Animal Tracks Tell a Story...

Tracks can give you a lot of information about an animal. Look closely at the footprint, is there claw marks? how many toes? can you see fur?
deer tracks Above are prints belonging to the deer family, deer on the left, caribou in the middle, and elk on the right.

Look at the animal trail.. Does it look like the creature is moving fast? Resting? Where does it lead? A hole? Up a tree? What is around the path? Any food? What plants have been munched on?

Prints from a rabbit hopping by look like the head of a rabbit,as shown in the picture below on the left, it's two front legs forming the head, and the two back legs forming the ears.

rabbit and weasel tracks

Footprints that appear in pairs opposite of each other, like the above right picture, is characteristic of the animal bounding across the ground. This is a very common way of travel for the weasel family.

Consider where you are.. what animals live in this kind of environment? Where is there cover? Food? Water? All these factors will give you a better understanding of what you are looking at.

It is definitely useful to read through some guide books, not only animal signs, but for plants, and animals in general too. But most importantly to get out there and practice. Then you can find first hand the interactions between plants and animals around you.

Practice by following your own footsteps!

Picture Below: an imprint of a coyote foot.

a coyote track

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