Monday, 15 December 2008

Brown Bear Fore Paw Print

Brown Bears Ursus arctos have five toes on each paw. The marks left by the toe pads are in a row, unlike those of, for example, humans. Claw marks are usually clear, though they are not in this print (photo taken in the Bieszczady Mts, Poland, November 2008). There is almost always a clear ridge of material (in this case mud, which can be clearly seen here) between the row of toe pad prints and the main paw pad. This print is broader than it is long and hence has been made by a fore paw. Hind paw prints are longer and narrower and more similar in shape to those of a human foot.

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