What Has Three Toes In New Hampshire?

Cryptid footprint found in New HampshireI have written before about the three toed footprint I found as a kid in North Idaho and in years of looking have found few instances of anything like it.  Three toed footprints seem pretty rare in the cryptozoology world, and I’m sure some are just other prints mashed together and just appear as one print.  Others, like the one I found, confound rational explanation.  Now I get news of a new three toed footprint that has been documented in the woods of New Hampshire.

Recently one of our readers wrote it with this interesting account of finding not one but two three toed footprints in the wilds of the Mount Lafayette National Forest.

White Mountain National Forest 3 toed footprintAfter hiking two days into the forest, they had set up camp and were exploring the area.  It had rained overnight and they had just come into a nearly dry river bed when they found two three toed footprints that look like nothing I’ve seen before.

“We had probably walked about an hour or so out into the woods when we came across a dried out river bed. The prints that are attached are what we saw at the bottom of the river bed. The clear print that shows 3 toes was about 12 feet from the second print. I didn’t think the second print was anything of note but since it was the ONLY other print around the 3 toed one I took a picture of it.”

New Hampshire cryptid footprintThey searched and the area and found only those two prints.  Could they be a “double print” from some creature?  Sure, but I have to say that I grew up in the woods and never saw anything that even resembled such a thing.
Curious as to what could have made these very odd tracks, he reached out to the Bigfoot community.
“I uploaded the pictures to a big foot forum that I poke around on as soon as I got back.  The general consensus was that it may have been a double deer print or the like. My renewed interest is due to speaking with a Co-worker who hunts almost every weekend. He took a look as it had come up in conversation and told me he can say with close to 100% certainty that it is not a deer, beer, fox, etc. While he has 0 belief in Bigfoot or Crypto he is convinced that it is 100% a prank or legitimate unknown animal.”
He notes that their remote location almost assuredly rules out hoaxing due to the slim chance that anyone would find faked tracks.  That leaves either a double track, or some legitimate creature walking along the stream bed.  But what could it be?

I ask our readers for their best input on what could have caused these three toed footprints that have been found in New Hampshire.  Fraud, double print, or crypit?  I’m torn on this one, but it is pretty intriguing that their may be a 3 toed monster roaming our lands.