Appalachia

Animal Track – What Is It?

Animal Track - What Is It?

The other day, when we were looking for arrowheads along the Hiwassee River, The Deer Hunter showed me the track above. Sort of looks like a little kid has been playing in the mud don’t it?

Do you know what made the track? Leave me a comment with your guess-and if you get it right I’ll throw your name in a hat for a giveaway.

Tipper

*giveaway ends Friday September 13, 2013.

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82 Comments

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    Rev. RB
    September 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    On second thought, I bet it’s that elusive beast – The Snipe that people are always hunting for but are never finding.
    😉
    Does anyone ever remember getting hooked into Snipe Hunting as a child? hee hee
    God bless.
    RB
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    Rev. RB
    September 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Our Dad often took us on walks through the woods down at our family camp near Tidioute, PA. It was very interesting to walk with Dad because he pointed out so many nature items and tracks he saw along the way.
    I believe a raccoon made that track. A beaver’s tracks, I believe, would show webbing between the toes.
    God bless.
    RB
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    John S.
    September 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Definitely raccoon. One of those scoundrels left their foot prints in white paint on my kitchen porch. How they got that brand new can of paint open is still a mystery.

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    Theresa
    September 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Raccoon is what it looks like to me.

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    Elizabeth
    September 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    The masked bandit himself (herself?)….the coon!

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    Buffy Lowe-Hyde
    September 6, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Now somebody else took my guess-a beaver. If she wins the prize, can I still have the hat?

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    Tim Mc
    September 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I believe it’s the ole Night Stalker him or herself the “Coon” use to hunt them when I was a boy full of energy, and didn’t need much sleep…

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    Patti Tappel
    September 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve sen them before on the river banks, they leave empty mussel shells everywhere, they are racoons!

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    Craig Lawhorne
    September 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I say they are raccoon tracks.

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    Wanda
    September 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Several yrs ago we had a freezer out on the back porch. We had a coon open the door twice. First time he got him a loaf of bread. Second time he found the frozen corn. AND he left the door open. I had spilled a bag of corn & didn’t clean it up very well. i think he must have smelled that & decided to check it out. We bricked up half way & screened in the porch but our cat, Fred, has made a hole he goes & comes through. We trapped & released three coons on the porch. Including the ones in the corn, I think that’s about 6 this yr.

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    Wanda
    September 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Racoon!! We trapped & released a number of them out of the sweet corn after they had a feast out there.

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    Lisa
    September 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I’m thinking opossum. Can’t wait to find out.
    Hope you’re enjoying this weather,
    Lisa

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    Jackie
    September 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Racoon. I caught two this year in my corn. I set the trap to try to catch the ground hog that keeps eating my tomatoes and melons as well as my apples and plums. So far I’ve caught two coons, one possom and a skunk. I guess I need to put a sign on it that says, “Groundhogs only”.

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    Bradley
    September 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Could be a Polecat or either an escaped Mongoose!

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    Judith
    September 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    The tracks are from the animal commonly known by the words people say when the creatures are found in the garden. “That Blamed Coon”….or something stronger!

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    Lola Howard
    September 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I’m guessing A BEAVER .IF I’M RIGHT DO I GET TO PICK WHAT I’D LIKE TO HAVE ?
    OK I’D LIKE TO HEAR PAP AND PAUL SING, LIFE’S RAILWAY TO HEAVEN ,AND PLEASE TELL THEM TO LIFT THEIR HEADS FROM TIME TO TIME SO I CAN WATCH THEM SING.

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    Dian
    September 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Red Squirell or coon

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    Ed Ammons
    September 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    It would be a blessing to have those coons that eat half your sweetcorn. Around here they eat it all.

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    Ruth B
    September 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Looks like coon tracks to me too.

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    Howland
    September 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I’m gonna join the crowd and vote for the ‘coon; my hat size is 7 1/4…

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    Elbert Hussenpuffer
    September 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    That picture is of the spoor of a little known animal that lives only along the the banks of a very short stretch of the river there in Cherokee County. In fact the name of river comes from the Indian word for the creature. That, my dear, is the illusive Hiawassee. You and the Mr. are lucky to have seen even its tracks. Very few people have ever heard of, much less seen it. Did you happen to notice its back tracks? Were they in pairs on both sides. I don’t have positive proof but some people claim to have seen them with two feet on each side in the back. Like a dually. Scientists claim that they have evolved this extra set of legs because they live in wet areas along the river and don’t get stuck in the mud so much.
    I saw a picture of the Hiawassee in a book once. I think it was written by a doctor. I don’t remember his first name but I’m pretty sure his last name was Seuss.

