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Vermont: Mystery Three-Toed Track

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 5th, 2011

Can you identify what animal left this recently found track from Vermont?

Unfortunately, the person photographing the apparent footprint forgot to put something down next to the imprint to indicate scale.


About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


8 Responses to “Vermont: Mystery Three-Toed Track”

  1. stompy responds:

    Yep. 3 shoe prints at different angles.

  2. maslo63 responds:

    Looks like overlapping deer prints to me.

  3. xcom85 responds:

    Looks like if it were turned around it would just be a shod horse track with a small abrasion in the middle of the normally empty section.

  4. whiteriverfisherman responds:

    Looks like a hoof print made by a horse to me.

  5. BlueTinkerbell responds:

    Looks like a horse track to me. A horse whose frog is in bad need of trimming, but a horse nonetheless. (The “frog” is triangular shaped spongy pad located with the base of the triangle at the rear of the horse’s foot.

    This is normally shaved down when horses are seen by a farrier.

    My vote is either escaped or let loose pet horse, or one who has been quite awhile without proper foot care. Loose horses are getting much more common since they have outlawed the slaughter of horses for meat in the US. People cannot afford to have horses euthanized, so in many cases the only thing they can do with a horse that won’t sell and which they can no longer afford to care for, is to let it go. Sad, but true.

  6. Creationscienceoutreach responds:

    It appears to be a dog print that has been partially covered with debri, giving it the appearance of only having three toes.

    The slight splay would be due to a muddy slope (I have witnesses this with a track myself, which at first appeared to be feline/unidentified but was just a dog on a wet and muddy slope).

    The appearence of a horse shoe-like edge is an illusion due to a piece of black coloured debri to the left and a small twig to the right – possibly done deliberately to further obscure and change the immediate appearance of the dog track.

  7. Creationscienceoutreach responds:

    Forgot to add the tell-tale claw indentations at the end of the three visible pads which anybody with a bit of familiarity with animal tracks will recognise as probable canine (although scale would be useful to rule out other mammals).

  8. Cryptidcrazy responds:

    While I don’t believe in any way, that is a bigfoot track, I find it odd that no one else sees a distinctive 4th “toe print”, like I do. Personally, I believe it is just some natural phenomena. It could very well be, overlapping horse prints.



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