Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Zoologist I'm Not

So I've had it with the scorpions and the mice, but at least this one wasn't inside the house.


Vince noticed these prints in our yard the other day, and now I'm becoming more and more curious to what type of animal made them. I thought raccoon, but he told me, "no, no, that looks more like a skunk to me". Well, he's the country boy, and I'm the suburb girl, so really, what do I know? Then just today, the kids were told by the builders across the street that they saw a bear, and were trying to capture photographic or video evidence of it. A bear? Here? As our friend Dave would say, "Are you shitting me?" So now I'm wondering if they were just pulling the kids legs or were they serious in their warnings to the children. Either way, there were either two of these animals, or one fairly large animal since the tracks were spaced a good foot and a half away from each other. And Vince did see a bobcat a couple weeks ago, but even I know enough to know these are not feline. And they don't look like bear tracks either. But the claws are freaking me out. For reference, the tracks are about 3 1/2 inches long, and 1 1/2 inches wide. So, anyone willing to venture a guess?

3 comments:

Lena said...

I am guessing it is something like a badger, raccoon, or armadillo. Maybe some little creature native to the area. Now I am curious about what made the tracks. You have to let us know when you find out.

Jessica said...

so have you asked some more locals yet about the tracks? I don't know what they are, but like armadillo--I do know they have nasty claws...

Dawn said...

I still don't know what made these tracks. Vince even went on this guy's web site who is a bear tracker, who has a bunch of pics of different animal tracks, but couldn't find a match.