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    Rooney Floyd
    September 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Now, I have a question for you. What animal family does the racoon belong to? (It is not the same family as a dog or cat.) The word “racoon”, that we use, is derived from a similar sounding Indian word that means “little bear”. If you think about it, they walk and act a lot like a bear.

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    Shelia
    September 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I think it’s a ‘coon.

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    Sandra B.
    September 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Coon I’m pretty sure.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    September 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    BEAR? Those east Tennessee folks are all the time worried and skeard about bears. I think these are donkey tracks!
    Eva Nell
    p.s. We will be at the Old Courthouse TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

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    Ken Roper
    September 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Tipper,
    Looks like a coon track to me.
    A family of them boogers can
    absolutely destroy your corn patch.
    And they know before you do when
    it’s ripe…Ken

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    Julie Hughes
    September 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I had two pet coons as a kid. I named them Oscar 1 and Oscar 2 (not much imagination for a 5 yr) Based upon that, I think it looks like coon paws to me.

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    Penny
    September 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

    or wait…now that I think about it, I can’t really tell the difference between racoon and opossum paw prints, unless I see the back foot prints…so maybe your picture is of the Possum! Hmmm tiz a puzzlement.

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    Sherry
    September 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    That’s a raccoon sure as anything!

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    Penny
    September 5, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Racoon! We have those hanging around in our yard up here in Western Washington on an island in the Sound. I was so surprised to see that. Also deer and opossum!

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    Michele Langston
    September 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    looks like a raccoon 🙂

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    Buffy Lowe-Hyde
    September 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I know what it is but I don’t want to say yet because nobody who has guessed yet has got it right and if nobody else gets it, my name will be the only one in the hat. If I win can I have the hat too?

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    Tamela
    September 5, 2013 at 11:03 am

    After doing a little web research, I now vote with mink. Did the web serve me well?

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    Tamela
    September 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

    My first thought was coon also: the pad is distinct but the fingers seem a bit short. My other thought was possum: fingers are a little spread and are usually a bit shorter than a coon but don’t usually have such a distinct pad.
    Don’s song gave me my first giggle of the day. (Thanks!) Where can I hear the melody?
    My father-in-law used to feed raccoons on his porch. He bought dog food and put it out each morning. His first one grew to a 3 or 4 or more generation family of 12 or so. This went on for 4 or 5 years. The neighbors complained because when in-laws went on vacation, the racoons searched elsewhere in the neighborhood for food. It wasn’t until the coons started opening the screen sliding door near where my semi-invalid mother-in-law liked to sit that father-in-law decided making pets of coons may not have been such a good idea. Had to hire trappers to catch and move (don’t know where) the entire lot! Think the neighbors had a party for the trappers!!

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    Mel H.
    September 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Grampus

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    Connie Cochran
    September 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Now I am thinking it might be squirrel tracks. 🙂

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    Mike McLain
    September 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Looks like raccoon to me.

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    Wanda in NoAla
    September 5, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Coon. Call the coon dogs!

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    Sue Crane
    September 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Coon, of course!!!

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    Connie Cochran
    September 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good morning, my guess is a fox foot print in the mud. Looking for foot prints on our property is a fun past time. We have a dirt + sand area and it makes for good impressions.

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    Lise
    September 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I’m with the majority, seems to be coon.

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    Charlotte
    September 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I also think it’s a raccoon track. There are hundreds of tracks in the barns where I feed my cats. They sometimes climb the ladders on our chicken house feed bins, open the lids and go inside to eat, then can’t get out; they’re not so pretty when we find them at the bottom of the bins!

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    B.L.Horne
    September 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Has to be coon …

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    speshell ed
    September 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

    im purty shore itsa babee dinasore. i seen the same pitcher on the discufree chanel.

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    Bob Aufdemberge
    September 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Not much doubt it’s a raccoon track.

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    Bella Ross
    September 5, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Tipper, This is definitely a raccoon track. My great grandmother believed that unborn children could be marked before birth by certain something that happened while the mother was pregnant. Thus a raccoon jumped on my mommas’ lap & scared her now I am forever marked with the raccoon paw print on my upper left thigh.

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    Bill Burnett
    September 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Looks like a Raccoon.

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    Ron Banks
    September 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

    That would be a raccoon, aka the Ringed Tail Bandit .

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    Shirla
    September 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    It looks like a raccoon’s paw prints. The same print can be found in my garden after a rain. I heard they will climb corn stalks and eat anything the deer might leave behind. They are cute though.

