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Snow tracks

Observed: 23rd December 2010 By: kviewkview’s reputation in Mammalskview’s reputation in Mammals

These tracks were about an inch in length, and a foot to 18inches apart, in a straight line. They consisted of two parallel indentations, with an unbroken faint line through the middle (ie dragging tails/prey etc.)

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thanks for the identification, mustelid was my first thought, if so i believe stoat would be most likely. Middleton is located near Birmingham, on the Warwickshire/Staffordshire border, not pine marten country. i have seen plenty of weasels and stoats nearby, usually as a blur crossing the road!

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Not wanting to over-look the

Not wanting to over-look the obvious though...if the tracks are pairs with a single imprint just infront, forming 'triangles', that would be a rabbit...I'm sure you'd recognise these. May of course have stoat tracks hunting rabbits!

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I can see why they appear rabbit like in the photo but can assure you they were not. The tracks were predominantly two parallel lines, not a triangular pattern, and these were thin, about an inch in length and an inch adjacent to each other. I think mustelid is a good suggestion.

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I think the choice here is stoat or weasel. We can rule out pine martin because of where it is and the prints are too small, same goes for polecat/ferret - too small.

Weasel can go because in snow that deep they would tunnel rather than crossing it, also the tracks appear uniformly spread apart indicating stoat rather than weasel. So my guess is stoat.

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Thanks for that, I wasn't aware the uniform spreading was indicative of stoat, but given that information, I think it is safe to assume they were indeed those of a stoat.

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