Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Wild Boar Hoof Prints

This photo (taken in Poland in November 2008) shows two typical hoof prints of a Wild Boar Sus scrofa. First it should be noted that these prints have been made by a cloven-hoofed animal. Cloven-hoofed mammals have 4 toes: 2 cleaves (at the front) and 2 dew claws (at the rear). Unlike most deer, Wild Boar leave 4 clear imprints. This is because their gait (and the fact that their dew claws are located lower down on the leg than those on deer) results in the dew claws touching the ground. So, most Wild Boars leave dew claw imprints, whereas deer usually do not. Most deer leave just 2 slots (made by the cleaves). This hoof print was probably left by a young Wild Boar as the front two claw marks are pointed and narrow. Those of adult boars are broader and more rounded.

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