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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-24-2020, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Default Weird footprint at Parkhurst (Whistler)?

Apologies if this is something more common like a dog or something, but i've never seen these foot prints before.. what are they? this was taken today at a solo hike at parkhurst in the morning. it snowed 2 days ago.

you can see the scale with my foot, its total size is larger than my size 11 boot.

also saw bumped and startled a golden retriever sized coyote.
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It's a snowshoe rabbit. I've seen them today while 'snowshoeing'.
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yup definitely rabbit. I have seen them made by rabbits in freshly fallen snow.

if you're not hiking you should be skiing
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A book I like for footprints is Paul Rezendes, Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign.
It is a guidebook.
On distinguishing rabbits (Laporidae) from Rodentia (squirrel) tracks:
"With rabbits ... the two front [feet] tracks usually appear with one well ahead of the other and almost directly in line" (p. 52).

Range of both white-tailed jackrabbit and snowshoe hare would be compatible with sighting. Snowshoe may be more common (I'll defer to solo75 and local knowledge).
White-tailed jackrabbit: "its hind foot does not spread as much as that of a snowshoe hare. While the snowshoe hare's hind track will 'snowshoe out' to more than 4", that of the jackrabbit will rarely exceed 2 1/2" (p. 102).
Snowshoe hares can run along the top of deep snow and so escape floundering predators.

But tracks are affected by so many conditions, such as snow depth and moisture.

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I am no expert but here are some of more interesting ones I found while hiking:


[Wolf]


[Bear]


[Cougar]



[Grizzly kill site, victim probably black bear]
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