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1) The bird track is from an American Crow, who does the other track belong to?

2) What is the sex of the animal?

3) Who?

4) Gait, is this the normal gait for this animal?

5) Who?

6) Left or right foot?

7) Who?

8) Left or right foot?

9) Who?

10) Gait?

11) Who?

12) Who?

13) Who made this?  hint-full of blackberries....

14) Who?

15) Why?

16) Who left this?

17) Who?

Good luck!

J. Stellers

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1) Bobcat

2) Male

3) Pacific Jumping Mouse

4) Angled bound, yes this is its typical gait

5) Robin

6) Right

7) Black Bear

8) Right front

9) Elk

10) 1-2-1 lope

11) Muskrat

12) Raven? This one gave me a really hard time

13) Coyote

14) Douglas Squirrel

15) The size puts makes me think doug squirrel and is probably too big for a rat. The large negative space between the toes and pad are squirrel like, as well as the dainty claws detached from the toes. The orientation of toes 1 & 5 on the hind look more squirrel like, a rat's toe 1 & 5 shoot off to the sides more and are in line with the pad.

16) Coyote

17) Black Bear



Pacific jumping mouse

a normal gait when moving from one place to another

american dipper

left foot




no idea on this- looks like a frog or toad- don't think it is a bird- must be another jumping mouse


eastern gray squirrel?

I am not sure there is enough context to answer why- maybe it is walking or trotting


black bear

how did I do?

I think I understand the why question now.  It is an eastern gray squirrel because the track is registered pretty deep and there are no toe to pad connections showing, which would be indicative of a doug squirrel.  The front foot looks like it is about 1 1/4 inch long without the "ball" pads, which makes me think it is too large for a doug squirrel.  The pads themselves look  more like gray squirrel pads to me because of the shape.  

I think 12 is a bullfrog and I think 10 is a pronk

1. Bobcat

2. Not sure about male or female. I read about some of the morphological differences, but still feel pretty uncertain. Toes robust and rounder (male), or smaller, narrower, more oval shaped (female)? I think there would be more negative space between the heel and toe pads on a female, so... male?

3. Pacific Jumping Mouse. Front tracks positioned slightly outward. Toe 1 on hinds is clearly lowest, smallest, points inward.

4. Typical bound

5. Robin. The outward curve of toes 2 and 4 helps distinguish the robin's tracks.

6. Right foot

7. Black bear

8. Left foot (toe 1 is smallest, opposite of humans)

9. Deer (mule or blacktail...?)

10. Close grouping, deep impact (dew claws showing), and position of hinds just a little in front of the fronts make me think it's a pronk

11. Muskrat - you can see the shelving

12. No idea about this one. Frogs? (It's so odd looking, makes me think of the implexus tracks we saw earlier...?) What's that deep groove? 

13. Racoon scat

14. Some kind of squirrel? But what's up with the toes of the hind foot? Are there two that are overlapping?

15. Coyote, given size and twistedness

16. Black bear

Thanks for posting quizzes here! I found the process of doing this super helpful.

great job Guys, below I will post what I believe are the answers.

1- bobcat

2- overall size, teardrop shaped toes, more negative space between toes and pad on hind foot, more negative space between toe pads on hind foot, and toes are longer than wide

3- jumping mouse

4- bound

5- tricky....the size is at the top length for dipper 1 15/16.  Dipper tracks are more slender than robin who have bulbous toe pads.  The tracks were also found near water.  I would say dipper...

6- right

7- bear

8- right

9- deer

10- pronk

11- muskrat

12- bullfrog

13- raccoon

14- squirrel...

douglas squirrel front tracks 1- 1 1/4 inch in length x 1 inch wide

toe one typically registers in tracks

digital pads often connect with the palm pad

Gray front 1 1/4- 2 in L x 5/8-1 3/8 in W

toe one rarely register

large doug or small gray?

16- coyote, squash

17- me.... goes...snow day...tracking quiz from yesterday fresh in my mind...

1) Definitely a cat. No claws, pad has M shape to it, negative C space.  How do you tell which type of cat?  Size compared to the crow track says to me it is a smaller to medium size cat.  Along the Skykomish River?  What is down there?

2) I think this is a female.  There is a lot of negative space between the pad and toes.  And the track seems a bit asymmetrical to me.

3) Classic rodent structure, long toes.  Jumping Mouse

4) Bound - yep!

5) Classic bird structure of 1 toe behind and 3 facing forward.  2" long.  Sparrow?  Maybe a Robin actually...banana peel toes curing outward on #2 & 4

6) Right

7) Black Bear

8) Right again

9) Deer

10) I thought walk initially but then the tracks seem too close together and the impressions really deep with the dewclaws showing up.  Pronk.

11) Vole?  I have no idea.

12) This looks like the bullfrog from yesterday's slideshow with the inwardly curving toes, but didn't the toad have drag marks?  Not sure which this is.

13) Too small for black bear which was my first thought.  I'm going to go with Raccoon.

14) Shrew or weasel?  Not enough toes on the one track.  Maybe didn't register?  Looks like 4 and 5 toes.  Rodent of some kind?


16) Coyote.  twisted ends, varied diet

17) Is this a small bear?  Next to a hand it seems too small for an adult bear.  Not sure.  I see claws out front and toes and a wide pad.

Kristian, make sure you look at Jay's answers.  They are posted just before your response above.

1) Bobcat

2) female

3) jumping mouse

4) bound - I don't know. Don't they jump? LOL. 

5) dipper

6) right

7) black bear

8) RF

9) black-tailed deer

10) maybe stott or pronk, but foot placement doesn't look right

11) muskrat

12) frog

13) raccoon or skunk

14) tree squirrel, probably Douglas'

15) placement and orientation of front toes, can't see toe #1 really well, which would say Douglas'

16) gray fox

17) black bear cub

1) Bobcat

2) Male, greater negative space and asymmetry

3) Vole

4) Trot

5) American Dipper, tips of toes thinner than robin

6) Right

7) Small Black Bear

8) Left

9) Black Tail Deer

10) Pronk?

11) Bullfrog

12) Muskrat, size, classic rodent structure, shelfing from bristly hairs

13) Raccoon

14) Grey Squirrel

15) On the ground, does not appear to be in forested area, size of the front looks like it would be large for a douglas squirrel

16) Really not sure, tough to tell contents from photo. Domestic Dog is usually more uniform but that's not a rule. Looks big for Racoon. Is it coyote feeding of something soft?

17) Black Bear

Hi Guys,

I posted the answers on Jan 6th if you want to check....

However, I was wrong  #8 is a left front



8 is a left front? What? I'm so confused. I guess I am not seeing it. :) Help?


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