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    Rooney Floyd
    September 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    ‘Coon track. They look like a babys’ hand.

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    Ray P. Algee
    September 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

    This doesn’t narrow it down much, but something from the weasel family – mink, etc.

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    Angela
    September 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I’m guessing those are raccoon tracks.

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    Ken Kuhlmann
    September 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

    The track is that of a raccoon the masked bandit of the woods.

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    Rhonda
    September 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Looks like a coon track to me!!

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    Kerry in GA
    September 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Coon tracks. 🙂

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    Don Casada
    September 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

    One day a raccoon passed by my way,
    I shot him and right there he fell.
    Being civic and high fashion-minded,
    I reached down and cut off his tail.
    (Chorus)
    Now the raccoon’s a right purty creature,
    But he sure ain’t no friend of mine;
    He eats half my corn ever’ summer
    And steals my hens aigs all the time.
    I hung that tail on my antenna –
    Now don’t it just make my car shine?
    Ever’ time I drive past my old hound dogs,
    Well they just rar back and whine.
    (Chorus)
    Now if you’re going wild hog or bear hunting,
    Good luck boys, I wish you well.
    But if you’re after that sorry old raccoon,
    I hope that you blow him to ….somewhere
    (Chorus)

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    Tommy Lee Stokes
    September 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Racoon

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    Pat in east TN
    September 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

    A muskrat?

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    Tracy
    September 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

    A bear!

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    dolores
    September 5, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Ah ha! Mystery tracks – I think maybe they might be turkey tracks or some sort of fowl. Good game for a Thursday!

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    Jim Casada
    September 5, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Tipper–Although I don’t have anything other than a leaf in the photo for real size comparison, I’m little short of certain that track belonged to Br’er ‘Coon. The shape is right, as is the location (‘coons love to wander around on the edges of branches and creeks looking for stuff to eat).
    ‘Coon hunters in today’s world seldom kill their prey, but roasted young ‘coon makes mighty fine eating. They can also be quite destructive. Let them get into a patch of corn just coming “into milk” or a grape arbor and you’ll soon enough know what I mean. They are also pure poison on the eggs of gallinaceous (ground nesting) birds, so much so that game managers on some plantations and hunting preserves hire predator control experts to get rid of them.
    I’ll hush, because that’s a whole lot more answer than you asked for (although I’ll virtually guarantee that the Deer Hunter is familiar with everything I’ve said).
    Jim Casada

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    Wendy
    September 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Looks like a raccoon print.

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    Jane Bolden
    September 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Raccoon

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    Joyce Mullikin
    September 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I think it’s a raccoon.

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    Ronald Weddle
    September 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Raccoon

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    Uncle al
    September 5, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Why it’s an old coon. Well maybe a young one.

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    Miss Cindy
    September 5, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Looks like some member of the cat family. The Deer Hunter always studied books and magazines to learn about everything outside.

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    Judy Mincey
    September 5, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Raccoons are cute little pests. Cute down by the river; pests in the garden. A team broke into a vacation cabin where my dad and uncles were staying on a fishing trip and stole an entire coconut cake!

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    Joe Mode
    September 5, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Looks like a two footed raccoon to me.

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    Charles
    September 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Dog track.
    Charles

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    Ken Ryan
    September 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Looks like a coon track

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    Lonnie Baker
    September 5, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Its hard to judge the size. Looks like the front feet of a racoon but it could be a ground hog.

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    Sheryl Paul
    September 5, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Im guessing a raccoon

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    Patty Hall
    September 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Coon! Cute little buggers. We went camping a coule weekends ago and had one visit our campsite.

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    Vernon Kimsey
    September 5, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Otter tracks?

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    Ed Ammons
    September 5, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Looks like a coon to me.

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    Quinn
    September 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Looks like a raccoon to me, and thank you very much for keeping even ONE of them away from my place! 😉

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    PinnacleCreek
    September 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I have no clue on this, but love my name in the hat. Could it be a large bird such as a buzzard?

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    Richard Beauchamp
    September 5, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Looks like a mink track, although I have not seen one in a long time

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    Stephen Ammons
    September 5, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Tipper if I am not sadly mistaken what you have there is a raccoon track and what you are seeing is the front paw track.

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    Gina S
    September 5, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Looks like a rascally raccoon walked in the field. I doubt he was searching for arrowheads, though.

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    Kim Stalcup
    September 5, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Looks like raccoon tracks!! 🙂

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