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Monday, January 10, 2011
But is it Sylvia?
On our little walk today, Maggie an I encountered tracks like this wandering all over the back field. Before I even really had time to start thinking about what they might be the definite odor of fox made the walker obvious. Maggie checked out the scent too.
With long wandering strings of regular tracks, it's pretty obvious that a canine made these. The odor is what told me "fox." But just to verify, I looked to see if I could find any sort of a pattern of the foot. The snow is too deep to take a good impression, but you can see that there is definitely a paw-type shape, and not the cloven hoof marks of a deer.
We also found spots of urine- dark yellow-brown spots, not yellow "holes" in the snow like you would expect from a domestic dog (say a wandering neighborhood pet). But the last picture is the most fun.
These depressions are in one section of the fox tracks. Maybe the snow was a little deeper here, the fox was taking leaps and making these "tummy marks" instead of footprints!
But, the question is? Is it Sylvia