I said yesterday that I was going to have to wait until all the water on the trails froze before I went out again. But that was my thought yesterday. Today I had to go back out on the wet trails. I had an idea. My destination was a section of trail deep in the bush that passed through open scrub. I knew this section of trail would not have seen human traffic for a while because of flooding. If there was no human traffic then there would be no domestic dog traffic either. Any fresh dog prints I encountered would therefore be more likely to be left behind by a fox or coyote. I have always wanted to know if these animals were in the area and this seemed like an excellent opportunity to find out.
I set out with my rubber boots and made my way through the flooded areas that would have soaked my feet if I had used my regular boots. I uploaded a video to YouTube (click here to view) that shows me making my way through some of these flooded areas. When I got to my destination I found what I was looking for. Coming out onto the trail from the bush were these fresh dog prints! There were no signs of human prints anywhere, not even faded prints, snowshoe prints, or ski tracks. Could this be coyote? I think fox can be ruled out by the detail shown in the prints. Fox have fur on the underside of their feet and I donít think they could have left behind a print with this much detail.