Besides Skunk Cabbage flowers, Mourning Cloak butterflies, and Common Garter Snakes, I also found a large number of footprints in the mud along Mission Creek. Almost all of the footprints belonged to Northern Raccoons, but in one location some of the tracks were much smaller.
Instead of a Raccoon, those tracks belonged to an American Mink.
|A small (probably female) mink photographed along the Chippewa River in 2005|
Mink tracks can can be identified by their pointed heal and five toes that fan out into a teardrop shape. This can be easily seen in the track to the left of the photograph below
|Mink tracks - note the five toes and teardrop shape|
|Mink (top) and Raccoon (bottom) tracks - Swiss Army knife is 3.5 inches long|