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  1. Yeah these are canine, not feline. Some folks forget that claws are not the only way to tell them apart. The triangular palm pad and negative space X are telling. These are from 2 different dogs. Probably domestic, at least the bigger one, as it’s very round and splayed, and the one claw that does show is quite thick.

  2. I think that’s a neighborhood kitty. Round, asymmetric, no claws, and 3 humps on the back of the palm pad. Gait is typical in pic 3 as well.

  3. Super black bear tracks. That’s what’s great about tracking…seeing what else is around right under our noses that we hardly ever see.

  4. I agree with the gist of the other comments here. Doesn’t look wolf to me. I see lots of wolf tracks here in MT. These are too splayed, not blocky enough in the toes, and not generally big enough to be wolf.

  5. These are cool tracks, but a little melted out, making the details a little hazy. Other pics with gait series works be very helpful. They do appear mustelid. Without size reference it is very difficult to differentiate fisher and marten. Even so, there is significant overlap in sizes between these two. Just based on fisher rarity, I’d say these are more likely marten, but really could be either one.

  6. The claws are definitely there, faint but visible especially in the two near prints.

  7. I fully respect your answer. You’re probably right, but I can’t get past how asymmetrical these tracks are. Three toes off on one side of the track just screams feline to me. Great commentary on some of the other posts lately, by the way.

  8. That link I posted in my main comment shows that the grey fox front track is asymmetrical - and I never would have noticed if it wasn't for your comment!

  9. I'm gonna disagree - I think this is weasel. The nearest print almost looks like a mini dog print - the small toe on a weasel hind print doesn't always show, and the five toes in the next print are not evenly splayed at a squirrel's would be. The footfalls would also be unusual for a squirrel.

  10. I’m going to stick with my original answer, but I appreciate your take on these. Better pics might prove you right :)

  11. You’ve got a couple things going on there. There are snowshoe hare and there are red squirrel (best in pic 3).

  12. You’re correct. It’s a grouse. Turkey have much longer and skinnier toes. Turkey stride length is also much longer. Grouse grow “snowshoes” in the winter - scaly pectinations that make their toes look fat.

  13. I can see why you’re confused. Even though no claws showing, this is a canine, probably domestic. Symmetric track with negative space X is telling. Big splayed toes and triangular palm pad also helpful.

  14. More of a negative space v in this case then huh? Idk things are different sometimes, cool that people are still so fast.

  15. I’ll also plug Douglas Chadwick’s book, “The Wolverine Way.” It is a great read.

  16. Going to need more pics and scale if you want more definitive evaluation. At this point it screams beaver. Flat tail drag, hind track looks right too, with prominent claw digging into dirt as is typical. Keep in mind there is a lot of disturbance here and different aged trails, so you’re not going to see pristine tracks.

  17. Sorry was trying to have a little fun with it. Might have made it a little too difficult. It’s actually an alligator slide

  18. No need to apologize. That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing. Being from the Rockies, that was not even on my radar.

  19. Could be body marks from a mid-sized canine. But I agree, my first thought was snowshoes.

  20. Edit: OP states above tree line, so I think a ground squirrel would fit here too. They’re a bit bigger usually, but could fit here as well. Habitat is half the solution…

  21. Usually ground squirrels are in hibernation this time of year, I did some research and I think it was an Ermine or some sort of weasel

  22. Sure doesn’t look like that at all. Wrong gait and wrong tracks. It’s a rodent of some sort for sure.

  23. I can’t exactly tell what we’re looking at here or what size it is, but it looks like a vole hole at first glance.

  24. Almost certainly a domestic dog given the splay of the toes, roundness of the track, and thick nails.

  25. Depending on size, that’s likely a squirrel. Rodents have 4 digits on front track and 5 on hind tracks. The two carpal pads on the front tracks are pretty diagnostic for rodents as well, and these larger sized ones are common on squirrels.

  26. They’re maybe about an inch or so wide. Need to start bringing a 6” ruler around when I go on walks!

  27. I keep a credit card sized ruler in my wallet. That way I’ve always got it. That size is good for an eastern gray squirrel.

  28. That’s a moose, not an elk. Big tracks, big dew claws showing. Any ungulate over 6” and most over 5”, will be moose.

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