Quiz #5: Mammal Tracks

I found these prints near the Ten Mile River in Plainville, MA. Who left them?  (Photo taken 4/24/12)

A. Red Fox

B. Eastern Gray Squirrel

C. Northern Raccoon

D. American Mink

When you are ready, scroll down for the answer…

A, B, and D are… incorrect.

C is… CORRECT!  The tracks belong to a Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor). The print on the left is from a front foot, while the one on the right is from a hind foot. Both show five digits. The 2×2 walking gait — where pairs of different sized prints (front & hind) alternate every 12″ or so — is common in raccoons and rarely found in other mammals.

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