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I live in the suburbs of Washington DC where it recently snowed. I was admiring all of the tracks left behind by wildlife of all kinds when I came across these prints, that I was unable to recognize from charts of common animals prints online.

animal print 1

animal print 3

animal print 4

What is unique about them, is that each print, has 3 points, and there is only one straight line of prints, about 2-3 feet apart, where as I would imagine a deer, or other 4 legged animal would leave staggered footprints. We have a lot of deer in these parts but these dont seem to match deer print patterns I've seen online.

Each print is about 5 inches by 4 inches at their widest/longest points (they are longer then they are wider).

Note, the snow has melted somewhat since they were initially made.

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The only candidate I could imagine is hare. Sometimes it leaves a single track from its fore-limbs (from a theoretical point of view, I'd say it happens when the snow is relatively deep.)

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  • $\begingroup$ I'd say hare too - seen them leaving tracks here! $\endgroup$
    – rg255
    Dec 13 '13 at 18:58
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    $\begingroup$ Excellent, thanks. Upon closer inspection and watching some videos on youtube on how hares move, it seems that the "dot" may be its front paws close together and the 2 longer lines are its hind legs. Seeing them walk its common for them to cross their hind legs in front of their front paws creating this pattern. $\endgroup$
    – n00b
    Dec 14 '13 at 21:20
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    $\begingroup$ O, I wrote "hind-limbs" - now corrected. $\endgroup$
    – alephreish
    Dec 14 '13 at 22:53
  • $\begingroup$ @n00b I had the same confusion when I first encountered these tracks, it wasn't until I found some very fresh ones where I could even see the pads of the paws that I worked out what it was. $\endgroup$
    – rg255
    Dec 15 '13 at 10:29

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