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February 2018 Natural Mystery Answered

posted Mar 12, 2018, 10:41 AM by Minnesota Ki Society   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 10:44 AM ]
Our February Natural Mystery was a challenging track indeed. We received many excellent guesses, some with detailed explanations of the reasoning behind them. A few people got very close, but no one sent in a correct ID for both the species and the foot. What made this so tricky? Although the print was clear, it has a slightly uncommon form for the species and a very unusual size! The beast that made these tracks has been frequenting my yard lately and is by far the largest of this species I have ever seen. While identifying the single print in isolation was an extremely challenging task, I suspect that most of you will instantly recognize the track pattern.

I would like to offer a shout-out to Shankar Shivappa and Brendan White who both correctly guessed that the track was from a rabbit--but misidentified the foot. Oh so close!