TRACKS—Can any of you tell me what it is that I see the tracks of often around the small creeks and streams of this state in this county? The size of it is very nearly as large and resembles a badger track but every time I have seen the tracks they have been in or near the water. Five large toe nails—and about all the track is, is five large toenails. I see them quite often but in different sections of the country. Now, I can’t think it is an otter or fisher, and we have no coons or opossums. We have a few beaver but I can’t tell from my experience what it is and can’t find where it lives. Would like for some brother trapper to inform me.
The tracks you have seen are either of a beaver or muskrat if a beaver, you can find out by looking closely, you can find where he has gnawed off limbs and bark of trees, and twigs, and he will be found in the thickest of the brush heaps or in an underground bole in the bank or some still pool of water. If it is a muskrat, take your gun and go and sit in a secluded place where you can have a good scope to look up and down stream and watch there some evening about half an hour before dusk and you will get your game; or bait your trap with a carrot against a steep bank and the game is easy.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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