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Anything that moves over the ground leaves some sort of marking of its passage. In particular, footprints left behind in soil, snow, mud, or other ground surfaces provide a means of recognizing different species. The illustrations and characteristics listed below highlight key features that can be used to identify the tracks of many of the animals in the area.
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Photo: Scott Camazine
Photo: Kim Cabrera
Family: Mephitidae (Skunks)
Gait: lope, overstep walk
Form: large claws; round toes
Front Foot: 5 toes; 1.0 in (2.5 cm) - 1.8 in (4.4 cm)
Hind Foot: 5 toes; 1.3 in (3.2 cm) - 2.0 in (5.1 cm)
The small toe on the inside of the hind foot does not always register. The interdigital and proximal pads as well as the heel pad can often be seen in a print.
Scat is cylindrical with blunt ends. It is mostly composed of insect parts. Nests and burrows carry the smell of skunk musk.
Mammal Guide - Skunk