I was looking at some beaver water today, saw these tracks at the end of a beaver dam on a small steam. Thatís a trap tag in the pic for scale. I want to say coyote, but the track near the tag is what throws me off. It doesnít look like the typical toe configuration of a coyote. Might be overthinking this...
Iíve caught fisher in the general vicinity, but looking at the trap tag as a scale, I thought they were too big. Iíd be surprised to find otter on this stream, but it is stocked with trout and I was trapping about 5-6 miles upstream from the Allegheny River. There are otter up and down the Allegheny.
I thought the same thing when I first came across Fisher tracks this season but if it's a Male they have really wide front paws wider than a coyotes. I just started trapping this past season and been trying to learn my tracks lol I'd bet money those are Fisher. I think with otter the toes wouldn't be so pronounced due to the webbing between them. Just a guess as ive yet to come across any otter tracks.
Otter or fisher, you are an experienced trapper and if you think they are too big for fisher I am inclined to agree with you being about 50% wider than the tag. The distance of 5-6 miles is nothing. Not on any particular schedule but I get otter on my farm property and I believe they are coming up from the Susquehanna river about 20 miles away. They also don't always stay in the waterway as they strike out investigating, hunting, and maybe looking for new water. These are from last week. The last pic with the old Geo Tracker you can see where it came down the bank in front, went around, and back up the bank. The one before the last it went by my shooting bench.