And the Answers To Yesterday’s Dead Wildlife Quiz Are…
Red fox, gray fox (lesser known, but actually the native species of fox to New England – red foxes were brought over for hunting from England), coyote and the pelt in my arms was from a gray wolf.
If you were able to recognize the red fox (farthest to the left) by its coloring – reddish coat with black legs – then the only smaller canine in North America (not counting the arctic fox, which has a striking white pelt – which this clearly wasn’t) is the gray fox , which is the critter in the middle. Through deduction (North American canines consist only of foxes, coyote and wolves), the animal on the right would have to be either a coyote or gray wolf. Given its size in relation to the foxes, it’s not really big enough to be a wolf, so would be a coyote. Leaving us with only one other large canine species in North America – the gray wolf. Which was the pelt in my arms.
Congrats to Kate, who correctly identified all four! Diane, you were close, but had your foxes reversed! I truly appreciate everyone who stops by and shares their comments and thoughts on this blog, so I’m happy to offer a gift to all who commented yesterday.
I recently updated and expanded my tracking guide – which is NOT a field guide to animal tracks (sorry!), but a three-page document meant to help newer trackers get a broader sense of what’s involved in tracking and how to get started with identification.
Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to email you a copy of the .pdf, and I’ll be happy to do so. You don’t need to publicize your email when you comment (unless you really want to) – I’ll get your email when you submit your comment.
Thanks for playing everyone!