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Thread: for the trackers amongst you....

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    for the trackers amongst you....

    I came across some "activity" the other night

    ground is a mixture of planted coniferous forest, large clearings with tall, tussocky grass, surrounded by large areas of moorland grazing.
    South East Scotland.

    I know in addition to the Roe population there are Red deer there in pockets or more likely transient population.

    a lot of tracks that didnt immediately present themselves as deer, no clear footprints, grass not squashed into the mud (ground was not that wet where it was exposed either).
    Lot of flattened areas some with evidence of moss in them (no moss nearby)
    No livestock can get in the area.

    I have some thoughts on what caused them but would be interested to hear yours....
    not the best or most exciting photos i am afraid but hopefully you can see what I mean!


    flattened areas


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    Badgers and their young. They`ll roll about whilst playing.
    "He who kills sow with piglets empties the forest of boar" My neighbours dad on new years eve 2011.

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    I'm with Basil on that one. I can be quite a worry to the paraniod when first seen. Follow the trail carefully and either along it or at an obstruction you may find a hair sample/track

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    duly followed, no earth at the end and no hair present in the flattened areas at all

    badger could have made the tracks in the grass but there are a hell of a lot of them!

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    Badger's came to mind when reading the lead in, without seeing pics, any Badger latrines around the area?
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    I would tend to go with the make sure just clear the grass from the well used track so you have bare soil to give you footprints after a day or two.

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    probably badger as said ,could you get access to a trail cam? there great for that kind of stuff !

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    jesus really? then there are a shed load of badgers
    been meaning to get a trail cam, am looking into my Bro in law getting a few cheap from the US

    that'll sort it

    Do Badgers eat roe deer!? that might explain the absence of bucks the other night!!

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    Maybe it's a local hotspot for the young at heart, you know a bit of the old HEE!HAW!

    Just kiddin + 1 on the Badgers theory.

    Rgds, Buck.
    "let him without sin cast the first stone"

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