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Fun weekend with some interesting tracks

My previous username was just 'wooduckman' but I forgot my password and have since changed emails so there's no way to get logged back into that username. I figure this one is similar enough that people can put 2 and 2 together!

Back in July I asked for some help regarding Independence Mountain north of Walden. My dad and I each had a 2nd season cow elk tag. We spent a weekend in July up there hiking around getting to know the area a bit. We saw some sign and so that gave us an idea of where we wanted to hunt.

My dad got up there about midday Thursday and began to set up camp where we had agreed. I started a new job 2 months ago and don't have access to my PTO for another month, so I couldn't join until Friday night. Long story short, we hiked up an down the entire mountain and found a lot of elk sign in the places we expected, but never did end up seeing any elk. Since I had to be back at work yesterday, it made for a (too) quick weekend trip. On top of the some of the elk tracks, we found these tracks pictured below. The zoomed out picture is of a .44 mag round and the other cartridge is a 7mm mag that measures 3.25 inches. The print is at least 3.5 inches long. I also thought the other pictures looked cool so I threw them up for you guys to see.

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I'm definitely no expert in

I'm definitely no expert in track but those look like canine tracks, wild/domestic dog, wolf, etc.

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Yes, I would definately say

Yes, I would definately say canine.  More than likely, it's a coyote or domestic dog.  From what I can find online, a wolf track should be no less than 4 inches in length.  Of course, it could be a juvenile wolf, but you would think in that case you would have seen more.

Nice photos, btw.

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To me it looks like a canine

To me it looks like a canine track to me, It looks to big for a coyote and if it was a domestic dog you would think there would be some human tracks nearby. It could be a solo wolf but it would be a small one. Are there wolfs up in that area? But it definatly looks like a canine track of sorts. I'm sure someone on here will know what kinda of track it is. I'm now kind of curious to know.

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The reason I posted this is

The reason I posted this is because we also believe it's the track of a younger wolf. Colorado isn't supposed to have wolves, but it has been rumored by ranchers in Northern Colorado that wolves have been moving in from Wyoming. We were hunting about 5 miles south of the Wyoming border, so it's definitely possible that this could be one of those wolves.

I have never seen a wolf or wolf tracks before, but figured that some of you probably have and would be able to help me out. My dad has a  friend that's a biologist in the area that we sent the pictures to in hopes that she would be able to assist in identifying the track as well!

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north park wolves

The DOW still probably has it on it's site somewhere, but a game warden posted some wolf video a few years ago from North Park.  They're known to drop into Colorado on occasion.  

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K9 for sure and would bet on

K9 for sure and would bet on wolf or a wolf mix. If that is a coyote it is the biggest one I have ever seen. For sure we have some wolves in Colorado and hope they never take hold like in Wyoming, Idaho or Montana.

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I'm thinking it may be a hybrid

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K9 for sure and would bet on wolf or a wolf mix. If that is a coyote it is the biggest one I have ever seen. For sure we have some wolves in Colorado and hope they never take hold like in Wyoming, Idaho or Montana.

I agree that it is definitely canine in nature.  The question is - what kind?

 I'm thinking it may be a hybrid.  Around my area we have a number of dogs go feral every year.  Some are abandoned.  Others run away.  In any case they run in packs and cross breed with wild canines.  Wolves are rare here but coyotes are common.  Even more common than coyotes are "coy-dogs" which are any dog with any coyote lineage.  I'd say they outnumber pure coyotes by 3 to 1 at least.

 

 

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We have wolf in NM, and with

We have wolf in NM, and with Co. in betwine us and Wyoming they will show up. Looks like a young Wolf to me. By the way that last pic is georigus. Thumbs up

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I do agree most likely a

I do agree most likely a wolf. They have trapped several in Utah so they are sure to be in colorado by now. Hopefully they dont take hold or the elk,deer and moose herds are going to be in big trouble just like Wyoming. Hope for world record coyote not a wolf if theres one theres more to follow.

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