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The following images illustrate some of the wildlife tracks observed in the Burwash area, south of the city of Sudbury.

This is the same area were most of the wildflowers were photographed.

Partial list of images of animal tracks seen in the Burwash area:

Animal Tracks

Winter fox track, Burwash, Ontario.

In the winter, it is much easier to see evidence of the animals that live in an area.  The straight line of these tracks is typical of a fox.

Location: Burwash
Date: January 2001

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Red fox track.

Red fox tracks in the summer mud.

Location: Burwash
Date: May 5, 2001

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Red squirrel track in winter, Burwash.

Close-up of red squirrel tracks in snow.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 24, 2001.

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Winter squirel track, Burwash, www.ontariowildflower.com

Red squirrels are common in both the deciduous and coniferous forest.

Location: Burwash
Date: January 2001.

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Deer track

 

Deer track in the soft mud at the side of a beaver meadow.

Location: Burwash
Date: May 20, 2001

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Moose track in the wet snow. Note the marks at the bottom of the print, are made by dewclaws. Dewclaws give extra support to the moose.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 22, 2003

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Moose track, copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

Elk tracks, Copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

Elk tracks in fresh snow.  Some elk drag their hoofs leaving what appear as "skid" marks.  Other tracks are quite clear.  These tracks were left by members of a large herd of elk.

Elk track, copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 20, 2003

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Racoon track, Burwash area, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Raccoon tracks preserved in wet mud by the side of a beaver pond.  The raccoon's track looks like a human hand print.

Location: Burwash
Date: August 10, 2002.

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Raccoon track in snow, copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Raccoon tracks preserved in snow by the side of a beaver pond.

Location: Burwash
Date: March 25, 2007.

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Bear tracks look a bit like a human footprint. This track led out of the river.

Location: McVittie hydro dam, Wanapitei River
Date: July 26, 2001.

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Bear track.

River otter tracks, Burwash.

River Otter tracks on a freshly frozen lake. Note the wed-like feet of the distinct tracks beside a sliding trail left by a second otter.

Location: Cemetery Lake, Burwash
Date: December 24, 2001.

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River otter tracks, Burwash.

There were at least three river otters that travelled together along the lake shore. Two otters slide along the ice, while one otter walked.

Location: Cemetery Lake, Burwash
Date: December 24, 2001.

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Detail of river otter track, Burwash, Ontario

Detail of river otter tracks on a freshly frozen lake.

Location: Burwash
Date: January 2, 2002.

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Meadow vole track, winter, Burwash Ontario

Detail of Meadow vole (field mouse) tracks preserved in fresh snow. The pattern of the track indicates that the meadow vole was walking. The distance between the steps, or stride, is about 1 cm.

Location: Burwash
Date: January 2, 2002.

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Deer mouse track, winter, Burwash Ontario

Detail of Deer mouse tracks preserved in fresh snow. Note the mark left by the tail. The track on the left indicates that the deer mouse walked from top to bottom. The distance between the steps, or stride, is about 1 cm.

Location: Burwash
Date: January 2, 2002.

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Owl impact mark, Burwash Ontario

This mark in the snow was left by an owl - the specific type of owl is not known. The mark is left by the owl when it drops down onto a small animal, such as a meadow vole, that was moving beneath the snow.

Location: Burwash
Date: January 1, 2002.

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Wolf track, copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

Wolf occur in the Burwash area. A lone wolf left this on a frozen lake, close to a beaver lodge.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 14, 2003.

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Grouse track, Copyright 2003 Andy Fyon

Grouse are very common in the Burwash area. The grouse that left this track was walking on ice in a cedar swamp.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 24, 2003.

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Grouse winter tracks, Copyright 2003 Andy Fyon

The track on the right side of the photo show where a grouse in flight landed and walked towards the bottom of the image.  The tracks on the left side of the photo show wing sweep marks, indicating where a grouse walked and then took off in flight.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 27, 2003

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Beaver track, rear foot, copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Rear track of a beaver preserved in snow.  This was an early spring walk taken by a beaver after a long winter.

Location: Burwash
Date: March 25, 2007.

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Beaver track, front feet, copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Beaver track left by the front paws preserved in snow.

Location: Burwash
Date: March 25, 2007.

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