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Friday, September 4, 2009

Makin' Tracks

 
wolf track?

Here's a puzzle that we probably can't figure out for sure. But since we've had so much fun with tracks here, I'm offering it for discussion. This canine track was in the trail in northern Minnesota. Is it a wolf, or just a very large dog?

Well, I had enough sense to put my jackknife beside it when I took the picture. The knife measures 3.75 inches in length (not counting the loop), closed as you see it. The International Wolf Center says that an average adult wolf track is 4.5 inches long, and only a very few breeds of dogs have tracks this large. What about the stride? There was only this one print in the trail, so I have no way to measure the stride.

wolf track?

Where is the International Wolf Center? Would you believe that it located in Ely, Minnesota. There are approximately 3000 wolves in northern Minnesota and the population there has been stable for over ten years. So it's entirely possible that a wolf track would be found there.

I can't help but make a little joke about my efforts to make tracks here at home. I've been working really hard to get caught up on all the dozens of things that were neglected while I was out hiking. I'm doing better than some homecomings at staying disciplined.

But looking at animal tracks is lots more fun than tracking my tasks!


See One More Trail Story for beaver tracks
See Our Common Mustelid for skunk tracks
See International Wolf Center

6 comments:

Julia said...

Cool! I hope it was a wolf!

Icy BC said...

I have no idea about tracking at all, this is really interesting to see, and learn..

SANDY said...

Stopped in to say thanks for placing the advert, it's appreciated. I'm terrible at puzzles...all kind of puzzles they make me irritable. Good luck though to your trackers.

Daniel Boone would be proud.

Sandy

Auntie E said...

Only one single track? hummm.. sounds odd. Something would have had to be able to jump. My guess is A Mountain Lion,and it looks like a front foot.

Ratty said...

I read somewhere on the web that dogs and their wild cousins tracks have a slightly different pattern between the toes and the heel. One forms an X pattern and the other doesn't quite. I remember looking at a dog print though and I couldn't tell.

betchai said...

hmmm, i definitely can relate why tracing animal tracks can be a lot more fun than tracking our tasks :(

I too am so behind my tasks :(

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