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Unknown tracks

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Fjordforder, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. Fjordforder

    Fjordforder Pierce County Active Member

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    Hey all, I`m not a hunter but I figure the crowd here may be able to lend a hand.

    While down at the creek the other day I came across a really weird animal track in the mud, it had two long fingers about as long as your middle and pointer fingers and a smaller one pointing behind like a dog`s dew claw. I didn`t get a picture then and now that the creek is overflowing there`s no way to get one. There was another today though, partially submerged. Same size and shape, and pushed deep into the muck. According to my books it`s possibly some sort of large predatory bird. I`m sure it`s nocturnal since the dogs keep barking at something by the creek almost nightly. If it`s some kind of bird maybe the weather disturbed it`s nest or something? Might explain why it`s down here now. Thanks in advance and if I come across any more I`ll try to get a pic.
     
  2. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I would guess a blue heron? Most common around water and they are big birds
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  3. Fjordforder

    Fjordforder Pierce County Active Member

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    That looks about right, I didn`t see a third toe up front but that doesn`t mean one wasn`t there. It was partially submerged to begin with.
     
  4. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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  5. Fjordforder

    Fjordforder Pierce County Active Member

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    Hey, I got down to the bottom of the hill at the creek where I found them. Wasn`t able to get any really good photos (no new tracks, only the remains of what were there) but here`s one of the area itself:
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    This is what was left of the partially-submerged track, it was mostly washed away and I`m not 100% sure how well it shows up in the photo itself so I tried to show the general shape with my impeccable MS Paint skills.
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  6. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    Maybe a wild turkey is a possibility also?
     
  7. Fjordforder

    Fjordforder Pierce County Active Member

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    Like I said earlier I`m far from an Ornithologist, are Wild Turkeys even local? Nocturnal?
     
  8. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Baby Sasquatch.
     
  9. Fjordforder

    Fjordforder Pierce County Active Member

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    Someone on another forum was saying Velociraptor. Got me to laugh.
     
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  10. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    That looks like a partial duck track. If it's the shape you drew.
     
  11. Fjordforder

    Fjordforder Pierce County Active Member

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    Hmmm
    there is a family down the street that raises ducks, maybe one escaped?
     
  12. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I re-read the first post, though. Sounds more like an Owl, Crane or Heron. Owl probably makes the most sense.
     
  13. Fjordforder

    Fjordforder Pierce County Active Member

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    We have owls around, too. Could`ve been hunting something down at the creek easily. It`s a straight shot from the trees on top of the hill to the tracks.
     
  14. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    For sure Baby Sasquatch or Bigfoot
     
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  15. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Road runner?
    *Meep meep*
     
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  16. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Chupacabra?
     
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  17. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Silver Supporter

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    I've seen Chupa tracks and they are not like that :D
     
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  18. Charliehorse

    Charliehorse Cascade Mts - State of Jefferson USA Well-Known Member

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    Do you have turkey where you're at?

    Wild Turkey stencils:
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  19. erudne

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    Mountain Beaver!
     
  20. Fjordforder

    Fjordforder Pierce County Active Member

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    I`m not an Ornithologist but have never heard of a Wild Turkey in my area outside a bottle.
     
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