Hi there! I'm not a hunter but I found a rather large track in the backyard and I was wondering if any one of you experienced hunters could help me figure out what it is. I live in Georgia. Lagrange, Ga to be exact. I live in a pretty rural area. I don't think it's a coyote track at least from what I can see of pictures online. Could it be a Bobcat?
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Fri, 2013-06-14 20:11
Is This A Bear Track
Fri, 2013-06-14 22:07#1
I would say that is a bear
I would say that is a bear track.
Fri, 2013-06-14 22:55#2
I hope not!! I have a 10lb
I hope not!! I have a 10lb dog who likes to run out the house sometimes. The print is like right at my back patio which is about 5 feet from the edge of the woods. I don't think bears are supposed to be common in this part of Georgia. Who would I call to come and take a look at the track and if it is in fact a bear or some big predator, come and remove it from the area?
Sat, 2013-06-15 06:45#3
In most states and I will
In most states and I will presume that Georgia is one of them will not just come move a bear just because he is somewhere someone doesn't want him. But you can check with your game and fish department, just Google Georgia Game ad Fish and you should get a result of who to contact.
In the mean time don't leave any dog food outside of your house that will bring him to you. Also if you have a bird feeder or a humming bird necter feeder take them down until someone can come take a look. Keep your trash cans in a garage if possible. If you take away their food sources then they usually leave.
Sat, 2013-06-15 17:51#4
I'd also say that's the front
I'd also say that's the front footprint of a black bear and the information critter mentioned is spot on. If there is nothing in the area to bring him in and keep him around, he'll probably move on if he hasn't already.
Sun, 2013-06-16 10:35#5
I've seen a lot of bear
I've seen a lot of bear tracks and I'm not 100 percent that is one, if there was more tracks the rear foot would be different. If. it is its a baby, if you measure the front pad that will give you a pretty close overall length of the bear and looks like its about 3 inches wide,which would equal a 3 foot bear. Of the nine bears I've harvested that measurement is almost dead on. Ok the more I look at the pics it's gotta be a bear but like I said it small
Wed, 2013-06-19 09:31#7
I agree that its a small bear track. Probably a curious cub wandering through looking for an easy meal. Critter's advice is spot on. Mama bear may be nearby, but it is possible that this one is on its own. You never know if Mama got hit by a car, etc.
Best advice is not to leave smelly garbage or anything else out that might attract a hungry bear not quite up on wild foraging skills back for a snack.
Fri, 2013-06-21 19:36#8
This is also the breeding
This is also the breeding season for black bears and they breed every other year, so that may be a year old cub that got run off as the mother is coming in estrus and will rejoin her. The track looks a little bigger than one a year old cub would make IMO though.