Tracks are captured in perfect detail on rafts and mink tracks are easily recognised (see below).
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers these tips on telling coyote tracks from dog tracks and cat tracks. Here in New England, it is the largest. Another nice mink track in sand. At left, a black bear’s paw print appears clearly in mud at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia. BOBCAT 3. BLACK BEAR 6. What’s a river otter? RED FOX 5. Tracks are as shown above, with pointed, pear shaped toes and claw marks often visible. Sheep tend to have more rounded ends to their tracks; if in doubt, look for wool on fences and bushes. Study the ground closely. Note the size of the track and whether it shows claw marks. COYOTE Originally prepared by Klir Beck Revised by Cindy House; 1975 Revised April 2017 14. With an adult weight of 15-30 lbs, this is one of the larger members of the weasel family (called mustelids). Mammal Tracks and Sign of North America by Mark Elbroch is the modern bible of animal track and sign identification. It has hundreds of color photos and precise track drawings. FISHER 11. The tracks most similar to mink are those of polecats, and at present we can offer no reliable rule to distinguish the two species from their tracks. Get down on your hands and knees. Therefore in the late 19 th century, they started breeding the American mink for its fur. The tracks most similar to mink are those of polecats, and at present we can offer no reliable rule to distinguish the two species from their tracks. It has hundreds of color photos and precise track drawings. MARTEN 12. DOG 7. About half of muntjac have the outer ‘slot’ longer than the inner. Mink Tracks: A pair of overlapping mink tracks in sand. One trick to prevent the mink from hopping over your trap, is to stick a small twig into the bank for them jump over and into your trap! Mink spend a lot of time traveling along the water’s edge, which is a great place to look for sign in the mud. ©PaulG2012 Mink Rafts and Traps Slide 1 Identifying Tracks : Mink • Mink – 2.5cm (1in) across (2.2-3.8cm), about as long as wide – 5 toe pads, usually only 4 show, sometimes fewer – toe pads in steep arc, often asymmetrically placed – often claw marks in front of toe pads giving tear-drop shape – heel pad usually fairly small Tracking opossum can be one adventure that you can pout and when you know what the tracks looks like, you will be in a much better position to know whether the tracks left are actually made by an opossum or not. CANADA LYNX 2. You may wish to make a sketch. One telltale sign is finding tracks in the snow, dirt, or mud around the property.