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ChuckN

What are these tracks?

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ChuckN

I know, poor photos, but should give an idea? Just curious what made the tracks in the snow on a pond. I couldn't get closer.

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rumeye

Maybe an Otter?

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BuschPilot

I would say Snow snakes, very lethal and deadly up here, only come out at night!! Got to watch where you step, they'll sneak up on ya too!

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SM1

I would say either snow snake or a goose with an anchor tied to its feet!

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ChuckN

I'll watch for the snow snake... smirk

Never seen tracks with a deep rut down the center and paddle like tracks off to the sides... Sea Lion? grin

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BuschPilot

have you've ever seen those monster millipedes that come out this time of year as well, they'll snack on all the dead fishies that peoples throws on the lakes, i have seen them come about 5' long and have big eyes and tentacles on there head as well.

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DonBo

How big are they? I've seen otters slide through the snow like this for miles.

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leech~~

Crop circles for sure! laugh Or maybe a messed up Goose flapping it's wings? Or Drunk buddy draging his bibs going from hole to hole?? confused

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kr8r.tom

hard to tell i'd guess some sort of bird dragging something trying to get airborne. how far did they go?

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ChuckN

I couldn't get close to the tracks. Guessing 2' wide? There was open water nearby and I couldn't see how far the tracks went...it looked like a long ways.

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DonBo

I'll bet it was an otter if they are that big and near open water.

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fishermusk

Wayward Loon?

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leechmann

I would say it's a crippled bird. Maybe a duck or goose that was shot and can't walk anymore, so it is pulling itself through the snow with it's wings.

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tanman

Wayward Loon?

sounds good to me

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forest

Beaver with a big Northern in it's mouth!!!

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The Grebe

If there was a picture of how it started, or how it ended, it might be a little easier to decipher...I would have to go with a raptor trying to make off with something that was just a bit to heavy.

Might have been that danged Pilated Woodpeck from awhile back, with a humongus frikken grub from inside that bored out tree? eek

Something else....maybe the wind was blowing something along? Those marks on the side look pretty danged uniform?

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sparcebag

Off the wall guess---Bird propelling itself with its wings,Or your playin tricks with us?

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snoozebutton

Penguin.

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123fish

Good one forest.

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so haaad

My vote is for an otter also. It's probably not the one in Fergus Falls though.

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Nightcrawler

i say bird, not otter,..

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Dave S

This is a tough call. If it was a wounded bird, there would almost certainly be some variation in the tracks that appear to have been created by wings. Also, I would think that a wounded bird woud be fatigured after somewhat of a struggle to get through the snow leaving a break in the consistency.

This may be off-the-wall, but maybe it's a MOJO Goose decoy being pulled through the snow. Doesn't necessarily need to be turned on to get the wings to spin and cause a track like this.

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Fish&Fowl

This is a tough call. If it was a wounded bird, there would almost certainly be some variation in the tracks that appear to have been created by wings. Also, I would think that a wounded bird woud be fatigured after somewhat of a struggle to get through the snow leaving a break in the consistency.

This may be off-the-wall, but maybe it's a MOJO Goose decoy being pulled through the snow. Doesn't necessarily need to be turned on to get the wings to spin and cause a track like this.

Where are the person's tracks who was dragging it?

I am stumped.

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Dave S

Maybe the person used fishing line? A lot of fishing line.

Honestly, it's probably not as big of a mystery as we're making it out to be.

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soldoncass

I agree, too consistent to be an animal...no resting, no checking backtrack,etc. My guess is someone riding a unicycle with "cheater" wheels on the sides.... the center marks look quite deep, so that is where the weight was, the sides look "mechanical" though, because of consistency. Have to follow the trail aways, both ways, to figure that one out.

p.s.- how about a 3wheeler, with big "Floatation" tires on the back?

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