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Muskrat Muskrat Skunk Skunk
Height: Height: 8” to 8” to 10” 10” Length: Length: 15.6” to 15.6” to 37” 37” Weight: Weight: up to 14 pounds up to 14 pounds Common Tracks: 1.5”X2.5” Tracks: 1.5”X2.5” Common Length: Length: 48” Average 48” Average Weight: Weight: 2 to 2 to 4 pounds 4 pounds Common Common Tracks:2.3”X3.2” Tracks:2.3”X3.2”

Mink Mink
Length: Length: Average Average 26” 26” Weight: Weight: up pounds up to 3 to 3 pounds Common Common Tracks: 1.8”X2.5” Tracks: 1.8”X2.5”

Raccoon Raccoon
Height: Height: 10” to 10” to 16” 16” Length: Length: 20” to 20” to 40” 40” Weight: Weight:

Opossum Opossum Height: Height: 12” 12” Average Average
Tracks: 2.5”X4” Tracks: 2.5”X4” Length: Length: 15” to 15” to 20” 20” Weight: Weight: 10 to 13 pounds 10 to 13 pounds Common Common Tracks: 3”X3” Tracks: 3”X3”

7.9 7.9 to to 35 pounds 35 pounds
Common Common

Beaver Beaver
Height: Height: 15” Average 15” Average Length: Length: 3’ 3’ Weight: Weight: Common Common

River Otter River Otter
Height: Height: 8” Average 8” Average Length: Length: 51” Average 51” Average Weight: Weight: 25 pounds 25 pounds Common Common

35 to 66 pounds 35 to 66 pounds
Tracks: 5”X7” Tracks: 5”X7”

Tracks: 4”X5” Tracks: 4”X5”

Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Steve Hillebrand, Menke, Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Steve Hillebrand, DaveDave Menke, Ronald Laubenstein, M. Stolz and and Kramer Ronald Laubenstein, Gary Gary M. StolzGary Gary Kramer

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Gray wolf is 2’ 6.5’ 4.5’ to 2.5’ Weight: Weight: 2’ to 2.5’ Length: Length: Length: Length: also a furbeareralso a furbearer trapped or hunted. hunted. but may not be not be not be or Length: Weight: 50 to 150 pounds also a furbearer but maybut maytrappedtrapped or hunted. 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Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

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