Tracks!

So I went out for a walk after work to enjoy the fresh snow that had fallen overnight and right away stumbled upon some tracks begging to be followed.  What initially appeared at a glance a deer walking through the old field turned out not to be.  A minute into looking at these not so deer tracks I see the trail goes along the top of a fallen over tree.  Interesting… a little further as I climb the hill and head back into the swamp I can see the claw marks where they where dragging in the snow.  Then the trail takes an almost ninety degree turn at a small stump.  Hmmm I get over there to see and I am rewarded with fresh urine!  The stump had been marked by friend as he traveled off into the swamp veering away from the edge of the woods.  I headed into the swamp to find the trail diverge and after looking around continued on the most recent trail down into the swamp and got rewarded with a nice print frozen into the ice next to thawed water with just the hint of a skunk cabbage rising from the swamp.  After feeling the track for awhile I headed down into the swamp and scouted around a blowdown to see if our friend has bedded down there before.  Someone else has by the one set of tracks coming in from another way.  I was running out of time so I headed back to check the scent marked stump and get a good wiff.  Woah!! Yup that is pungent.   I was thinking about a fox making this trail remembering It’s mating season and wondering the length of his gait.  Sadly it was time to go so I headed back, jumping the old barbed wire fence and cutting across the field.

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