|This hog left
a good track. The hoof tips are rounded, and we can tell he was not
in a hurry because his toes did not spread.
If the hoof tips don't clear the ground, they can drag forward to make lines in the dirt that make the toes look pointed. This will sometimes make the hog track look like a deer track.
|Here we have
a hog's front and back hooves. Again, the toes are rounded, and in
this more typical example the front hooves are spread.
Toes can be spread because the animal is heavy, or they can spread from the impact of running.
Deer tracks can imitate hog tracks though if the toe tips push deeply into the ground so that all you see on the ground surface is the rounded front part of the hoof
|Here is a deer print that clearly shows the differences between the deer and the
hog print: the hooves are sharply pointed, the overall shape is triangular
and the two toes of the hoof are tightly together.
As with hogs though, more weight or more striking imact can spread their toes.
Both deer and hogs have dew claws that can leave an imprint on either side of each track if the hooves sink deeply into the ground for what ever the reason.
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