Anyone able to identify these tracks?

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bmay
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Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by bmay » July 3rd, 2020, 2:30 pm

I can't. There may not be enough to go on; it's on a gravel road, very little imprint
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. I noticed them when walking a logging road in the coastal range last weekend.

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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by Aimless » July 3rd, 2020, 3:59 pm

The size and those humanlike toes leads me to say 'bear'.

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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by texasbb » July 3rd, 2020, 4:13 pm

I see Batman. :)

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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by bmay » July 3rd, 2020, 4:37 pm

I was worried that it was bear. I'd much prefer batman.

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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by adamschneider » July 3rd, 2020, 4:56 pm

bmay wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 4:37 pm
I was worried that it was bear. I'd much prefer batman.
Are you kidding? You're in MUCH more danger from Batman than Oregon bears.

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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by retired jerry » July 3rd, 2020, 4:58 pm

Hard to tell but it looks too small for bear

Bears in oregon are fearful of humans, make sure you can quickly whip out your camera :)

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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by bmay » July 4th, 2020, 8:37 am

Thanks guys.

Yes, Adam, I am kidding; there is actually no such thing as batman.

Jerry, next time I will time the shot better so I get the critter instead of it's tracks; that'll really simplify the ID.

:)

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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by pcg » July 4th, 2020, 1:28 pm

I'm not sure what this is, but nothing indicates bear to me. My first thought is that this could be multiple registers of deer tracks. Gravel is usually a horrible subsrate for track ID. My sloppy drawing...
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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by retired jerry » July 4th, 2020, 2:37 pm

maybe raccoon????

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Re: Anyone able to identify these tracks?

Post by pcg » July 4th, 2020, 7:00 pm

I don’t believe so Jerry. In this hard-packed substrate I believe a raccoon walking would likely leave no sign. I think the thing that looks like a hand (which is too big for raccoon, and has incorrect toe arrangement for raccoon or bear) is not a single track, but several indirectly registered tracks from hoofed animals.
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