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Western Jumping Mouse tracks

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Western jumping mouse
Zapus princeps

The front foot has four toes in a 1-2-1 grouping, but the hind foot has five toes in a 1-3-1 grouping. The hind foot is narrow and long with an overall length of an American quarter. The heel is hairless with long, thin toes.

The bounding stride for a Western Jumping Mouse is approximately 60-120 inches (150-300 cm), but when being chased or in a hurry it can have even more space between prints. Tracks can be irregular and difficult to follow if the animal was being chased because the mouse has a tendency to make sharp turns to elude predators, often making tracks appear to stop suddenly.

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