never seen any of these dogs on our property. We live on a dead end road and we are the dead end.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a track expert so I can't say either way. Smile

In my opinion, considering where you live and knowing that it is a given that coyote are there, the safest choice is to assume that is what it is. Taking the safest route allows you to choose safe practices for pets, livestock, children and yourself.

Wouldn't hurt to let your neighbors know that its a possibility so they won't leave small pets and children unattended.

I say better safe than sorry.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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