I was out stalking yesterday, hopless in the deep crunchy snow but great to see what is on the ground. We were able to identify the usual roe and red deer tracks, which is great to see, and we also saw the usual mountain hare and rabbit on the low ground.
We saw fox tracks, showing the claw marks as usual, and following their usual routs and tracks, and we are quite used to these, but we also saw tracks that were slightly larger but without visible claw marks. Would these have been wild cat tracks? We do have wildcat in the area, though only very occassionally see them but these tracks were seen over quite a bit of our ground and therefore probably more common on our ground than we imagined. The area is not ever lamped bu us, it would be almost impossible. We stalk round it, a high area of small pine trees, but rarely actually stalk through it.
Anyway, my question is, am i correct that fox tracks would show claws, and wild cat tracks would not show a claw and would be about the size of a large fox. The tracks were in slightly melted snow so may have expanded slightly as the snow melted round them, but were similar to the size of the supposed fox tracks we saw.
There are absolutely no dog walkers here and this is not a big cat story, just a scottish wild cat one.
Any help appreciated.