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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:08 pm 
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Last Monday, when I went to check my camera trap, I noticed a strange red fox snow track. Every so often, for a distance of 20-30 yards, there would be a distinct thin drag mark alongside the track. Then it would resume normally and then repeat the drag mark. I thought then that the reason could be from an injury or something like snow caught between the toes...or maybe it was occasionally dragging it's prey??

Take a close look at the inside left leg of the red fox in the photo. Does it look like an injury? The time stamp on the photo would coincide with the fox track I described. :tinkin


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Last Monday, when I went to check my camera trap, I noticed a strange red fox snow track. Every so often, for a distance of 20-30 yards, there would be a distinct thin drag mark alongside the track. Then it would resume normally and then repeat the drag mark. I thought then that the reason could be from an injury or something like snow caught between the toes...or maybe it was occasionally dragging it's prey??

Take a close look at the inside left leg of the red fox in the photo. Does it look like an injury? The time stamp on the photo would coincide with the fox track I described. :tinkin

It definitely looks like an injury alright and not that uncommon a place to get an injury. This buck has a similar injury in the same area and I just figured that he got hung up on a fence line. The bad thing is that it's in an area where there is a lot of flexing. This buck has had that open wound for about 3 months and it's only now starting to heal over.


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Westcocanuck2 It definitely looks like an injury alright and not that uncommon a place to get an injury. This buck has a similar injury in the same area and I just figured that he got hung up on a fence line. The bad thing is that it's in an area where there is a lot of flexing. This buck has had that open wound for about 3 months and it's only now starting to heal over.[/quote]

Interesting observation and thank you for the comparative photo. Sure looks like that buck got hung up and will spend some time healing, much like the fox. I agree, it's an area on the body that when injured will flex often and may take more time to heal up or become infected. I'm hoping this fox makes a speedy recovery, but nature can be unrelenting. Thanks for the observation.


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It does look like it may have some sort of injury, unsure. Nice pic though.

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Good photo. Certainly a gash on the leg.


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Thanks for the photo an discussion.


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Life ain't easy for wild critters, they'd better be tough and they are. A friend obtained the skull of an eastern coyote that had been shot quite a while before it was eventually killed by a vehicle. The shot entered below the eye, took out a molar in the upper jaw, then exited through the lower jaw on the opposite side where it took out three teeth and broke the jaw. All the injuries had healed and the bones had calcified around the injuries. How that animal ate while the wounds healed is a mystery.

Recently a neighbor showed me the skull of a black bear that had been shot in the head with an arrow. In this lousy photo you can see the arrowhead where it was embedded in the brain and the entrance hole where the broadhead entered the skull -- that wound had also healed and calcified. From what he said, the bear was completely normal except for being blind in the left eye. They are tough!


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