This hike, at the Prendergast Creek Wetland Preserve, was difficult but very rewarding. I parked at the marina on Snug Harbor Road to the west of Chautauqua Lake. Just a little beyond the marina is a dock for boats. I walked just to the right of the dock which was the northern edge of the preserve. In the mud were footprints with five toes and nails. Was it a muskrat? No, these feet were rounder and squattier. My guess is that they belonged to a raccoon. I could just picture it dining on crayfish.