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    So last week I put out a couple of gallons of chicken guts and blood. I buried them under some willow and put a trail camera on it to see what was in the area. I went out today to check on it, my batteries were dead and then when I got home I discovered I forgot to put the memory card in the camera... So sad...

    Anyhow, there was a bunch of small tracks all around the bait and parts of it scattered here and there. My question is: could that be squirrels, do they eat meat? Or have I in fact finally found an ermine? The tracks were side by side and spaced 8-10 inches apart.

    I set 3 traps around the area of the bait pile, I baited them with moose trimmings that were fairly rank.

    Thanks in advance!

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    The short answer is yes. Squirrels, and most other rodents are known to be cannibalistic. And there are some accounts af squirrels being predatory of other small rodents. And they certainly eat bird eggs, insects, etc. Chicken guts... who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    The short answer is yes. Squirrels, and most other rodents are known to be cannibalistic. And there are some accounts af squirrels being predatory of other small rodents. And they certainly eat bird eggs, insects, etc. Chicken guts... who knows?
    What he said, and to add, I have witnessed such behavior in squirrels.

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    I have read studies that red squirrels are a major source of predation on leverets (baby hares)

    I have many times seen where red squirrels will enter my marten cubbies and steal the grouse guts and whatnot.

    I have also watched beaver eat salmon, I had to scratch my head the first time I saw that.

    Ermine tracks look just like marten tracks, only much much smaller. Side by side, but one ahead of the other. 8-10" apart sounds about right but depends on snow depth. Squirrels generally have the front tracks spread apart and the rear tracks more together right behind the fronts....generally anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkwarthog View Post
    I have read studies that red squirrels are a major source of predation on leverets (baby hares)

    I have many times seen where red squirrels will enter my marten cubbies and steal the grouse guts and whatnot.

    I have also watched beaver eat salmon, I had to scratch my head the first time I saw that.

    Ermine tracks look just like marten tracks, only much much smaller. Side by side, but one ahead of the other. 8-10" apart sounds about right but depends on snow depth. Squirrels generally have the front tracks spread apart and the rear tracks more together right behind the fronts....generally anyway.
    Thanks fellas, sure looked like round little feet to me but I didn't try and count the front toes, I've been looking at references pictures of tracks and I keep going back and forth on what it might have been, guess i'll have a better idea when I check my traps, hopefully anyhow!

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