A Bobcat track with a quarter for scale in Weybridge - Photo by Ron Payne

While walking the Hurd Grassland in Weybridge yesterday, I came across this set of Bobcat tracks. You can tell they are feline tracks by the four toe pads with no claws showing which are asymmetrically set with a slightly leading toe. By comparison, canine tracks usually show claw marks and are symmetrical. The width of the track is nearly two inches and the stride length is almost two feet long, far too large for a domestic cat and too small for the Bobcat’s relatives, the Lynx and the Mountain Lion which would be much more unlikely at this location. The trail followed the edge of the field, going under a fence through some pines and back out into the field again. The presence of rabbit tracks in the area is a good indication of what the Bobcat was looking for. These cats are nocturnal and very secretive making it hard to tell if they are around but they are likely much more common than we might expect.

If you would like to walk this property and possibly find more Bobcat signs, please join us for our Monthly Wildlife Walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on January 13, at 8:00 AM. And for a more in-depth examination of tracking, join us for the walk on February 13 which will be led by tracking expert, Greg Borah.

– Ron Payne

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