Animal tracks are always just plain fun!
Just place a pocket knife, coin etc next to your track to show size and depth!
|Gray Fox track from Lake Italy region in the Sierra Nevada|
The pic above is clearly from a "dog" or canine species and not a "cat" or feline species. Here are some tips on telling if your track is from a dog like a coyote or fox as opposed to a cat like a cougar or bobcat:
1-Canines have symmetrical prints, felines do not. ie in the "dog" print above, the toes are side by side, in a "cat," the "leading" toe or 2nd toe from inside would have been slightly higher giving the print an asymmetrical look to it.
2-Canines usually have claws out, felines often don't unless they are pouncing (click on the above pic to enlarge it and you can see the claws clearly)
3-Canines have 2 lobes (look at the very bottom of the above print), felines have 3
Wanna know how I decided this was a gray fox instead of a red fox? Gray foxes have less furry feet than a red fox so their toes show more clearly. A red fox's print would have been more fuzzy from their furry feet!
If you've got some great pics that we can all learn from like the one I took above, let me know and I'll post it, with credit to you of course...:)!