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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 17:13   #1
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Mammal Tracks, Massachusetts

Raccoon?
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 20:39   #2
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Surely too big for Raccoon?

How far between front and back legs, could it be a young Black Bear?
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not my area, but could they be from a Fisher
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By comparison with the hand for size, quite a big animal, size of approx a large dog. Five toes looks like a mustelid; does Wolverine occur in the area? Otherwise perhaps an American Badger or a River Otter?
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By comparison with the hand for size, quite a big animal, size of approx a large dog. Five toes looks like a mustelid; does Wolverine occur in the area? Otherwise perhaps an American Badger or a River Otter?
Wolverine crossed my mind too together with Porcupine.
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Old Wednesday 20th February 2019, 11:40   #6
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By comparison with the hand for size, quite a big animal, size of approx a large dog. Five toes looks like a mustelid; does Wolverine occur in the area? Otherwise perhaps an American Badger or a River Otter?
They don't seem terribly big to me tbh (unless the lady has huge hands, which I doubt). Also, seems like it's an animal that walks on its soles, so that should exclude a few possibilities.
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Wolverines are very rare almost anywhere in the U.S. and do not occur in the east. I thought of fisher too, but doesn't seem a close match with what I googled, but I'm not a track ID expert.
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Wolverines are very rare almost anywhere in the U.S. and do not occur in the east.
I agree, I'd also expect wolverine tracks to be wider.
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They don't seem terribly big to me tbh (unless the lady has huge hands, which I doubt). Also, seems like it's an animal that walks on its soles, so that should exclude a few possibilities.
I'd judge about 5-6 cm wide (about equal to a fairly large dog, perhaps Labrador size?) and 10-11 cm long. Could perhaps appear larger than originally though, due to snow thaw.
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I'd judge about 5-6 cm wide (about equal to a fairly large dog, perhaps Labrador size?) and 10-11 cm long. Could perhaps appear larger than originally though, due to snow thaw.
Note the ridge between the pad and the claws, most obvious in pic 3, not too many species have this.
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