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On Sunday, I retrieved two trail cams and relocated them to a new spot. When I was scouting around the new area, and deciding whether it would be a good one to choose, I came across this anomaly. Not sure it is a footprint.

 

Closeby, there was another one similar to this one. It is in a pine forest where pine needles have created a floor that is almost impenetrable. I jumped on one foot next to this print and could not make a mark on the forest floor. There is a bit of a spring to it as you walk across it.

 

Not sure it is anything but thought I would take a picture and see if anyone had a thought about it.

 

 

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It definitely looks like the shape of a footprint.  The question is - is it a bear or not?  Is there a water source nearby?  It almost looks like the foot was wet when it stepped there.  Or it was something with mud on the foot that was deposited.

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My first thought was a bear but I didn't see any claw impressions as I looked at the ground at the top of the print. Given the finicky nature of the substrate it's entirely possible claw marks wouldn't show up.

 

Water source is not close enough for mud to be still on its paws at this location. Could it have rained and that provided the ability to track mud? It didn't rain that day nor the day before. 

 

 

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Nice work, @wiiawiwb! It sure is shaped like one. Was this the only one? 18 inches or so?  To my eyes, it doesn't look like it's from a bear, but I could be wrong. 

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There was a second print about 10'-12' away that was roughly the same size. It wasn't as well formed so I didn't take a picture. 

 

One of the things that bothers me a bit about the print is the downward angle from what would be the big toe to the other toes.  That angle is more flat in Patty's casted footprint and a few others I've seen online. 

 

That's part of the problem when a print, or whatever it is, is not made in dirt that allows for a clear impression.

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Good eyes, @wiiawiwb, thanks for sharing the photos. Without the expertise of many here I would simply share that whatever made the prints seems to have considerable heft. 

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Was the other print the same foot, or the opposite? You should be able to determine stride from either.

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