Name that animal track!

Matthew, who loves quizzes, insisted that I post this tw**t. He says “n.b. the scale is in centimeters, so it’s very big!”

I’ll let him post the answer in a few hours. He adds, “Don’t go looking! Guess!”

27 Comments

  1. Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I’m going to say gray wolf (looks like a badge I had as a Cub Scout).

    • eric
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      Good guess. Since we see sharp clawtips I would guess it’s probably not a mountain lion or lynx or other cat. Maybe a bear would be a good guess too?

      • Dominic
        Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

        Bears are longer in the foot I think…

      • W.Benson
        Posted February 8, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

        I don’t think a mountain lion or lynx print would show claws.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Yes! It was ringing a bell!

  2. Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I wish it was some kind of felid; but, I would probably be in error…

  3. Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Clearly a canid. Coyote or wolf.

    • Posted February 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      Judging by its size, it would be either a large wolf or dog. Definitely not any sort of cat, raccoon, otter, or bear.

  4. Janet
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    raccoon

    • Kevin
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Big raccoon.

  5. Art
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Wolverine or otter?

    • darrelle
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      My 1st & 2nd guesses as well. I lean toward wolverine because I’m thinking that the definition and height of the ridges between the toes precludes webbed paws.

    • ChrisB
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      Mustelids have all five toes on the ground, but I see only four toes in the picture.

  6. Geoff Toscano
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    It’s a starfish covered in soil.

  7. Dominic
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    10 cm – size of a human hand – last time I saw a wolverine it was in a zoo & I was 9 so I cannot recall how big they are, but it is fairly heavy. N

    Front left foot of a wolf…? 😉

  8. Diana MacPherson
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    A forest star fish!!

    • Dominic
      Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:25 am | Permalink

      Close, but no cigar 🙂 x

  9. mikeyc
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Looks like an otter to me. Or a weasel of some kind.

  10. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I will go along with others to say wolf track. Wolverines have longer claws & I think they would show 5 digits (but I have not checked that).

    • darrelle
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      You’re right, I was wrong above. This track is clearly not wolverine or otter. I think that pretty much leaves wolf or coyote. By the size I’d say wolf.

      Toe count also rules out bear.

  11. Posted February 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Gray wolf.

  12. busterggi
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Bigfoot’s dog.

    Its a big dog.

  13. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s a bearcat. There are many of them at Northwest Missouri State U.

  14. jrhs
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Werewolf (since a wild guess is allowed. :))

    • ChrisB
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Maybe a crocoduck!

  15. Robert
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    It’s a river otter track, I think.

  16. Mike
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    It has a look of a Wolf Track.


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