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Footprint in snow7

Observed: 22nd December 2009 By: miked
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) interacts


rimo's picture

Fox or dog

If they're from a wild animal, they're from a fox, but fox-sized dogs leave very similar pawprints!

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miked's picture

Very likely fox as there were

Very likely fox as there were no other footprints linking to carparks (about 3/4 mile from carpark) no human footprints around.

Barnmead's picture

Footprints in snow

Ah! They look just like the ones we have seen in our garden - we thought that was what they were.


tootsietim's picture

lots of these where I work.

I believe that the tracks of a fox shows a clear cross, ie a line drawn diagonally between the first and second pads, carries on straight between the fourth pad and the rear pad.
equally a line between the third and fourth pads would then form a cross before continuing between the first and rear pads. In dogs, these lines cannot be drawn straight.
Certainly those pictured obey this rule, but if anyone can confirm this I would be grateful.

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Definately fox. Firstly for the reasons given by tootsietim, the cross between the pads. Secondly, foxes, when walking, put each paw exactly in front of the previous one - thus leaving prints which run in a straight line. Dogs, except long legged ones such as whippets, greyhounds and lurchers always leave prints which are off-set from a central line.

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