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    Default Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    This showed up on the game camera when we checked it this afternoon.

    Horrible quality (probably from rain on lens) - 1:44AM Friday morning 04/24 - eastern NY just over the border from Great Barrington - hemlock woods near stream











    I have no idea, so looking forward to best guesses!
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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    That’s a chupacabra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    That’s a chupacabra.
    Not the easter bunny on a post-holiday bender then?
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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    Fisher or mink?

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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    I would have said a marten, a mink or a fisher. Hard to really figure out the exact size.
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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    Looks like a mink. Too far south for fisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    That’s a chupacabra.
    Came here to say this but I'll guess pine marten.

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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    It looks like a turkey or pheasant maybe.

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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    How far from water? I think it'd be pretty unusual to see a mink up way away from the water.

    I'd guess pine martin, or some sort of black tree weasel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo de Acero View Post
    It looks like a turkey or pheasant maybe.
    Oh yeah, good call. Small hen turkey.

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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    Mongoose?
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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    My money is on fisher- they're not as arboreal as commonly believed.
    unless water is nearby, I doubt mink.

    And the suspect birds definitely roost at night in the trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monadnocky View Post
    My money is on fisher- they're not as arboreal as commonly believed.
    unless water is nearby, I doubt mink.

    And the suspect birds definitely roost at night in the trees.
    On second thought: fox perhaps, but they're mostly crepuscular, not dead-of-night 1:44 am nocturnal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monadnocky View Post
    On second thought: fox perhaps, but they're mostly crepuscular, not dead-of-night 1:44 am nocturnal.
    Bit early for Wordish Wednesday but I can't even draw what crepuscular might mean....is it a Campy thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo de Acero View Post
    It looks like a turkey or pheasant maybe.
    That was my first thought, but both almost non-functional in the dark - like chickens - so they really aren't nocturnal. But possible I guess.

    The water is a stream about 10' to the left of where the critter is, and about 30 yards in the direction the animal is traveling, the stream flows out of a collapsed beaver pond that makes about a 10 acre wetlands.

    We are right next to the South Taconics, and they have this strange connection to habitat further north. Like moose. And Fisher is possible. Mink I hadn't considered.

    Marten would be Adirondacks though.

    Too small for an otter. Maybe a beaver? But the tail isn't right, though it is hard to tell.

    A skunk?

    Quote Originally Posted by monadnocky View Post
    On second thought: fox perhaps, but they're mostly crepuscular, not dead-of-night 1:44 am nocturnal.
    Good idea. We have both red and gray fox. This would be more the size of a gray fox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinmclelland View Post
    Bit early for Wordish Wednesday but I can't even draw what crepuscular might mean....is it a Campy thing?
    Active at twilight.
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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    That thing holding a staff or spear to the right looks like a wildling...

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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    Now that I'm looking at it with a fresh eye, I wonder owl.

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    Default Re: Mystery Animal on Game Camera

    I'm liking the mink/fisher idea. It seems to move a few steps and raises its head, then head down for a few steps and head goes back up. That's pretty much how those guys move around.

    The owl suggestion isn't bad though. There is a pair of barred owls nesting nearby. Owls really don't like walking, but if they've caught something and it is putting up a bit of a struggle, they might hop around. But I'd expect to see wings.

    I'm going to go back today and see if there are tracks. And change a few settings on the camera to see if I can get a better shot the next time.
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