at Village Creek Drying Beds
small tracks in the mud
Tracks in mud. Beaver tracks and sign also viewed nearby.
Tracks found under bridge.
Around 9 PM I looked outside and saw what I thought was a new feral cat looking for cat food. This gray cat had long furry ears and head. Then it turned to look at me and I realized it wasn't a cat, but a raccoon and it had already finished the cat food. It started begging for more and actually came over to the window and sat up with its front paws in the air, but I wasn't going to feed it. My cat joined me and when they got eyeball to eyeball, the raccoon took off, but not before I noticed that its front paws didn't seem to have thumbs. They seemed to be fused to the other four fingers (at least it never opened them up). Also, its tail was shorter than normal, but the body was huge as its been hogging up all the cat food meant for feral cats!
Surveying potential research site. Found on an old dam road, no longer traveled by heavy equipment, well traveled by a multitude of wildlife (several posts of different scat and tracks that I could use help identifying).
The raccoon (i/ræˈkuːn/, Procyon lotor), sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon,North American raccoon,northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm (16 to 28 in) and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg (8 to 20 lb). Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur which insulates against cold weather. Two of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous...