We've been seeing a lot of these "evictions" in the snow the past couple of weeks. Is it flying squirrels doing house cleaning? Woodpecker territorial wars? Carnivorous tree raids?
The tracks led from the base of this black oak (showing basal scars from an old logging operation?)
We followed the tracks through the deep snow, north towards the pipeline.
I hoped we might be able to follow the tracks to the raccoon itself. When I saw this gouged tuliptree in the distance, I had a feeling we might be in luck.